May 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team announced its schedule for the 2013-14 season in what will be the program's 40th season. The Friars will play 18 games at home in the newly renovated Schneider Arena and 16 games on the road.
Providence will play in an exhibition match against McGill on Saturday, Sept. 28 to prepare for the 2013-14 season. It will be the fourth straight year the Friars have opened up play against the Marlets in order to prepare for their season.
The Friars will kick off their 2013-14 season with a pair of road games on Friday, Oct. 4 (7 PM) and Saturday, Oct. 5 (4 PM) at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. It will be the third and fourth meeting between the Friars and Dutchwomen in the history of the two programs.
Next, the Friars will host Mercyhurst in their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 12 (2 PM) and Sunday, Oct. 13 (2 PM). The two game series will be the first of five home games to be played during the month of Oct.
Providence will open conference play with a home-and-home series on Friday, Oct. 25 (7 PM) and Saturday, Oct. 26 (4 PM). The Friars will travel to Boston, Mass. on Friday to take on Northeastern after recording a 0-3-0 record against the Huskies during the 2012-13 season. The Friars and Huskies made conference history during their first meeting of the 2012-13 season. Providence recorded an 8-7 loss on Jan. 20 in what was the highest scoring game in the history of Hockey East.
The Friars will continue with conference play as they kick off Nov. with a home-and-home series with the Boston College Eagles. The Friars and Eagles will start the two game series at Schneider Arena on Friday, Nov. 1 (7 PM) before traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Conte Forum. The Friars will hold an all-time series advantage of 50-19-3 heading into the two game series after being swept by the Eagles during the 2012-13 season.
The game versus the Eagles will mark the first of five straight road games for the Friars, the longest stretch of consecutive road games since the Friars played six in a row on the road during the 2008-09 season.
Providence will travel to New Hampshire on Thursday, Nov. 7 (7 PM) for a midweek match-up with the Wildcats. The Friars and Wildcats last faced-off in the 2013 Hockey East Quarterfinal game, where the Friars came back from a three goal deficit to win 5-4 in overtime to advance to the Hockey East Semifinals for the 11th consecutive season.
On Sunday, Nov. 10 (2 PM) the Friars will travel to Storrs, Conn. to begin their conference series with the Connecticut Huskies. During the 2012-13 season the Friars swept Connecticut for the fifth time since the Huskies joined the ECAC for the 2001-02 season.
Following their game in Storrs the Friars will make their longest trip of the season as they venture to Potsdam, N.Y. to take on the Clarkson Knights. The weekend series will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 (3 PM) and Saturday, Nov. 16 (3 PM). The Friars and Knights last met during the 2011-12 season, where the Friars fell 3-0 on the road. It will mark the fourth trip up to Cheel Arena and just the eighth and ninth time playing the Knights in program history. The Friars will return to Schneider to host Maine for a weekend series after their long trip to N.Y. Providence will play host to the Black Bears on Saturday, Nov. 23 (2 PM) and Sunday, Nov. 24 (2 PM). Last season, the Friars tallied a season high nine goals against Maine to earn the team's fourth season sweep since the inauguration of the league in 2002-03.
The Friars will close out Nov. with the 19th Annual Mayor's Cup. Providence will host cross-town rival Brown University for a 4:00 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, Nov. 30. Providence will enter the annual match-up with a 34-23-3 all-time series record against the Brown Bears after skating to a 2-2 tie last season at the Meehan Auditorium. Entering the game Brown will hold a 9-6-3 advantage in Mayor Cup games since the rival commenced in 1996.
Prior to winter break the Friars will play host to ECAC foe Yale University on Friday, Dec. 6 (7 PM). Providence will then travel to Hanover, N.H. to wrap-up play for the 2013 portion of the season with its last non-conference road game of the season. The Friars will face Dartmouth on Tuesday, Dec. 31 (2 PM) for the 53rd time in the history of the program.
The Friars will start their 2014 portion of the season with their last non-conference games of the season. Providence will host RPI on Saturday, Jan. 4 (7 PM) and Sunday, Jan. 5 (4 PM). It will be just the fourth and fifth time the two teams will face-off against one another in program history. The Friars took a 2-1-0 lead in the series history with a weekend sweep over the Engineers during the 2012-13 season.
Over the course of the final seven weeks of play for the 2013-14 season, the Friars will finish out with 13 consecutive league games. Six of those 13 will be home games for the Friars. Providence will face each team in the league at least once over that seven week period.
The Friars will begin the final stretch with a home-and-home series with New Hampshire on Friday, Jan. 10 (7 PM) and Saturday, Jan. 11 (7 PM).
Following the home-and-home series the Friars will play host to the 2013 Hockey East Champion, Boston University on Friday, Jan. 17 (7 PM). Last season, Providence fell to the reigning champs 4-0 in the semifinal game in the Hockey East Championships in Hyannis, Mass.
On Sunday, Feb. 2 the Friars will face-off at home against the Vermont Catamounts for the first time since winning the three game series last season with an unbeaten record against the Catamounts of 2-0-1.
Saturday, Feb. 8 will mark a special occasion for the Friars as they host the program's 40th Anniversary celebration after their 2:00 p.m. game against the Northeastern Huskies.
The tail end of a home-and-home series with Boston University on Saturday, Feb. 15 (3 PM) and Sunday, Feb. 16 (2 PM) will mark the Friars final regular season home game for the 2013-14 season.
To wrap-up regular season play, Providence will travel to Burlington, Vt. to finish its series with the Catamounts with a weekend series on Friday, Fed. 21 (7 PM) and Saturday, Fed. 22 (4 PM).
The final weeks of play will help determine the seedings heading into post-season play. Following last season's format, each of the league's eight teams will earn a spot in the Hockey East Quarterfinal round, with the top-four finishers hosting the quarterfinal match on Saturday, March 1.
For the third consecutive year the Hockey East Championships will take place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, Mass. The semifinal games are scheduled for Saturday, March 8, with the winners advancing to the championship game to take place on Sunday, March 9.
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