The Huskies leading scorer Chris Ochoa returns to the line-up for the 2009-10 season
July 8, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Head Coach Bruce Marshall announced the 2009-10 University of Connecticut men's hockey schedule Wednesday. The Huskies will be participating in 34 games throughout the season against fifteen different teams.
UConn will compete four times against five different Atlantic Hockey teams. For the second year in a row, the Huskies will meet with Atlantic Hockey powerhouses Air Force and RIT in two, two-game series. They will also meet up with Canisius, Mercyhurst and Bentley four times throughout the year.
The first half of the season is spent mostly on the road. The Huskies begin with a home exhibition game against the Royal Military College on October 3 before heading off on a six-game road trip through the rest of the month of October. UConn will head off to Michigan where they will begin their season at Ferris State on October 16 and 17 before returning to Massachusetts for games at Bentley and Merrimack during the weekend of October 23-25. The Huskies round out the month with a couple of games at RIT on Halloween weekend.
The month of November begins with UConn's home opener at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum against American International on November 6 and 7. Of the last five home openers won by the Huskies, four have come against AIC. The following weekend, UConn will head out on the road traveling to Buffalo for a weekend series against Canisius before returning home to battle Air Force on the 20 and 21, their final home games during the first half of the season. The Huskies head to Worcester for a Tuesday night matchup with Holy Cross on November 24 before finishing the month at Brown for a Saturday afternoon meeting. A couple of games at Mercyhurst rounds out the first half of the year on December 4 and 5.
The Huskies begin their second half by hosting the 17th annual Toyota UConn Classic at the end of December. This year's classic features Hockey East powerhouse UMass, ECAC representative Union College, and Atlantic Hockey foe Bentley. The Classic will kick off on December 29 with game one of the doubleheader where UMass will take on Union followed by a meeting between Connecticut and Bentley. The winners of each game advance to the championship game held the following night at 7:15 p.m. while the losers move to the consolation game which will begin the doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.
After the UConn Classic, the Huskies head out on the road to USAFA, Colo. where they will face Air Force on January 8 and 9. They return home the following weekend for a two-game series with RIT before heading out on a three-game road trip that will take them to West Point, N.Y. and Princeton, N.J. First, the Huskies will faceoff against Army on January 22 and 23 before taking part in their only Monday night game of the year at Princeton. The final two games of the month come against Sacred Heart at Freitas, the first time the Huskies have faced the Pioneers at home since February 8, 2008 (a seven-game road stretch).
In February, UConn begins the month hosting a series against Canisius on the 5 and 6 before they head out for another Tuesday night meeting with Holy Cross. During the weekend of the 19 and 20, UConn takes part in its yearly home-and-away meeting with Bentley, the home game coming on Friday, February 19, before wrapping up the regular season at home against Mercyhurst. Prior to their final game of the year, on February 27, the class of 2010 will be honored.
The Atlantic Hockey Playoffs will begin on March 6 with the play-in games between the 9-12 seeds. The following weekend, from March 12-14, will be the AHA Quarterfinals, a best of three series to determine the final four teams. Those teams will travel to Rochester, N.Y. for the AHA Final Four weekend taking place from March 19-20.