UMass Hockey Announces 2012-13 Schedule
Aug. 1, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Eighteen home games highlight the 2012-13 UMass hockey schedule, which was announced on Wednesday. The Minutemen will play seven contests against non-conference foes, including future Hockey East member Connecticut in the season opener on Oct. 12 at the Mullins Center.
"With our non-league games it's nice to see some of the usual faces, close cross-conference rivals in Quinnipiac and Yale and going to the Dartmouth Tournament just up the road," said head coach John Micheletto. "Also, having UConn in our building to open the regular season is a nice way to begin my time as UMass head coach. It's never easy having to get into Hockey East play the second weekend of the year, but we will be ready."
The Minutemen will leave The Bay State just once in their first two months of action. UMass has 11 of 15 games at home to start off the season. Following the meeting with UConn, Boston College will come to the Mullins Center on Friday, Oct. 19 to start off Hockey East play. The Minutemen will then take on Boston University in a home-and-home weekend on Oct. 26-27, with the Terriers traveling to Amherst for a Saturday night matchup.
UMass will host New Hampshire on Nov. 2 and will then make its second trip to the Boston area in as many weeks as the squad will play at BC on Sunday, Nov. 4. Providence comes to town on Friday, Nov. 9, a single-game weekend for the Minutemen, followed by a trip to Orono on Friday, Nov. 16, to play at Maine.
UMass will then return home to take on UMass-Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 18, the team's first of four straight in the Mullins Center. The Minutemen will host Vermont in the teams' annual pre-Thanksgiving meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and will return to action following the holiday with a home game against Quinnipiac.
To close out November, the Minutemen will play at Northeastern on Friday, Nov. 30, before hosting the Huskies on Saturday evening, Dec. 1. UMass then breaks from Hockey East action with as many as four of its next five games against opponents out of the ECAC.
The Minutemen will play its final two home contests of the calendar year on Dec. 7-8, hosting Colgate for a pair. UMass will travel to Yale on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and will return to the ice 18 days later at Dartmouth's Ledyard National Bank Classic. To open the tournament, the Minutemen will face Bemidji State on Dec. 30 and will take on either New Hampshire or Dartmouth on New Year's Eve.
With an 11-day hiatus to open 2013, the Minutemen begin the second half of their schedule at Providence on Jan. 11 and will then host the Friars the following night in their only home game of the month.
UMass will play at Boston College on Friday, Jan. 18, and will then travel to Vermont for a two-game set on Jan. 25-26.
The Minutemen will then have five of its seven games in the month of February at home, beginning with Friday night matchups against Boston University and Northeastern on Feb. 1 and 8, respectively.
UMass will head to Merrimack on Saturday, Feb. 9, before taking on UMass-Lowell in a home-and-home on Feb. 15-16 and hosting Maine on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.
The Minutemen close out the regular season by playing two at New Hampshire, Mar. 1-2, and splitting a weekend with Merrimack, Mar. 8-9. The second of the two against the Warriors will be played in Amherst.