ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Holy Cross men's hockey coach Paul Pearl (Winthrop, Mass.) was named the 2011 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year at the conference's banquet last week.
This is the second time that Pearl has earned this honor as he was also named the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year. He was also the 2002 MAAC Coach of the Year, the 1998 ECAC East Coach of the Year and the 1998 New England Writers’ Association Coach of the Year.
The Crusaders recorded a 17-16-5 overall record and went 14-8-5 in the Atlantic Hockey regular season to finish third. The Crusaders' 17 overall wins are the most in a season since it won a school record 27 games in 2005-06.
On Jan. 28, with 10 games left to play in the regular season, the Crusaders were tied for eighth place out of 12 teams in Atlantic Hockey with a 6-8-3 league record and 15 points. Holy Cross then finished in third place with 33 points, taking 18 of the 20 available points.
The third place finish is Holy Cross' best since it placed first in the standings in the 2005-06 season. Also this season, the Crusaders set a new school record when they went undefeated in 12 straight games between Jan. 22 and March 11.