ALBANY, N.Y. - The 2019-20 ECAC Hockey women’s schedule was released on Tuesday, unveiling more than 250 games for the twelve-team league.
The puck will drop on the regular-season on Saturday, September 21 when Colgate plays host to Holy Cross in the lone non-exhibition game of the weekend. The teams have not met since the 2000-01 season, with the Raiders holding a 2-0 series advantage.
Four other programs will join Colgate in regular-season contests the following weekend, as St. Lawrence (at Ohio State), Clarkson (at Syracuse), and Union (at Robert Morris) will all hit the road for their first games of the year. RPI will lace them up in front of the faithful at Houston Field House, hosting WCHA-foe Minnesota State for a pair of games.
Quinnipiac gets started with a home-and-home series against Providence on October 4 and 5. The Bobcats will travel to play the Friars on Friday evening before hosting their home opener on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The remaining six teams will begin play on Friday, October 25, including Harvard and Dartmouth who will open conference play with a game at Thompson Arena. Princeton (vs. Syracuse), Cornell (vs. Robert Morris), and Yale (vs. LIU) will all open their seasons at home, while Brown will travel to Rochester, N.Y. for a game against RIT.
The league schedule will begin for the remaining 10 programs on November 1 and 2, when all 12 teams will be in action with ECAC Hockey points on the line. Each team will once again compete in 22 league games, utilizing the same travel partner system as years past.
The ECAC Hockey travel partners are set as follows:
- Colgate - Cornell
- Princeton - Quinnipiac
- RPI - Union
- Clarkson - St. Lawrence
- Dartmouth - Harvard
- Brown - Yale
After the final regular-season weekend on February 21-22, the ECAC Women’s Hockey Championship will begin on Friday, February 28 when four “best of three” game series begin at the home rink of the higher seeds. The winners of those games will then play a semifinal matchup on March 8 at the site of the highest remaining seed, before the ECAC Hockey Championship Final on March 9.
The NCAA Tournament will begin on Saturday, March 15 with the quarterfinal round hosted by the higher seeds. This years NCAA semifinals and finals will be hosted by Boston University at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. The semifinals will occur on March 20 before the winners square off for the title on Sunday, March 22.
Other schedule highlights include:
- Brown will open its season against Holy Cross for the second straight season, and will look for a repeat of last years result when it swept the Crusaders, outscoring them 7-1.
- Clarkson will compete in the Windjammer Classic in Burlington, Vt., where it’ll square off against Minnesota State and either Penn State or Vermont.
- Colgate will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for a pair of games against Minnesota on September 27 and 28. The Raiders and Gophers have both had success in recent years, being the last two national runner-ups in the NCAA Tournament.
- Cornell will square off against Ohio State for the first time since December of 2000, as the defending ECAC Hockey regular-season champions look to remain unbeaten against the Buckeyes.
- Dartmouth will look to avenge last years loss against New Hampshire, as the interstate rivals meet once again on February 4. The rivalry has gone back and forth over the past ten years, with UNH holding a slight 6-4 edge.
- Harvard will travel to Nashville, Tenn. in late November for games against Wisconsin and Minnesota in the Ford Ice Center - the training facility of the Nashville Predators.
- Princeton’s games against Ohio State on December 14 and 15 will be a unique series, as the Tigers and Buckeyes will both travel to Las Vegas, Nev. to wrap up the first half of the season.
- Quinnipiac will once again host the Nutmeg Classic during the last weekend of November, this year hosting Minnesota Duluth, UConn, and Yale.
- RPI will travel to University Park for a pair of games against Penn State in October. Last year, the Nittany Lions came to Troy for a pair of games, beating the Engineers in the opener before tying the second contest.
- St. Lawrence will be playing in a newly renovated Appleton Arena this season, and the rink dedication is set to coincide with the annual “Legends of Appleton” weekend on February 7 and 8 when the Saints host Yale and Brown.
- In the third annual Women’s Mayor’s Cup at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., Union will try to defeat crosstown rival RPI, who have won the first two Mayor’s Cup games.
- Yale’s first regular-season contests on October 25 and 26 will be against Long Island University, which will be beginning its inaugural season as a member of Women’s Division I Ice Hockey.
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