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UConn Announces 2015-16 Hockey Slate

2015-16 Captain Patrick Kirtland
July 30, 2015

2015-16 Schedule

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STORRS, Conn.
– Fifteen home games at the XL Center in downtown Hartford highlight the 2015-16 UConn men’s hockey schedule released today by head coach Mike Cavanaugh. The schedule is also highlighted with appearances in the 25th annual Mariucci Classic and Desert Hockey Classic tournaments in January as well as a Hockey East match-up with Notre Dame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The puck will officially drop on the 2015-16 season with a trip down south to take on the Alabama Huntsville Chargers in a two-game weekend series at the Von Braun Center on October 9th and 10th. The UConn-UAH hockey series dates back to the 1987-88 season with the Chargers holding an 8-2-0 edge in the all-time series. The two teams last faced-off during the 2010-11 season, a 6-2 UAH win in the consolation game of the RPI Holiday Tournament. This will be UConn’s first trip to Alabama Huntsville since the 2003-04 season.

UConn led Hockey East in home attendance last season, averaging 5,396 fans per game at the XL Center last season. The Huskies open their 15-game home slate on Friday, October 16th playing host to college hockey’s newest team in the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Huskies will also travel out to Tempe, Arizona to face ASU in a return match-up on January 5th and then take part in the inaugural Desert Hockey Classic on January 8th and 10th.

The game against Arizona State in Tempe will be the first NCAA home game in Sun Devil history and the first NCAA hockey game played in the state of Arizona since Northern Arizona University stopped sponsoring hockey in 1985. UConn will be joined by fellow Nutmeg state opponent Yale and Michigan Tech in the first-ever Desert Hockey Classic. The Huskies will face-off with Michigan Tech while ASU and Yale will square-off on day one of the event.  This will be the first-ever meeting between UConn and Michigan Tech.


 

 

The Huskies will also host Army (Nov. 10th), in-state rivals Quinnipiac (Nov. 17th) and Sacred Heart (Jan. 26th) and Brown (Feb. 2nd) in non-conference match-ups this season. UConn faced all four teams last season as well, knocking off a then No. 15 ranked Quinnipiac team 4-1 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Huskies posted a 6-3 road win over former Atlantic Hockey foe Army but fell short in road games against the Pioneers, 2-0, and Bears, 1-0.

UConn will celebrate New Year’s and ring in 2016 with an appearance in the 25th annual Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis. The Huskies are joined by the host Minnesota Gophers, Ferris State and Harvard in this year’s tournament at Mariucci Arena. Ferris State and Harvard open the event with the Huskies and Minnesota set to face-off in game two in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the ice. The Huskies have also never faced Harvard and are 0-6-0 all-time against Ferris State.

The Huskies are set to open their second season of play in Hockey East this season after posting a 7-11-4 mark in league play in their inaugural season to finish tied for ninth in the standings. UConn opens league play with a home-and-home series against national semifinalist Boston University on October 24th and 27th.

UConn will also play home-and-home Hockey East series with Boston College, UMass, UMass Lowell, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Northeastern, national champion Providence and Vermont. The Huskies will host Notre Dame for two-games and travel to Maine for two this season.

The Fighting Irish pay a visit to the XL Center on Halloween for a mid-afternoon matinee before the two teams head down to the Barclays Center to take part in the Brooklyn Hockey college hockey double header. UConn and Notre Dame will follow an Atlantic Hockey match-up between Army and Bentley. Tickets are on sale now for the event online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

The defending National Champion Providence Friars will make their stop at the XL Center on Saturday, February, 13th. The Huskies will potentially face eight teams (Providence, Boston University, Boston College, Minnesota, Michigan Tech, Quinnipiac, Harvard and Yale) this season who appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season.

The Huskies will host Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario in an exhibition match-up on Saturday, October 3rd at the Freitas Ice Forum on the Storrs campus. This will be the only chance this season to catch the Huskies on the ice on campus.

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