UMass unveils 2019-20 hockey schedule

  • UMass head coach Greg Carvel, left, talks to his team during its 4-0 win against Harvard in the NCAA Division I Tournament, March 29 at SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. STAFF FILE PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 6/21/2019 9:40:25 PM
Modified: 6/21/2019 9:40:11 PM

The road back to the Frozen Four has officially been laid out for UMass as it released its 34-game schedule for the 2019-20 season on Friday.

Last year’s national runner-up will open its campaign at home against Rensselaer on Oct. 11 before beginning its Hockey East championship defense on Oct. 15 at Northeastern. The Huskies are one of the four conference teams the Minutemen will play three times during the regular season along with Boston College, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The quirk, however, is that Northeastern is the first three conference games UMass plays as the Minutemen travel back to Boston on Nov. 1 before welcoming the Huskies to Amherst on Nov. 2 to complete the season series. UMass also has an early series with Boston University as the Minutemen and Terriers will square off in a home-and-home series on Nov. 15 and 16 with the second game being at Mullins Center.

UMass will face Boston College three times in January, beginning with a home-and-home on Jan. 10 and 11 that starts at Conte Forum. The Eagles will also return to Amherst on Jan. 31 to kick off a difficult stretch that also features a home-and-home with Providence on Feb. 7 and 8 and a home-and-home with UMass-Lowell with a bye week between the series with the Friars and the one with the River Hawks.

The Minutemen keep three of the same nonconference opponents they had last season, but also face three new opponents in the coming year. The first new foe is Union, which will play at Mullins Center on Oct. 18 and 19. The Dutchmen return two games UMass played at Union in 2017. UMass also travels to Brown on Dec. 10 for its first meeting with the Bears in 18 years.

Rounding out the trio of new opponents is a series with Denver that was announced before the two teams squared off in an overtime affair in the national semifinals this season. The Minutemen will travel to the Pioneers for games on Jan. 3 and 4. UMass coach Greg Carvel confirmed on Twitter in February when the games were announced that Denver would return at a to-be-determined date.

Returning to the schedule this year for UMass is American International (Oct. 25 at home), Quinnipiac (Nov. 29 on the road and Nov. 30 at home) and RPI (Oct. 11 at home and Dec. 29 on road).

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