May 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Men’s hockey head coach Nate Leaman released Providence College’s 2013-14 schedule. The Friars will open the season with a two-game series at home in the newly renovated Schneider Arena against Minnesota State Mankato (Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12).
Providence will play 20 Hockey East games as well as 14 non-conference games. The Friars will play 17 games at Schneider Arena and 17 games on the road, including a non-conference game against Merrimack at Fenway Park (Saturday, Jan. 4). All told, Providence will play at least 13 regular-season games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Championship field.
The Friars are set to play seven of their first eight games at home, including each of their first five. After Minnesota State, Providence will play AIC (Saturday, Oct. 19) for the first time since posting a 4-3 win over the Yellow Jackets on Dec. 21, 1989. Then the Friars have a two-game set against Miami (Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26) as the RedHawks make just their third-ever trip to Schneider Arena.
The Friars open Hockey East play with a home-and-home series against Boston University (Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2) in what will be the teams’ only two meetings of the regular season as each Hockey East team will now play each other twice. That Boston University series will be the first of four consecutive Hockey East series that also includes a home-and-home set with Merrimack (Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9), two games at Vermont (Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16) and two games at home against New Hampshire (Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23).
Next, the Friars play at 2013 Frozen Four participant Quinnipiac (Wednesday, Nov. 27) and host Brown (Saturday, Nov. 30) in the 28th annual Mayor’s Cup. Providence then closes out the first semester with a game at Northeastern on Friday, Dec. 6.
After the semester break, the Friars will play at Army (Friday, Dec. 20). The Providence-Army series dates back to 1953, but it will be the teams’ first meeting since skating to a 4-4 tie on Jan. 14, 2000.
The Friars close out 2013 by taking part in Dartmouth’s Ledyard National Bank Classic tournament in Hanover, N.H. In addition to the Big Green, Hockey East foe Northeastern as well as Air Force will comprise the tournament field. The semifinal games will be played on Sunday, Dec. 29, while the championship and consolation games will take place on Monday, Dec. 30.
Next up, Providence will participate in Frozen Fenway 2014. The Friars will play Merrimack on Saturday, Jan. 4 in a non-conference game at the historic home of the Boston Red Sox. The game will be the first of a doubleheader, with Notre Dame and Boston College playing in the second game.
The Frozen Fenway game is the first in a stretch of three games in seven days for the Friars, as they will also host Northeastern (Tuesday, Jan. 7) and then open their season series at Boston College (Friday, Jan. 10).
Then the Friars will make their longest trip of the year, heading to Colorado Springs, Colo., to play two games at Colorado College (Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18). The teams will be meeting for the first time since they played to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 24, 2000.
Providence returns to Hockey East play to face UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series (Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25) before closing out the month by playing host to Boston College (Friday, Jan. 31).
The Friars finish the non-conference portion of their schedule with a home game against future Hockey East foe UConn (Tuesday, Feb. 11). It will be a busy stretch as Providence then hosts the newest Hockey East member, Notre Dame (Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15), playing three home games in five days.
To close out the regular season, the Friars will play a home-and-home series with UMass (Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22) and then a road series at Maine (Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1).
Starting with the 2013-14 season, the Hockey East playoffs will include each League team. The top-five regular-season finishers will receive first round byes, while finishers 6-8 will play host to opening round series versus seeds 9-11. In the quarterfinals, the top-four seeds will host best-of-three series.
The 2014 Hockey East Championship will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22. Under Leaman, the Friars have advanced to the Hockey East Championship Semifinals in each of the last two seasons.
The 2014 NCAA Regionals will be held in Worcester, Mass., Bridgeport, Conn., Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Paul, Minn. (March 28-30). The four advancing teams will meet at the Wells Fargo Center (April 10 and 12) for the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Providence College Ticket Office is accepting deposits for season tickets and group outings at the newly renovated Schneider Arena. For more information, click HERE or call 401-865-GOPC to speak directly to a Ticket Representative.
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