Sept. 25, 2012
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Army has been picked to finish 10th in the Atlantic Hockey Association, according to a vote of the league's head coaches. The poll was announced Tuesday at the Blue Cross Arena at Atlantic Hockey Association Media Day.
Army received 30 points and was picked ahead of American International and Sacred Heart. Each of the league's 12 head coaches voted but were not allowed to choose their own team.
Air Force collected eight first-place votes and was the top choice, followed by Niagara, which had three first-place votes. Mercyhurst was third while Bentley and RIT shared the fourth pick.
Holy Cross was chosen sixth with Connecticut, Robert Morris, Canisius, Army, AIC and Sacred Heart rounding out the poll. Robert Morris received the other first-place vote.
Army has 13 freshmen on its 2012-13 roster and will play a challenging schedule that includes 17 home games.
The 2013 Atlantic Hockey Tournament will feature the same format as last year. The top four teams receive a bye into the quarterfinals with seeds 5-8 hosting seeds 9-12 in a best two-out-of-three first round series starting Friday, March 8. The first round winners will then be re-seeded and travel to the top four seeds for a best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series, which will begin Friday, March 15.
The four winners will then travel to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. with the highest remaining seed facing the lowest remaining seed in the first semifinal, with the other two remaining seeds facing off in the second semifinal on Friday, March 22.
The two semifinal winners will then face-off in the Championship game on Saturday, March 23 with the NCAA Tournament automatic berth on the line.
During the 2012-13 season, Army will play 17 games at Tate Rink with dates against Penn State, Royal Military College and the Russian Junior All-Stars as well as Atlantic Hockey Association opponents Sacred Heart, American International, Niagara, Robert Morris, RIT and Connecticut.
Army will begin its season at the Icebreaker Tournament Oct. 12 against Nebraska-Omaha. Maine and Notre Dame will play in the first game of the tournament with the consolation and championship contests set for the next day.
The first home game of the season is a league contest against Sacred Heart, the start of a home-and-home series Oct. 19 and 20.
Season tickets and single-game tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at goARMYsports.com, by phone at 1-877-TIX-ARMY on in person at the Army Ticket Office.