2012-13 Schedule Includes at Least Six Games vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
16 Regular Season Home Games on Slate; Nov. 2 is Fans' First Chance to See Bulldogs at Ingalls
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At least six games vs. NCAA Tournament teams, and at least nine games against teams that ended last season ranked in the top 10 or receiving votes in the national poll, highlight the 2012-13 Yale women's ice hockey schedule, which was released Monday. The Bulldogs open the regular season Oct. 19 at Robert Morris and start ECAC Hockey play the following weekend at Colgate and Cornell. The first home game is Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Dartmouth.
This is Yale's third season under head coach Joakim Flygh. Rising senior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) is the Bulldogs' captain. The team's top returning scorer is rising junior forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) (9-3-12).
Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2012-13, Yale's 36th 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 (Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Union).
- The regular-season schedule includes seven non-conference games: Oct. 19 at Robert Morris, Oct. 20 at RIT, Nov. 16 and 17 vs. Mercyhurst, Nov. 23 vs. UConn in the Nutmeg Classic at Ingalls Rink, Nov. 24 in the championship or consolation game of the Nutmeg Classic at Ingalls Rink and Jan. 5 vs. Providence.
- The ninth annual Nutmeg Classic takes place at Ingalls Rink in November. The tournament features three women's ice hockey teams from the state of Connecticut ("The Nutmeg State"): Yale, UConn and Quinnipiac. The fourth team this year is Boston College. The Bulldogs will play UConn in the first round Friday, Nov. 23. The consolation and championship games are Nov. 24.
- There are 16 regular-season home games on the schedule. There is also an exhibition game vs. McGill at Ingalls Rink on Jan. 4. Yale will also play one pre-season scrimmage (vs. the Toronto Aeros on Oct. 13 at Ingalls).
- Plans for Alumnae Day and the annual "White Out for Mandi" fundraiser game in memory of Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) and her battle with cancer will be announced at a later date.
- Yale plays at least nine games against teams that ended last season ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll (No. 3 Cornell twice, No. 7 St. Lawrence twice, No. 8 Mercyhurst twice, RV Harvard twice, RV Providence). There is also the chance of a 10th game vs. a ranked team (if the Bulldogs face BC, which was No. 4, in the Nutmeg Classic championship or consolation game Nov. 24).
- The schedule includes at least six games against teams that took part in the 2012 NCAA tournament: Cornell (advanced to NCAA semifinals) twice, Mercyhurst (eliminated in first round) twice and St. Lawrence (eliminated in first round) twice. There is also the chance of a seventh game vs. an NCAA tournament team (if the Bulldogs face BC, which advanced to the NCAA semifinals, in the Nutmeg Classic championship or consolation game Nov. 24).
- Yale's final regular-season home game, Saturday Feb. 23 vs. Princeton, will include Senior Day ceremonies. The Bulldogs will pay tribute to the team's seven seniors: G Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.), D Emily DesMeules (North Pomfret, Vt.), D Jamie Gray (Calgary, Alta.), F Jen Matichuk (St. Albert, Alta.), F Danielle Moncion (Round Lake Center, Ont.), D Natalie Wedell (Arden Hills, Minn.) and captain F Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.).
- The 2013 ECAC Hockey playoffs begin Mar. 1 and determine which team gets the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The top eight teams in the league make the playoffs, with the top four seeds hosting teams five through eight (No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc.) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. The winners of those series then play the semifinals and championship the weekend of Mar. 8. Yale has made seven ECAC Hockey playoff appearances in the last 11 years, and advanced to the semifinals in 2004-05.
- The NCAA tournament, which includes eight teams, begins Friday Mar. 15 with quarterfinal games at campus sites. The winners of those quarterfinal games advance to the Frozen Four, which takes place in Minneapolis, Minn., on Mar. 22 and 24. 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.
- Yale will once again offer live stats and live video of home games on yalebulldogs.com. Road games will also be available through the host schools' websites.
- The schedule is subject to change. Check yalebulldogs.com for updates.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity