Men's Ice Hockey Picked Sixth In Atlantic Hockey Preseason Poll
WORCESTER, Mass.- The Holy Cross men’s hockey team has been selected sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Crusaders received 72 total points.
The 2016-17 AHC Tournament Champion, Air Force, has been selected as the overall favorite with 97 total points and eight first-place votes. With 87 points and two first-place votes Robert Morris was selected second.
Army West Point was voted third with 76 points and RIT fourth with 70 points. Canisius, the 2016-17 regular season champion, was selected fifth overall with 65 points and also received one first place vote.
The Crusaders were selected sixth, only seven points behind Canisius. Holy Cross returns 23 players from last season including Danny Lopez, who led the league in power play goals (12). The team also returns its starting goaltender and four of its five top scorers. Holy Cross finished the 2016-17 season in fifth place in the league (11-10-7) and with an overall record of 14-15-7. The team finished in fourth among the league in scoring, averaging 2.75 goals per game.
Mercyhurst was tabbed seventh with 52 points, followed by Bentley in eighth (32 points), AIC (27 points) in ninth, Sacred Heart (20 points) in 10th, and Niagara (15 points) in 11th.
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2017-18 Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
- Air Force 8 first place votes - 97 points
- Robert Morris - 2 first place votes - 87 points
- Army - 76 points
- RIT - 70 points
- Canisius - 1 first place vote - 65 points
- Holy Cross - 58 points
- Mercyhurst - 52 points
- Bentley - 38 points
- AIC - 27 points
- Sacred Heart - 20 points
- Niagara - 15 points