PC Men’s Hockey Releases 2018-2019 Schedule
Providence College Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College men’s hockey head coach Nate Leaman announced today (July 25) the program’s 36-game schedule for the 2018-19 season. Fifteen games at Schneider Arena, potentially eight games against NCAA Tournament qualifiers from 2017-18, and two in-season tournaments highlight the 2018-19 slate.
The Friars, coming off their program-record fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, will continue a three-game cycle against four Hockey East opponents – Boston College, Boston University, UMass, and Merrimack.
The 2018-19 slate kicks off with the home-opener against American International College on October 6, followed by the 2018 Ice Breaker Tournament in Erie, Pa., hosted by Mercyhurst University. The Friars open the Ice Breaker against Miami University on October 12 and will face either Mercyhurst or national runner-up Notre Dame on October 13, potentially setting up a rematch of last March’s NCAA East Regional Final. UConn makes a trip to Schneider Arena on October 19 to begin the Hockey East schedule before the Friars travel to Sacred Heart the following night (October 20) to battle the Pioneers at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. October closes out with a road contest at Boston University on Friday, October 26 at Agganis Arena.
November sees the Friars’ four-game road trip conclude at Holy Cross on November 3 and at UMass on Thursday, November 8. The Minutemen make the return trip to Providence on November 10. Providence and Merrimack begin the first two of their three meetings next season in a home-and-home series from November 16-17. The Friars make their first trip to Magness Arena at the University of Denver since 2000 as they battle the 2017 National Champion Pioneers from November 23-24. Providence was the only team in the NCAA to claim a weekend series against Denver during their championship season, grabbing a tie and a win at Schneider Arena in December of 2016.
The first half of the season closes out with a home-and-home series with New Hampshire from November 30-December 1 and the third meeting of the season with Merrimack on December 7. Providence opens post-holiday break at the 2018 Ledyard Classic in Hanover, N.H., hosted by Dartmouth College. The Friars battle Brown University in the opening game of the tournament on December 29, followed by facing host Dartmouth on December 30.
A two-game home series against Miami University opens the new year from January 4-5, followed by crucial Hockey East contests at Boston College (January 11) and home versus Boston University (January 12). The 33rd Mayor’s Cup game takes place at Brown on Tuesday, January 15 at Meehan Auditorium. The Friars return to Chestnut Hill the following Saturday against Boston College on January 19 before battling Northeastern in a home-and-home series from January 25-26 to close out the month.
February begins with a pair of home against Vermont from Feb. 1-2, followed by a two-game road trip up to Orono to visit Maine from Feb. 8-9. The Friars travel to UMass Lowell on February 15 before the River Hawks make the return trip to Schneider Arena the following night (February 16). February concludes with home games against UMass (February 23) and Boston University (February 28).
Providence concludes the regular season schedule with a 3:05 p.m. matinee at UConn on Saturday, March 2, followed by the finale at home against Boston College on Thursday, March 7.
The best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinals take place at campus sites from March 15-17, followed by the Hockey East Semifinals (March 22) and Championship (March 23). The NCAA Regionals begin March 29 with the 2018-19 college hockey season culminating at the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. on April 11-13.
All game times at Schneider Arena will be announced at a later date.
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