June 26, 2014
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College men’s hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman has announced the 2014-15 schedule (July 26). The Friars will play a challenging slate that includes 22 Hockey East games and 12 non-conference contests.
All told, Providence will play at least 11 games (versus six opponents) that made the 2013-14 NCAA Tournament. The 2014-15 schedule includes non-conference games against Ohio State (2), North Dakota (2), Colorado College (2), Army (1), Brown (2) and Colgate (1).
Also as part of the non-conference schedule, the Friars will play in Vermont’s Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup, which will include a pair of games just after the holiday break on Dec. 28-29. The opponents and game times for the Catamount Cup will be announced at a later date.
The regular season also will include a pair of Hockey East contests versus Boston College, Boston University, newest member Connecticut, Maine, UMass, UMass Lowell, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Notre Dame and Vermont.
Providence will open the season at Ohio State on Oct. 10-11. It will mark the Friars’ first games against the Buckeyes since 1990 and just the fourth and fifth all-time meetings between the two teams.
Next, the Friars host the U.S. Under-18 Team at Schneider Arena in a home-opening exhibition game on Friday, Oct. 17.
The season continues on Oct. 24-25 with a trip to Grand Forks, N.D. to take on North Dakota for the teams’ first meeting since 1989. Last season, North Dakota made the NCAA tournament and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four.
The Friars open their regular-season home and Hockey East schedule on Oct. 31 with a game against Boston University, before travelling to play at Boston University on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Other first semester opponents include Merrimack (Nov. 7-8), Vermont (Nov. 14-15), New Hampshire (Nov. 21-22), Army (Nov. 25), Boston College (Nov. 29), Northeastern (Dec. 3 and Dec. 6) and Colgate (Dec. 9).
Providence will then play in the Catamount Classic (Dec. 28-29) at Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Friars open January with back-to-back non-conference series by playing host to Colorado College for a pair of games (Jan. 3-4) and then playing Brown in a home-and-home series ending at Schneider Arena (Jan. 9-10). It will mark the first time since Feb. 11-12, 1983 that Brown and Providence will play twice in one season.
Providence concludes the regular season with 11-consecutive Hockey East contests, including a home-and-home series against UMass Lowell (Jan. 23-24), a game at Boston College (Jan. 30), a home-and-home series with Connecticut (Feb. 6-7), two games at Notre Dame (Feb. 13-14), a home-and-home series versus UMass (Feb. 20-21) and a pair of home games against Maine (Feb. 27-28).
The 2015 Hockey East playoff format will include best-of-three opening round play (March 6-8), a best-of-three quarterfinal round (March 13-15) and then the semifinal (March 20) and championship (March 21) games at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The opening round will include the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-place finishers hosting the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th-place finishers. Then the top-four seeded teams will host the quarterfinals.
Last season, the Friars (22-11-6, 11-7-2 HEA) returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 and then posted their first NCAA Tournament win since 1991, a 4-0 first round blanking of Quinnipiac (March 28). The Friars also made a third-consecutive Hockey East Semifinal appearance for the first time in program history.
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