July 26, 2012
Video interview with coach Linstad on GottaLoveCTHockey.org
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team will open the 2012-13 season at Union on September 29 and begin the home portion of its schedule on October 26 against Syracuse.
The Huskies start the season on the road for seven straight games, including trips to RPI (Oct. 5-6), Colgate (Oct. 12-13) and the conference opener at Maine (Oct. 20-21).
"Strong teams are built for adversity," stated head coach Heather Linstad. "I think playing so many road games early will be a challenge, but it will prepare us for league play and help build team chemistry and mental toughness."
Outside of the first five games of the season, UConn will also face St. Lawrence (Nov. 18), Yale (Nov. 23), Princeton (Jan. 2-3) and Harvard (Jan. 15), all from the ECAC, as a part of its non-conference schedule. The Huskies host St. Lawrence and Princeton at the Freitas Ice Forum.
"From day one we are trying to build a team that can do well in the play-offs," said Linstad. "I think we have put together a very competitive non-conference schedule and we will be battle tested for our Hockey East foes."
The game against Yale will be in the opening round of the Nutmeg Classic, hosted by the Bulldogs at Ingalls Rink, at 7:00 pm. The championship round will be played the following day when the Huskies will either meet Quinnipiac or Boston College.
"As always, I think the middle of our schedule is highlighted by the Nutmeg Classic. Playing the host team, Yale, will be a challenge, but our sights will be set on getting to the championship game."
Northeastern visits Storrs on November 2 for the first home Hockey East competition of the season. UConn hits the road for three straight conference match-ups against Northeastern (Nov. 3), Providence (Nov. 10) and Vermont (Nov. 16) and later closes out the fall semester with a home series against the Catamounts (Dec. 1-2).
Connecticut jumps back into conference action on January 8 for a home contest against Boston University. After visiting Harvard, the schedule heats up with Hockey East games from their on out. New Hampshire comes to Freitas for a pair of games on January 19 and 20, while Maine (Jan. 26), Providence (Feb. 1), Northeastern (Feb. 9), Boston College (Feb. 17) and BU (Feb. 24) round out the home schedule.