Aug. 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- First-year head coach Chris MacKenzie and the UConn women's ice hockey team have announced the schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The Huskies take on a challenging slate that features 34 regular season contests, including 16 home contests at Freitas Ice Forum and the 2013 Nutmeg Classic in Hamden, Conn.
The Huskies will take on three teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last year, including national runner-up Boston University. The Terriers are part of UConn's 21-game Women's Hockey East Association (WHEA) schedule, featuring three-game sets with each member of the league. Boston College and Harvard were the other tournament teams featured on the '13-14 schedule, and along with Northeastern give UConn four opponents who finished in the top-10 of the final USCHO.com poll, accounting for 10 games with such opponents.
UConn opens the year hosting Union on Sept. 28 at Freitas. The Dutchwomen and Huskies also kicked off the 2012-13 campaign, with Union coming away with a 3-2 win in Schenectady, N.Y. UConn then hits the road for a pair of contests at Minnesota-Duluth on Oct. 4 and 5, looking for its first win in four tries against the Bulldogs.
The early non-conference slates continues when the Huskies host two-game sets with Colgate (Oct. 11 and 12) and Rensselear (Oct. 25 and 26). Both series are return trips after UConn visited the two squads for early season action last year. The Huskies are 3-3-2 all-time against Colgate, and picked up a draw in their trip to RPI last year.
The 2013-14 Hockey East league schedule gets underway on Nov. 1, when Vermont visits Freitas as the kick-off of four straight league games. UConn is 18-4-2 in its history against the Catamounts. Next up are trips to Maine (Nov. 3) and Boston University (Nov. 6), before Providence comes to Storrs on Nov. 10.
A brief jaunt out of conference comes on Nov. 19 with a trip to Brown, before a home-and-home with Boston College on Nov. 23 and 24. Following that WHEA series will be the 2013 version of the Nutmeg Classic, with UConn travelling to Hamden, Conn. on Nov. 29 and 30 for the annual tournament featuring host Quinnipiac, RIT and Yale . UConn then travels to Matthews Arena to take on their fellow Huskies of Northeastern on Dec. 6, marking the final contest before winter break.
After a near-month layover, UConn gets back to action for the first time in 2014 on Jan. 2 and 3 when it visits Princeton. The Huskies and Tigers split a two-game set on the exact same dates in 2013. The non-conference schedule comes to a close on Jan. 7, when 2012-13 ECAC co-regular season champion and NCAA Tournament participant Harvard visits Storrs.
The regular season then hits the stretch run of 14-consecutive WHEA games leading up to the league tournament. After a pair at Vermont (Jan. 10 and 11), UConn faces home-and homes with New Hampshire (Jan. 18 and 19), Providence (Jan. 25 and 26), and Boston University (Jan. 31 and Feb. 1). After splitting a weekend hosting BC (Feb. 8) and visiting New Hampshire (Feb. 9), a home-and-home with Northeastern (Feb. 15 and 16) is the penultimate series before the regular season closes with a two-game home stand against Maine on Feb. 21 and 22.
The WHEA quarterfinals, which feature all eight members of the league, begin on Feb. 28, hosted at campus sites. The final round occurs the following weekend. The 2014 NCAA Frozen Four will be hosted by Quinnipiac.
UConn returns five of its top six scorers from last year's squad, including leading scorer and rising junior Kayla Campero and top goal-scorer and rising sophomore Michela Cava. MacKenzie takes over the helm as the second coach in the history of the program, looking to return the Huskies to their winning ways, which included four straight winning seasons from 2006-07 to 2009-10.