ALBANY, N.Y. - ECAC Hockey released its 2019-20 men’s schedule on Wednesday afternoon, as more than 250 games highlight the leagues 59th season of play. All ECAC Hockey home contests will continue to be broadcast on ESPN+ in the United States, and Stretch Internet internationally.
The regular-season will begin on Saturday, October 5, with Colgate and Union each opening up their seasons on home ice. The Raiders will play host to Rochester Institute of Technology, while the Dutchmen host Boston University in a rematch of last years “Friendship Four” championship game.
The following weekend, Clarkson (at Michigan), RPI (at UMass) and St. Lawrence (at Mercyhurst) will open their seasons on the road, while Quinnipiac (vs. American International) will open things up on home ice. The game between the Bobcats and Yellow Jackets will be the first of the year between two NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago.
The remaining six teams will all begin on November 1, as Dartmouth (at Harvard), and Brown (at Yale) get the league schedule started. Princeton (at St. Cloud), and Cornell (at Michigan State) will begin their slates with non-league games on the road.
November 8-9 will be the first full league weekend of the year, as all 12 teams will be in action fighting for all-important ECAC Hockey points. The league will once again utilize the travel-partner system as follows:
- Brown - Yale
- Dartmouth - Harvard
- Clarkson - St. Lawrence
- RPI - Union
- Princeton - Quinnipiac
- Colgate - Cornell
After the regular-season wraps up on the last weekend of February, the first round of the ECAC Hockey Championship will be played on March 6-8, featuring the No. 5 - 12 seeds, with the higher seeds hosting. The winners of those three-game series will then travel to the top four seeds in the quarterfinal rounds on March 13-15. The semifinal and championship games will once again be played at the 1980 Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. on March 20 and 21.
NCAA Regionals will be played between March 27-29 this season, whittling the 16-team field down to four. The sites for this year’s regionals are below:
- East - Times Union Center (Albany, N.Y.)
- West - Budweiser Events Center (Loveland, Color.)
- Northeast - DCU Center (Worcester, Mass.)
- Midwest - PPL Center (Allentown, Pa.)
The 2020 NCAA Frozen Four will be played at Little Ceasers Arena in Detroit, Mich. this season, as the puck will drop on the semifinals on Thursday, April 9 before a champion is crowned on Saturday, April 11.
Other schedule highlights include:
- More than half of Brown’s non-league games will be against tournament teams from a year ago, as the Bears square off with Providence, UMass, and Arizona State.
- Clarkson will travel to Madison for a two-game set with Wisconsin on October 25-26, as the Golden Knights look to even the all-time series against the Badgers after a 4-2 win last season.
- Colgate will travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 29-30 where they’ll square off with Princeton, and either Northeastern or New Hampshire in the 2019 “Friendship Four” tournament.
- The Big Red of Cornell will make their way to Las Vegas, Nev. on January 3-4 to participate in the “Fortress Invitational”, where they’ll face Ohio State and either Army or Providence.
- The 2019 “Ledyard Classic” will see Dartmouth play host to Colorado College and UConn. St. Lawrence will be the fourth team in the 31st annual tournament hosted by the Big Green.
- Harvard draws Northeastern in the Beanpot semifinals this year, and will look to advance to the finals against either Boston University or Boston College on Monday, February 10.
- Princeton will open its season with a tough challenge, as the Tigers travel to Minnesota for a two-game set with St. Cloud, which spent most of the 2018-19 season as the No. 1 team in the country.
- Quinnipiac will hit the road for a two-game set at Arizona State on November 1-2 in a rematch of last years NCAA opening round game, which the Bobcats won 2-1.
- The 43rd annual “Big Red Freakout” will see RPI host Vermont on Saturday, February 1. The Engineers have not played Vermont at home since the 2004-05 season.
- St. Lawrence will open its first season under new head coach Brent Brekke with six straight non-league games, squaring off against Mercyhurst, Providence, Vermont, Holy Cross, and Bentley.
- Union will travel to Vermont on December 28-29 for the annual Catamount Cup, where they’ll face host UVM and Providence.
- Yale will skate in the first ever “Connecticut Ice” tournament, which will also feature UConn, Sacred Heart, and Quinnipiac, The matchups are still to be determined, but the puck will drop on the tournament on Saturday, January 25.
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