After finishing the 2018-19 season on a high note by beating eventual national-runner up UMass in the season finale, UConn men’s hockey is looking to carry that momentum into a new season. On Friday, the Huskies released their schedule for the 2019-2020 season, kicking off on Saturday, October 5 at Sacred Heart.
UConn’s schedule is almost the opposite of last season with most of the home games coming in the first half of the season. The Huskies play 15 times at the XL Center, only five of which come in the new year.
Also opposite of last season, UConn only travels once outside of New England — to RPI. That’s a big change from last season when the Huskies played in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Las Vegas.
On December 28 and 29, UConn will head north to play in the 31st Ledyard Classic at Dartmouth to kick off the second half of the season. They will play St. Lawrence on Saturday before facing off again Dartmouth on Saturday. At the end of January, the Huskies will play in Connecticut Ice — the first-ever tournament between all four Division I ice hockey teams in Connecticut.
On Wednesday, January 15, UConn will take on Maine at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Huskies also played the Black Bears down at Webster Bank Arena back in 2017-18. UConn wraps up its season on Friday, March 6 at UMass Lowell.
UConn will play Maine, Merrimack, Providence and UMass Lowell three times during conference play and everyone else just twice.
The front-loaded schedule may work to the Huskies’ advantage this season. UConn will once again have a young squad and working through any growing pains at home could help the team’s confidence. The Huskies should be competitive in Hockey East once again this season with 2020-21 being the year the program takes the next step, if all goes to plan.
However, later games typically draw better at the XL Center, so it remains to be seen how much fans will show up for the first half of the season with football and the start of basketball also competing for interest.
You can view the Huskies’ entire schedule here.