June 17, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team will once again boast a competitive schedule for the 2010-11 season as announced Thursday by Head Coach Bruce Marshall.
This season the format of Atlantic Hockey play has differed with the addition of Niagara and Robert Morris to the conference. The AHA will now be split into an East and West division. The Huskies will play three games against each of the other teams in the East Division and will face all of the teams in the West Division just two times for a total of 27 AHA games.
The season will begin with a big test as the Huskies head up to Orono to take on the highly competitive Hockey East squad in the University of Maine on September 9. Maine finished in a tie for third place last year in the Hockey East with a record of 19-17-3 falling to the eventual NCAA Champions, Boston College in the HEA championship game. It will be the first time that the two teams have met since the 1978-79 season and Maine holds a 2-0-0 series edge over the Huskies.
UConn will continue their year with yet another game against a Hockey East opponent when they take on Merrimack on September 23 in Andover, Mass. The Huskies will face off against former assistant coach Glenn Stewart who will enter his second season as assistant coach with the Warriors.
The Huskies will play in their first Atlantic Hockey game of the year when they travel to West Point to play Army on September 23 followed by a Thursday night game in Schenectady, N.Y. where UConn will take on ECAC foe, Union.
Connecticut will open the month of November at home where they will face off with Canisius in their home opener and first AHA series of the season on November 5 and 6. The month of November is filled with AHA games as the Huskies return to the road on November 12 and 13 to take on 2010 Atlantic Hockey Regular Season and Tournament Champion R.I.T. The Tigers 2009-10 season was the best in school history as they set a program record for wins, making it all the way to the Frozen Four for the first time in school history.
The Huskies will play close to home the following weekend when they head to Bentley on Friday, November 19 for a rematch of the AHA 2010 First Round game. The Huskies edged Bentley 2-1 in regulation. On Saturday night UConn returns home for its final home game during the first half of the season where it will face AIC.
The Huskies will participate in their first tournament of the season when they head to Troy, N.Y. for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Thanksgiving Tournament. Along with the Huskies and RPI, Bowling Green and Alabama-Huntsville will be a part of the two-day tournament beginning on Friday, November 26 with a game against the host team.
A two-game series at Niagara on the third and fourth of December followed by a single game at Sacred Heart on Friday, December 10 will close out the first half of the season for the Huskies. UConn will meet up with Niagara for the first time in the 50-year history of the program and the first time in Atlantic Hockey play. The Purple Eagles will embark on their first year in the AHA.
UConn's second half will open with the Toyota UConn Classic for the 18th consecutive season. The two-day tournament on December 29 and 30 will boast teams from the ECAC (Princeton), the CCHA (Bowling Green) and Atlantic Hockey (Holy Cross and UConn). The tournament will begin with a game between Princeton and Bowling green followed by UConn/Holy Cross. The losers of each game will meet in the consolation round game the next day followed by the Championship game between the day one winners.
The Huskies will continue at home to open the month of January when the host Mercyhurst on the seventh and eighth. The series will be followed by a Tuesday night game at ECAC opponent Dartmouth, the first game against the Big Green since 2004.
The Huskies will take on the other new addition to Atlantic Hockey, Robert Morris, in two road games on January 14 and 15. It will not only be the first time the two teams have met in conference play, but the first time in the history of either program.
UConn will return home the following weekend for a series with Air Force followed by a road series at Holy Cross to close out January.
The month of February will be all about the home-and-home series. The Huskies start the month with a weekend series that begins at Army on February 4 followed by a home game against the Black Knights the following night.
The series with Sacred Heart will be special for the Huskies as it will take place outdoors at Rentschler Field as part of the "Whalers Hockey Fest". The 10-day Whalers Hockey Fest could include as many as 20 outdoor games between professional, college, prep school and high school teams at Rentschler Field. After a Friday night match at the Milford Ice Pavillion, the two teams will meet on Sunday, February 13.
Connecticut men's ice hockey played in an outdoor rink on campus since the inception of the program in 1960 before Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum was opened prior to the 1999 season. The Huskies game against the Pioneers will be the sixth outdoor NCAA men's ice hockey game played since 2001 and the fourth since January 2010. UConn is just the third east coast team to participate in an outdoor game of this caliber.
The Huskies will take on Bentley on the road the following Friday, followed by a home match with the Falcons. UConn's final home game comes against AIC on Friday, February 25 where the Huskies will host a "Senior Night" honoring the graduating seniors. Their final game of the year comes at AIC the following night.