WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross freshman defenseman Karl Beckman (Okemos, Mich.) has been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team for the 2012-2013 regular season. Beckman has four goals and 12 assists for 16 points.
This season Beckman was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for February as his eight assists led the team for the month. Beckman was named the Team Travel USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on March 4 as the Crusaders went 3-0-0 on the week. He posted one assist in the 4-2 win versus Sacred Heart on Feb 25, while he netted two goals as the Crusaders defeated Army, 6-3 on March 1. Additionally, Beckman was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on Feb. 4, as he posted his first collegiate goal and also tallied one assist for two points as the Crusaders defeated Canisius, 5-1, on Feb. 3. Beckman has four goals and eight assists for 12 points over the last nine games.
The Crusaders (19-12-3 overall, 15-9-3 Atlantic Hockey) return to action on March 15-17, as they host a best two-out-of-three Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series at the Hart Center. The games on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:00 p.m., while if there is a game on Sunday it will be at 5:00 p.m. The Crusaders, who are the No. 3 seed and earned a first round bye, will play No. 6 seed Mercyhurst (16-15-5, 12-11-4 AHA), which swept a best two-out-of-three first round series versus Army last week. The Crusaders split the two-game regular season series this year with the Lakers at the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Jan. 11-12. Holy Cross won the first game by a 2-1 score and lost the second, 4-2. Last season, these two teams also met in this round as the Lakers won the quarterfinal series at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in three games.
The Crusaders' 19-12-3 record is their best after the first 34 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 23-9-2. Holy Cross, which went 20-15-4 last year, is looking to earn back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time in program history. The Crusaders are 4-0-1 in their last five games.
2012-2013 Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team
Andrew Gladiuk, Forward, Bentley*
Joe Kozlak, Forward, Army
Chris Porter, Forward, AIC
Matt Blomquist, Defense, Bentley
Karl Beckman, Defense, Holy Cross
* - Unanimous selection