Mass Attack Announces 2008-09 Schedule
June 24, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - An 18 game slate in the Mullins Center, the Ice Breaker Tournament featuring Boston University, Michigan State and North Dakota and another highly competitive season of Hockey East excitement highlight the 2008-09 University of Massachusetts schedule as announced by head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon. Additionally, the non-conference schedule also features tilts against Cornell, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, and the Dartmouth Ledyard National Bank Classic featuring Bemidji State, Army and host Dartmouth.
Fans can get an early look at the Minutemen on Saturday, October 4, when UMass hosts the University of New Brunswick in an exhibition game at the Mullins Center Practice Rink.
The season kicks off on Friday, October 10 when the Minutemen face Michigan State in the opening round of the Ice Breaker Tournament hosted by Boston University at Agganis Arena. The next night, UMass will face North Dakota in what has shaped up to be one of the premier early season tournaments.
After road trips at Rensselaer (10/21) and New Hampshire (10/24) for the Hockey East opener, the Mass Attack will open the home slate on Oct. 31 against Providence in the Mullins Center. UMass is coming off a 2007-08 season which saw its highest regular-season attendance and a season-opener high of 5,862 for the UMass Lowell game.
A five-game home stretch will carry the Minutemen into the Christmas exam break. UMass will host defending National Champion Boston College (11/22), Vermont (11/25), St. Lawrence (11/28), Connecticut (12/5) and AIC (12/12) before taking two weeks off for Christmas. A trip to Hanover, N.H., for the Ledyard National Bank Classic will close out 2008. UMass will face Bemidji State on Sunday, Dec. 28 to open the tournament and face either host Dartmouth or Army on Monday.
The first game of 2009 will be back in the Mullins Center against Cornell (1/4). The game time has not been set for the game as it will be scheduled so it does not conflict with a potential New England Patriots AFL Playoff game. If the playoff game is slated for early afternoon, the Minutemen will face the Big Red in an early evening game. If the playoff game is set for early evening, the opening face-off will then be set for early afternoon.
The Hockey East schedule gets in full swing with a home-and-home weekend against New Hampshire on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.
After that, five of the next seven games will be on the road including a pair at Vermont (1/23-24) to carry UMass through the end of January and into February. Six of the final nine games, however, will be back in the Mullins Center including a weekend home series against Maine (2/20-21). The Minutemen will close out the regular season against Merrimack on March 7 which will be Senior Day.
The Hockey East Playoffs are set to begin with the Quarterfinal rounds at campus sites on March 12-15. The Championship weekend will return to the TD Banknorth Garden on March 19-21. The 2009 NCAA Tournament Regionals will be March 27-29. The East Regional will be hosted by Yale at the Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard; the Midwest Regional will be hosted by the CCHA and Western Michigan at Van Andel Arena; the Northeast Regional will be hosted by New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena; and the West Regional will be hosted by the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities at Mariucci Arena. The NCAA Frozen Four will be hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on April 9-11.
For ticket information, call 866-UMASS-TIX or visit www.UMassAthletics.com. UMass season ticket holders from 2007-08 will receive ticket renewal forms in the mail shortly, while new season ticket orders can be made by contacting the Mullins Center Box Office.
2008-09 UMass Hockey Schedule
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