NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2016-17 Yale men’s hockey schedule was announced today and it includes 15 home dates, a tournament at South Bend and four (possibly five) games against Hockey East teams.
The Bulldogs, who finished second in ECAC Hockey last season and earned another trip to the national tournament, open the year with a pair of scrimmages on Oct. 22 at Princeton, where they also skate against Brown. A week later, the Elis open the regular season by hosting Sacred Heart at Ingalls Rink.
The 2016-17 conference slate begins with a road trips to Union and RPI on Nov. 4-5. The following weekend marks the home conference openers as Colgate and Cornell come to New Haven. The contest with the Big Red marks the start of Ivy play and the Elis are the co-defending league champions.
After another upstate New York trip – at St. Lawrence and Clarkson – the Elis take part in the 2016 Notre Dame Classic on Thanksgiving weekend. The matchups have not been announced but the Bulldogs, who haven’t skated at South Bend since 2003, and Fighting Irish are joined by Holy Cross and Clarkson.
Yale’s last game before the exam and holiday break is at 2015 NCAA runner-up Boston University. The Elis come back from the break to host Ottawa in a Dec. 28 exhibition game (Russian Red Stars are not coming to the states this year) in preparation for three straight games against Hockey East teams.
2017 begins in an interesting way for the Blue. Sandwiched around their first visit to the XL Center in Hartford (vs. UConn) since it was the Hartford Civic Center, and there was a tournament called the Phoenix Mutual Hockey Classic in the mid-1980s, are home games with Northeastern and 2015 national champion Providence.
The ECAC Hockey stretch begins with a Jan. 13-14 weekend visit from the North Country squads and ends with the start of the conference playoffs on March 3.
Yale looks to earn its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years when the puck drops on regional play in late March.
The East Regional is at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on March 24-25, while the Northeast Regional is at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on March 25-26. The Midwest Regional will be held at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on March 25-26, while the West Regional is March 24-25 at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
The four teams advancing to the 2017 Frozen Four will compete for the first Division I hockey national championship contested in the state of Illinois. The first Frozen Four in Chicago takes place April 6-8 at the United Center.