May 17, 2005
New Haven, CT - Seven teams that ended last season in the top 10 highlight Yale's schedule for 2005-06 as the Bulldogs look to improve on last year's record-setting victory total. In addition to the always-tough ECACHL slate, the Bulldogs have scheduled non-conference games against Boston College, No. 9 New Hampshire, No. 8 Providence, No. 7 Mercyhurst, Niagara, Northeastern and No. 10 UConn.
The Bulldogs open the season with the Nutmeg Classic, hosting local rivals Quinnipiac at Ingalls Rink on Oct. 28 in what will be the Bobcats' first ECACHL game. Yale travels to UConn the following night looking to avenge last season's 2-1 loss to the Huskies in the Nutmeg Classic championship game. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that UConn head coach Heather Linstad coached Bulldogs head coach Hilary Witt while the two were at Northeastern. In addition to her former coach, Witt also gets a crack at her former school when Northeastern comes to Ingalls Rink Jan. 7.
Three of Yale's ECACHL rivals ended last season in the top ten, with a fourth (Princeton) among the "others receiving votes" along with the Bulldogs. The conference schedule heats up when Yale's biggest rival comes to town for a double feature of sorts in November, as the Bulldogs host Harvard Nov. 18 in women's hockey - the night before the football team hosts the Crimson in The Game. Harvard ended last season as the top-ranked ECACHL team at No. 4, while Dartmouth was No. 5 and St. Lawrence was No. 6.
The addition of Quinnipiac also shakes up the Bulldogs' conference travel partner situation, as Yale is now partnered with Brown while former travel mate Princeton hooks on with the Bobcats. Yale will actually make two trips to Providence this season - once to visit the Bears on Jan. 24 and once to play Providence and Niagara following Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 and 26. The regular season ends at Princeton Feb. 25.
A repeat of last season's top-four finish in the ECACHL would give Yale home ice for the ECACHL quarterfinals March 3-5. The winners of that best-of-three round advance to the ECACHL semifinals Mar. 11, and the winner of the ECACHL Championship Mar. 12 receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. NCAA Regionals will be held Mar 17-19 at campus sites, with the Frozen Four taking place in Minneapolis Mar. 24 and 26.
Last season's playoff series against Princeton drew over 1300 fans to Ingalls Rink. Ticket information for the 2005-06 season will be available shortly.