FAIRFIELD, Conn.— The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team was selected third in the 2019-20 Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll on Tuesday. This is the highest preseason poll ranking the Pioneers have received since the 2006-07 season when they were picked to finish second.
SHU finished its sixth straight season with double-digit wins last season, finishing with a 16-17-4 overall record while recording a 15-13-3 conference record while propelled them to the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals. The Pioneers return 22 student-athletes from a season ago. Sophomore Austin Magera is SHU's top returning point scorer from last year. The forward recorded 27 points and finished first on the team with 14 goals. 11 returning players registered double-digit points in 2018-19.
The 2018-19 Atlantic Hockey Champions American International was selected to finish first with 100 points and 10 first place votes. Niagara was picked second with 78 points while Bentley and SHU were both selected to place third each tallying 77 points. The Falcons also received a first place vote to round out the top four the league. RIT (56 points), Air Force (60) and Robert Morris (46) make out the fifth, sixth and seventh slots while Army West Point (38), Mercyhurst (25), Holy Cross (21) and Canisius (17) conclude the rest of the poll.
The Pioneers open up the regular season on Saturday, October 5 when they host in-state rival UConn. Game-time is set for 7:05 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena. For ticket information, please contact, call the SHU Box Office at 203-396-8499 or email email@example.com.
2019 Atlantic Hockey Preseason Poll
1. AIC – 100 points (10 first place votes)
2. Niagara – 78 points
T-3. Bentley – 77 points (1 first place vote)
T-3. Sacred Heart – 77 points
5. RIT – 66 points
6. Air Force – 60 points
7. Robert Morris – 46 points
8. Army – 38 points
9. Mercyhurst – 25 points
10. Holy Cross – 21 points
11. Canisius – 17 points