Featuring 16 home games, three NCAA Tournament opponents and the program’s first-ever trip to Minnesota, the Merrimack College Athletic Department is excited to announce the 2016-17 schedule for the women’s ice hockey team.
With its historic debut season in the rearview mirror, the Warriors will turn their sights to Year 2 in the program record books, and that slate begins in late September to begin a five-month journey through the regular season. Head coach Erin Hamlen helped lead the team to five victories in its opening campaign last winter, with four of those wins coming within the friendly confines of Lawler Rink.
Merrimack’s 34-game schedule has the team trekking as far west as Minnesota, as well as all six New England states and New York. In addition to opening the season at St. Cloud State, Merrimack’s other non-conference matchups include road trips to Colgate, Quinnipiac and Brown, as well as a Homecoming Weekend series against Robert Morris.
The Warriors will face schools from four different conferences (CHA, ECAC, WHEA, WCHA) over the course of the season, and also have three teams on the docket who played in last year’s NCAA Tournament – including the national runner-up.
“As we look forward to our second season, we’re embracing the challenge of opening up the regular season on the road,” Hamlen stated. “Our Minnesota natives are thrilled that we start play in their home state playing St. Cloud State. Playing our first six games away from North Andover will be a new test after never going more than four straight games on the road last season.
“But that will only make Homecoming Weekend that much more exciting, especially considering our home opener will occur that Friday. Overall, the schedule release means that we’re that much closer to getting back on the ice, and our entire team is looking forward to the opportunity to once again compete within our league with the goal of earning a spot in the postseason.”
2016-17 Schedule Highlights
- After a home exhibition against Cambridge on Saturday, Sept. 24 (7 p.m.), Merrimack starts 2016-17 with six straight road games, including two-game weekend sets at St. Cloud State (Sept. 30 – Oct. 1) and Colgate (Oct. 7-8) before opening up conference play at Maine (Oct. 14) and New Hampshire (Oct. 15)
- The Warriors finally return to Lawler Rink, appropriately enough, on Homecoming Weekend to battle Robert Morris in a two-game weekend set (Oct. 21-22)
- October concludes with a trip to one of three NCAA Tournament participants on Merrimack’s schedule, as the Warriors travel to Northeastern on Oct. 28 before hosting Providence the following day
- November starts with three of last year’s four Hockey East semifinalists in a five-game span; Merrimack will wrap up a three-game home stand with games against UConn (Nov. 5) and Northeastern again (Nov. 11) and continues with a home-and-home against league tournament runner-up Boston University (Nov. 18-19)
- For the second straight season, Merrimack will head to Connecticut after Thanksgiving to play in the Nutmeg Classic, opening up the tournament against host and 2016 NCAA Tournament participant Quinnipiac before playing either Yale or Connecticut the following day (Nov. 25-26); the Warriors close out the month three days later in Rhode Island against Brown (Nov. 29)
- After only three games in December, including one at home against UNH (Dec. 2), Merrimack turns the calendar to 2017 with a Tuesday home bout against Vermont (Jan. 3) before back-to-back home-and-home series with UConn and Boston College the following weekends
- Merrimack’s final regular season non-conference game is a home tilt against Quinnipiac on Jan. 20before wrapping up the season series with last year’s national runner-up and defending Hockey East champion BC on Jan. 25
- The Warriors close out the year with four straight home games against BU (Jan. 28), Maine (Feb. 3-4) and Providence (Feb. 12) before traveling to Vermont for a weekend pair to conclude the regular season
- The 2016 Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament will feature the top-eight teams in the conference, with the quarterfinal round consisting of a best-of-three series at the sites of the higher seeds before the remaining four teams square off in the Championship Rounds at a to-be-determined site the following weekend.
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DID YOU KNOW: Last year, the women’s ice hockey team led Hockey East in average home attendance per game and shattered the conference’s attendance record for a program’s inaugural game when over 1,700 fans packed Lawler Rink for the team’s first-ever game against St. Cloud State!
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