On Thursday morning, UConn Men’s Hockey released its schedule for the 2017-18 season.
The Huskies will be playing a 34-game regular season schedule, with 24 of those in Hockey East play, two more than last season even though Notre Dame left the conference. Membership now stands at 11 teams.
UConn opens on campus against St. Francis Xavier for the second straight year, with their exhibition to be played on Sep. 30.
The season opens for real on the road against 2017 Frozen Fenway and Hockey East opponent Maine when the Huskies play the Black Bears on Oct. 6 and 7 at Alfond Arena. The two teams split the series last year, with Maine winning in Boston.
Their road trip continues the following weekend when they head up I-91 to play American International in Springfield on Oct. 13 and then Sacred Heart at Webster Bank Arena the next night.
The Yellow Jackets took a tie from UConn at XL Center, while Sacred Heart surged in the second half of the game to win.
Before the Huskies get to their first of 17 home games on Oct. 21 against Boston University, UConn has to head up to Boston to visit the Terriers.
Boston University took the opener at XL Center last year but Adam Huska notched a shutout at Agganis Arena in the return game.
On Oct. 27 and 28, the Huskies are back on the road again in what will be their only trip outside of New England for their first ever matchup with Miami (OH).
Vermont will come to the XL Center the following weekend for two of their three games against the Catamounts on Nov. 3 and 4. Last year, each team won their home game, with Vermont taking the finale after UConn won at the XL Center.
Boston College will welcome the Huskies to Chestnut Hill twice this year, with the first coming on Nov. 7. UConn ran into Joe Woll during a really hot stretch of his and were defeated 2-0 at Conte Forum.
UConn went out to Ohio State last season and now the Buckeyes will come to Hartford for a two-game set on Nov. 10 and 11. The Huskies could only get a tie out in Columbus last season.
UConn and UMass Lowell’s series is the weekend before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 17 and 18. The River Hawks host Friday’s opener and the teams take the ice at the XL Center the next day. The Huskies won on the road last season and the two teams tied in Hartford.
That Tuesday, Nov. 21, will see UConn take their show up to Burlington, Vermont and Gutterson Field House for a road game against the Catamounts.
On Nov. 25, RIT will come to Hartford in the return game of a series that began with a tie in Rochester last season.
Northeastern comes to town on Nov. 28 after going 4-0-0 against the UConn last season, including earning a sweep in the Hockey East playoffs. The battle of the Huskies heads to Matthews Arena on Feb. 9.
UMass and UConn play two of their three games consecutively but in an unconventional fashion. The opener is in Amherst on Dec. 1 and finishes Dec. 5 in Hartford on a Tuesday night. The teams tied at Mullins Center but UConn got their revenge at XL Center.
Dec. 8 sees their first semester schedule end with a date with Colgate. Last season, the teams tied 4-4 in upstate New York.
The Huskies get back at it after the Christmas break with an away game against Boston College on Dec. 30 and welcome Quinnipiac to Hartford on Jan. 2 to ring in the New Year. Quinnipiac dropped UConn in Hamden last season.
Hockey East play resumes on Jan. 5 and 13 with Merrimack. The Warriors host UConn to open it up and the Huskies have the home game in the second game of the series. The two teams battled to two ties last season, each at 2-2.
The first weekend of spring semester will see UConn play Providence. The Huskies host a Thursday night game on Jan. 18 and head to Providence Jan. 20.
UConn swept New Hampshire last year and their home-and-home will be on Jan. 26 and 27. The Wildcats get the Friday night game at home, while the Huskies host Saturday.
After UConn hosts Boston College on Feb. 2, the Huskies head back to Providence to face Brown the next night to close non-conference play.
After Feb. 9’s game with Northeastern, the Huskies close it out with two home games, one against Boston University on Feb. 16 and UMass on Feb. 22.
All puck drop times are to be determined.
Men’s Hockey Schedule 2017-18
|St. Francis Xavier||September 30||Freitas Ice Forum|
|Maine||October 6||Orono, Maine|
|Maine||October 7||Orono, Maine|
|American International||October 13||Springfield, Massachusetts|
|Sacred Heart||October 14||Bridgeport, Connecticut|
|Boston University||October 20||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Boston University||October 21||XL Center|
|Miami (OH)||October 27||Miami, Ohio|
|Miami (OH)||October 28||Miami, Ohio|
|Vermont||November 3||XL Center|
|Vermont||November 4||XL Center|
|Boston College||November 7||Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts|
|Ohio State||November 10||XL Center|
|Ohio State||November 11||XL Center|
|UMass Lowell||November 17||Lowell, Massachusetts|
|UMass Lowell||November 18||XL Center|
|Vermont||November 21||Burlington, Vermont|
|RIT||November 25||XL Center|
|Northeastern||November 28||XL Center|
|UMass||December 1||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|UMass||December 5||XL Center|
|Colgate||December 8||XL Center|
|Boston College||December 30||Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts|
|Quinnipiac||January 2||XL Center|
|Merrimack||January 5||XL Center|
|Merrimack||January 13||North Andover, Massachusetts|
|Providence||January 18||XL Center|
|Providence||January 20||Providence, Rhode Island|
|New Hampshire||January 26||Durham, New Hampshire|
|New Hampshire||January 27||XL Center|
|Boston College||February 2||XL Center|
|Brown||February 3||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Northeastern||February 9||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Boston University||February 16||XL Center|
|UMass||February 22||XL Center|