STORRS, Conn. – UConn head women’s hockey coach Chris MacKenzie announced the Huskies’ 2017-18 schedule. UConn will play 19 games on their home ice in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum including playing host to the 14th annual Nutmeg Classic in November.
The Huskies have a 34-game slate set for the 2017-18 season and gets officially underway with a season-opening jaunt to Herb Brooks National Hockey Center for a two-game series against St. Cloud State on September 29th and 30th. UConn will host non-conference two-game series with Union coming to Storrs on October 13th and 14th and Rensselaer pays a visit on November 3rd and 4th.
The 14th annual Nutmeg Classic will take place at the Freitas Ice Forum during Thanksgiving week on November 24th and 25th with state rivals Yale and Quinnipiac along with Penn State visiting campus. The Huskies will take on the Nittany Lions on Friday and with the consolation/championship game set for Saturday. The Huskies wrap-up non-conference play with a road trip to Dartmouth on New Year’s Eve and a home date with Brown on January 6th.
The start of the 24-game Hockey East schedule also marks the Huskies’ 2017-18 home-opener when the Vermont Catamounts come to town on October 7th. The nine-team league allow each team to meet three times during the season. Hockey East will become a 10-member league in 2018-19 with the addition of Holy Cross.
The Huskies will host defending league champion Boston College twice this season (Oct. 20 & Nov. 18). UConn will also Providence (Dec. 1st and Feb.3rd ), Maine (Jan. 26 & 27) and Merrimack (Feb. 16 & 17).
The highlight of the home schedule is a five-game Hockey East homestand from Jan. 21st through February 3rd (vs. BU, Maine 2x, Northeastern, Providence) and seven of the last nine games of the season in Freitas to head into the playoffs.
The Hockey East playoffs will open on March 23rd through 25th with best of three series at home sites of the high seeds.