2013-14 UMass Hockey Schedule Unveiled
June 3, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Fifteen home games, including a pair against Michigan State, highlight the 2013-14 UMass hockey schedule, which was announced on Monday. The Minutemen will begin their second season under head coach John Micheletto on the road at Boston University on Oct. 11.
After facing the Terriers in the season opener for the first time in program history, UMass will visit UMass Lowell the following night for its first non-conference meeting with the River Hawks since the 2004 Hockey East Quarterfinals.
The Minutemen open their home schedule on Oct. 18-19 with two against Michigan State. The Spartans, who last faced UMass at the 2008 Icebreaker Tournament, will be visiting the Mullins Center for the first time.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, the Minutemen will begin a stretch of four straight against Maine, only two of which will be counted as conference games. UMass opens up the series against the Black Bears on the road in Orono and will then host Maine on Nov. 1-2 for a pair of Hockey East clashes. Back in 2007, the teams squared off five times in 22 days with Jonathan Quick backstopping UMass to four straight victories against the Black Bears, two to end the regular season and a pair for a Hockey East Quarterfinal series win.
The Minutemen will play their first of three consecutive home-and-home weekends against conference foes with two against New Hampshire, Nov. 8-9, beginning in Durham. UMass split its series with UNH last season, which included Micheletto's first Hockey East win as a head coach as the Minutemen defeated the Wildcats in a 2-1 overtime thriller at the Mullins Center.
UMass will face Boston College in Chestnut Hill on Friday, Nov. 15, and will host the Eagles the following night. In their last trip to Conte Forum, the Minutemen posted a decisive 5-2 victory over BC to snap the Eagles' 18-game home unbeaten streak. Four of the past five meetings between UMass and Boston College have been one-goal games.
On Friday, Nov. 22, Vermont will visit Amherst, while the Minutemen will travel north to Burlington on Sunday, Nov. 24 for the first ever split home-and-home weekend against the Catamounts.
UMass will return to action following the Thanksgiving holiday with a trip to Quinnipiac. It marks the fourth straight year the Minutemen have faced the Bobcats, who are coming off a 30-win season and a trip to the National Championship game in 2012-13. Last fall, UMass and Quinnipiac played to a 2-2 tie at the Mullins Center.
The Minutemen will open up the month of December with its inaugural meeting with Notre Dame as Hockey East foes. UMass heads to South Bend for two, Dec. 6-7.
After breaking for finals, the Minutemen will make their first trip to Hamilton, N.Y. since 1999 to play at Colgate Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15. The Raiders came to Amherst for a pair in 2012 for the teams' first meetings in over a decade, renewing a series that began in 1933.
In the squad's last game before the holiday break, UMass will welcome Denver to the Mullins Center for its lone home game of the month on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Pioneers, who earned their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth in 2012-13, will make their second trip to the Mullins Center, last facing the Minutemen in Amherst in 2005.
UMass will head to the UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 29-30. The Minutemen have played in the tournament in Storrs, Conn., on two prior occasions, most recently during the 2009-10 season.
On Jan. 4 UMass will travel to Northeastern for the first regular season non-conference matchup between the schools since the inception of Hockey East. The last time the schools met in a non-conference setting was in the 2009 Hockey East Quarterfinals.
The following Friday, Jan. 10, the Minutemen will make a trip to Ithaca, N.Y., to play at Cornell for the first time since 2007. UMass last faced the Big Red in Dec. 2011 in the first round of the Florida Everblades Classic, a 5-2 victory for the Minutemen.
UMass will host the U.S. Under-18 Team for an exhibition game on Sunday, Jan. 12. Team USA last visited Mullins in December 2007.
Then on Tuesday, Jan. 14, American International will come to Amherst. Despite being under 30 miles apart, UMass and AIC will be meeting for just the third time in the Modern Era and will be squaring off in their first contest since 2008.
The Minutemen will conclude their stretch of three straight at home with the first of a split weekend with Merrimack on Friday, Jan. 24, before heading to North Andover on Saturday, Jan. 25. UMass ended the 2012-13 season with a 4-0 shutout over the Warriors at the Mullins Center, but will go to Merrimack in search of its first win at Lawler Arena since 2008.
To wrap up the month, the Minutemen will play host to Boston University on Friday, Jan. 31. The last time the teams met in Amherst, UMass posted a convincing 5-1 victory over the Terriers in front of a crowd of 7,267 at the Mullins Center.
The Minutemen will head to Northeastern on Feb. 7. In its lone trip to Matthews Arena last season, UMass posted its highest goal output of the year with a 6-3 win over the Huskies.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, UMass will play host to UMass Lowell before making a return trip to Lowell the following Friday, Feb. 14. The River Hawks, the defending Hockey East Champions, are coming off a run to the Frozen Four in 2012-13.
The Minutemen will take on Northeastern on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the squad's penultimate home game of the regular season. Heading into 2013-14, four of the past seven games UMass has played against the Huskies have gone to overtime.
To close out the regular season, UMass will play a home-and-home with Providence Feb. 21-22, beginning with Senior Night for the Minutemen on Friday, Feb. 21.
UMass will have a bye the final weekend in February with the Hockey East Tournament beginning on Friday, Mar. 7.
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