2009-10 Schedule Includes 12 Games vs. Nationally Ranked Teams
15 Regular Season Home Games on Slate; Nov. 7 is Fans' First Chance to See Ingalls Renovations
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A dozen games against teams that ended last season ranked in the top 10 or receiving votes in the national polls -- including five at newly renovated Ingalls Rink -- highlight the 2009-10 Yale women's ice hockey schedule, which was released Wednesday. The Bulldogs open the regular season Oct. 23 at Providence and start ECAC Hockey play Oct. 30 at St. Lawrence. Yale hosts Princeton Nov. 6 in the regular season home opener, which will be fans' first chance to see the recent renovations to Ingalls.
Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2009-10, Yale's 33rd varsity season:
- Yale’s regular-season schedule consists of 29 games. That includes 22 games against ECAC Hockey opponents -- one home game and one away game against each of the other 11 teams in the league.
- The schedule includes seven non-conference games, including five against Hockey East teams: Oct. 23 at Providence, Jan. 1 vs. Northeastern, Jan. 2 vs. Vermont, Jan. 7 at BC and Jan. 8 at BU. The other two non-conference games are part of the Nutmeg Classic tournament.
- The sixth annual Nutmeg Classic takes place Nov. 27 and 28 at Ingalls Rink. The tournament features four women’s ice hockey teams from the state of Connecticut (“The Nutmeg State”). This year’s tournament is hosted by Yale, with first-round games Nov. 27 and the consolation and championship games Nov. 28. Yale plays Sacred Heart in the opener.
- There are 15 regular-season home games on the schedule, starting with Princeton on Nov. 6. That will be fans’ first chance to see the progress that has been made in the ongoing multi-million dollar renovation of Ingalls Rink. Numerous improvements to the interior of the rink are being made during the summer of 2009, including a new addition on the Mansfield Street side that will house varsity team locker rooms, coaches’ offices and training facilities. There will also be a Yale Hockey Heritage area, displaying the history of both the men's and women's programs, next to a renovated Schley Room on the lower level of Ingalls.
- There are 12 games against teams that ended last season ranked or receiving votes in one of the national polls on the schedule (No. 7/8 St. Lawrence twice, No. 7/8 Dartmouth twice, No. 9 Harvard twice, Princeton (received votes) twice, RPI (received votes) twice, No. 6 BC and No. 10 BU).
- The schedule includes five games against teams that took part in the 2009 NCAA tournament: two against Dartmouth, two against St. Lawrence and one against BC.
- Yale will also play one pre-season scrimmage (vs. Brown and Princeton at Ingalls Rink on Oct. 17) and one exhibition game (vs. McGill at Ingalls Rink Oct. 25).
- The 2010 ECAC Hockey playoffs begin Feb. 26. The top eight teams in the league make the playoffs, with the top four teams hosting teams five through eight (No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc.) in best-of-three quarterfinal series. The winners of those series then play the semifinals at the highest remaining seed’s home rink Mar. 6. The semifinal winners play for the ECAC Hockey championship Mar. 7. Yale has made seven ECAC Hockey playoff appearances in the last eight years, and advanced to the semifinals in 2004-05.
- The NCAA tournament, which includes eight teams, begins Mar. 19 with quarterfinal games at campus sites. The winners of those quarterfinal games advance to the Frozen Four, which takes place in Minneapolis on Mar. 19 and 21. The winners of the ECAC Hockey, Hockey East and WCHA playoffs each receive automatic berths in the NCAA tournament field. There are also five at-large berths.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity