13 Regular Season Home Games on Slate; Nov. 8 is Fans' First Chance to See Bulldogs at Ingalls
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team will test itself against some of the nation's best this season. Games against the top four teams in the country in the final 2012-13 national poll -- including a pair against defending NCAA champion Minnesota at Ingalls Rink -- highlight the 2013-14 schedule, which was announced Monday. Yale is scheduled to play 10 games against teams that made the NCAA tournament and were ranked in the top eight in the national poll at the end of the year.
The games vs. No. 1 Minnesota on Nov. 23 and 24 mark the first time in Yale's history that the Bulldogs face a team that is the reigning NCAA champion. The Gophers have won the last two NCAA championships, and bring an NCAA record 49-game winning streak into the 2013-14 season.
The Bulldogs open the regular season Oct. 19 at No. 3 Boston College and start ECAC Hockey play Nov. 1 at No. 7 Clarkson. The first regular season home game is Nov. 8 vs. Princeton.
This is Yale's fourth season under head coach Joakim Flygh. Rising senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) is the Bulldogs' captain. The team's top returning scorer is rising sophomore defenseman Kate Martini (King City, Ont.) (6-10-16).
Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2013-14, Yale's 37th 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 No. 3 BC, Oct. 26 at No. 2 BU, Nov. 23 and 24 vs. No. 1 Minnesota, two games in the 10th annual Nutmeg Classic at Quinnipiac (Nov. 29 and 30) and Dec. 6 at Providence.
- There are 13 regular season home games on the schedule. There is also an exhibition game vs. McGill at Ingalls Rink on Oct. 5, and a scrimmage vs. Sacred Heart at Ingalls Rink on Oct. 18.
- Yale is scheduled to play 10 games against teams that ended last season ranked or receiving votes in the final 2012-13 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll (No. 1 Minnesota twice, No. 2 BU, No. 3 BC, No. 4 Cornell twice, No. 7 Clarkson twice and No. 8 Harvard twice).
- The schedule includes 10 games against teams that took part in the 2013 NCAA tournament: No. 1 Minnesota (NCAA champions) twice, No. 2 BU (NCAA runners-up), No. 3 BC (advanced to NCAA semifinals), No. 4 Cornell (eliminated in NCAA quarterfinals) twice, No. 7 Clarkson (eliminated in NCAA quarterfinals) twice and No. 8 Harvard (eliminated in NCAA quarterfinals) twice.
- The 10th annual Nutmeg Classic takes place at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center in November. The tournament features three women's ice hockey teams from the state of Connecticut ("The Nutmeg State"): Yale, Quinnipiac and UConn. The fourth team this year is RIT. The Bulldogs will play UConn in the first round Friday, Nov. 29. The consolation and championship games are Nov. 30. Yale has advanced to the championship game seven times in nine years, and won the championship in 2006-07.
- Yale's final regular season home game, Saturday Feb. 22 vs. Dartmouth, will include Senior Day ceremonies. The Bulldogs will pay tribute to the team's five seniors: F Paige Decker (New Preston, Conn.), F Ashley Dunbar (Hillsborough, N.J.), D Aurora Kennedy (Mississauga, Ont.), F Patricia McGauley (Wilcox, Sask.) and D Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.).
- 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.
- The 2014 ECAC Hockey playoffs begin Feb. 28 and determine which team gets the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The top eight teams in the league make the ECAC Hockey 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 12 years, and advanced to the semifinals in 2004-05.
- The NCAA tournament, which includes eight teams, begins Friday Mar. 14 with quarterfinal games at campus sites. The winners of those quarterfinal games advance to the Frozen Four, which takes place at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center on Mar. 21 and 23. 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.