June 23, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women's ice hockey head coach Heather Linstad has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 season, with the Huskies slated to open the year in late September. The upcoming schedule features three 2011 NCAA Tournament participants, four teams that finished last season ranked in the top 10 and the eighth annual Nutmeg Classic.
Linstad and the Huskies will kick off the 2011-12 season in the friendly confines of the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum with a two-game series against RPI on Friday, September 30 and Saturday October 1. Over the past five years the Huskies have gone 49-22-16 at the Freitas Ice Forum and will look to continue that dominance this season with 19 home contests, including 10 in Hockey East action.
UConn will hit the road for the first time when they travel to St. Lawrence and Clarkson for two games over the second weekend in October. The Huskies will face the Saints on Saturday, October 8 and will then match up against the Golden Knights on Sunday, October 9. UConn's final opponent before beginning conference play will be Minnesota-Duluth, as the Huskies will host the Bulldogs in a two-game weekend series (October 14-15). The Bulldogs will be the first of four ranked opponents for UConn, as they ended last season ranked No. 5 after reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
The Huskies will open the 2011-12 Hockey East slate with a two-game home series against Maine (October 21-22), which will mark the first time that UConn will begin conference play against the Black Bears. The conference outing will be brief though, as the Huskies will travel to Syracuse (October 28-29) for a pair of non-conference contests to close out the month.
Linstad's squad will return to conference play to begin the month of November, as they will face four Hockey East opponents before participating in the Nutmeg Classic. UConn will first play a home-and-home with Northeastern (November 4-5) before hosting Providence on Saturday, November 12, their second of four opponents that ended last year ranked in the top 10. The Huskies will finish the conference stretch by playing at Boston University, the 2011 NCAA Runner-Up (November 19) and by hosting Vermont (November 20).
This year's Nutmeg Classic will be hosted by UConn with the opening contests taking place on Friday, November 25 as Connecticut will host Quinnipiac and Yale will face off against Robert Morris. The consolation and championship games will take place on Saturday, November 26.
UConn's only contests during December will be a weekend trip to Vermont as they will face the Catamounts in a two-game WHEA series on December 3 and December 4.
Following the December break, the Huskies will open January with three straight non-conference games at Freitas Ice Forum. UConn will host Harvard (January 3), Brown (January 7) and Union (January 10) before returning to Hockey East play.
In mid-January the Huskies will go on their longest conference road swing of the season, playing two games at New Hampshire (January 14-15) and one at Maine (January 20). UConn will close out the month by hosting Boston College (January 22), who ended last season ranked No. 3, and by playing a home-and-home series against Providence (January 28-29).
February will be the lone month in which UConn plays only conference opponents, splitting time on the road and at Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies will play a home-and-home series with both Boston College (February 11-12) and Boston University (February 18-19), while hosting New Hampshire (February 5) and traveling to Northeastern (February 4).
Throughout the regular season the Huskies will be vying for a spot in the Hockey East Tournament which will take place from February 25 through March 4. If UConn were to make the tournament, it would be the sixth consecutive year for the Huskies and the eighth time overall.