May 24, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Head coach Bruce Marshalland the UConn men's hockey program will face two teams that participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including a home contest against Frozen Four participant Union, as the Huskies 2012-13 schedule was announced on Thursday. UConn will host 17 games in Storrs, including the 20th annual UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 29 and 30.
2012-13 Men's Hockey Schedule Notes
- UConn hosts 17 games at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum - The 20th annual UConn Hockey Classic takes place on Dec. 29 and 30 with American International, Minnesota State and Brown coming to Storrs. - The Huskies will face two teams, both at home, that competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament (Air Force, Union). - UConn will play host to Penn State for a weekend series in the Nittany Lions' inaugural season of NCAA Division I hockey. - Connecticut will play 27 league contests and seven games against teams outside of the Atlantic Hockey Association. - UConn will play host to a nine-game home streak from November 23-January 5.
Along with 27 games against teams from the Atlantic Hockey Association, UConn will face off with members of the ECAC, Hockey East, WCHA and Penn State, serving as an independent program in 2012-13.
Connecticut opens at UMass-Amherst of the Hockey East Association on October 12 before starting the AHA campaign at Holy Cross on October 26. Last season, UConn swept Holy Cross for the first time since joining the AHA in 2003-04.
The Huskies will host their first game of the season at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on October 27 against a Union squad that won the ECAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four this past season. UConn tied then-No. 13 Union, 3-3, in Schenectady, N.Y. two seasons ago. All home games are set to begin at 7:05 p.m.
November opens with three straight games against AHA competition, beginning with a two-game set at Niagara on November 2 and 3, followed by a home contest against Sacred Heart in Storrs on November 9.
UConn then faces off at Hockey East's Merrimack on November 10. Merrimack ended the 2011-12 season ranked No. 17 in the final USCHO poll. Connecticut travels to Bentley on November 17 before starting a nine-game home stand from November 23-January 5.
The Huskies will look for some revenge when AHA Champion Air Force comes to town to start the home stand on November 23 and 24. Connecticut fell to Air Force, 2-1, in a three-game series in the AHA Quarterfinals a year ago.
Two games against Canisius on November 30 and December 1 and a home match against Army on December 7 lead up to the 20th annual UConn Hockey Classic.
Minnesota State of the WCHA and Brown of the ECAC will compete in game one at 4:05 p.m. on December 29. The Huskies will battle AHA foe AIC at 7:15 that night. The losers will face off at 4:05 on December 30 before the championship contest at 7:15. Last season, UConn fell to then-No. 17 UMass Lowell, 4-3, in overtime in the championship game.
January begins with Penn State heading to Storrs for its inaugural season in Division I on January 4 and 5 to conclude UConn's nine-game home stand.
Two games at Robert Morris on the January 11 and 12 precede a two-game set at home against Mercyhurst on January 18 and 19. The Huskies will conclude the non-conference schedule at Quinnipiac of the ECAC on January 22.
The home-and-home portion of the schedule beings when AIC travels to UConn on January 25 and UConn returns to Springfield, Mass. on January 26. Two games at RIT on February 1 and 2 mark the final stretch of AHA contests. UConn will play Bentley (Feb. 8-9), Holy Cross (Feb. 15-16), and Sacred Heart (March 1-2) in home-and-homes with two games at Army on February 22-23 thrown in to close out the regular season.
The AHA Playoffs begin with a first round series at campus sites on March 8-10, followed by a best-of-three AHA Quarterfinals at campus locations from March 15-17. The AHA Semifinals and Finals take place at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Mar. 22 and 23. UConn advanced to the AHA Quarterfinals last season, falling at eventual champion Air Force, 2-1, in a three-game series. The Huskies advanced to face Air Force by sweeping Canisius in a three-game series held in Storrs.