by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Paul Pearl
2006-07 Record: 10-20-5 (9-14-5 Atlantic Hockey)
Key Returnees: Matt Burke D SR., Matt Werry F SR., Dale Reinhardt F SR., Brian Kolb F SR., Cal St. Denis F SR., Chris Trovato F SR., Dewey Thomson F JR., Marty Dams D JR., Shane McAdam D JR., Tyler Chestnut G SO., Ian Dams G SO., Ryan Driscoll F SO., Brodie Sheahan F SO., Rob Forshner F SO.
Key Losses: James Sixsmith, Tanner Fogarty, Sean Nappo, Jon Landry, Frank O'Grady, Rob Godfrey
After pulling off the biggest upset in college hockey history against Minnesota in the 2006 NCAA tournament, the Holy Cross Crusaders took a step back in 2006-07. The team went from a school-record 27 wins in 2005-06 to just 10 in 2006-07.
"Times were re-organizing," said head coach Paul Pearl about last season. "We weren't consistent."
The Crusaders were 7-6-1 heading into December, and looking OK. However, a record of 3-14-4 the rest of the way dropped the team to sixth place. A loss to Air Force in the first round of the tournament completed the season for Holy Cross.
Now looking ahead to this season, the Crusaders have 10 seniors are on this roster, with a good amount of experience.
"These kids have been around for a long time," said Pearl about the senior class. "They have taken a step forward every year and they are all good leaders."
This year, three seniors will have the honor of being a captain. Defenseman Matt Burke will be the teams captain while Matt Werry and Dale Reinhardt, both forwards, will be the assistants.
"They are good players who have had good careers," Pearl said about his captains.
Another large group this year will be the incoming recruiting class.
"It is a good group of players," Pearl said about the class. "We got some good talent and added some depth.
"There were a ton of new guys last year. This year we added new talent.
"Gone are the days of two teams dominating (Atlantic Hockey), us and Mercyhurst. This year should be wide open."