July 18, 2008

2008-09 Schedule Includes 12 Games vs. Nationally Ranked Teams

July 18, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Twelve games against teams that ended last season ranked in the top 10 or receiving votes, including five at Ingalls Rink, highlight the 2008-09 Yale women's ice hockey schedule. The Bulldogs, who are looking to make their eighth straight ECAC Hockey playoff appearance, open the regular season Oct. 25 at NCAA Frozen Four participant New Hampshire. Yale hosts St. Lawrence Nov. 7 in the home opener, which will be fans' first chance to see the ongoing renovations to Ingalls.

Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2008-09, Yale's 32nd 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. 25 at New Hampshire, Nov. 25 vs. BU, Dec. 30 vs. Providence, Jan. 2 at Northeastern and Jan. 3 vs. Boston College. The other two non-conference games are part of the Nutmeg Classic.

  • There are 13 home games on the schedule, starting with St. Lawrence on Nov. 7. 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 2008, and the project will also eventually include a new 14,000-square foot addition on the Mansfield Street side that will house varsity team locker rooms, coaches' offices and training facilities.

  • The fifth annual Nutmeg Classic takes place Nov. 28 and 29. The tournament features three women's ice hockey teams from the state of Connecticut ("The Nutmeg State"), plus one team from out of state (Wayne State this year). This year's tournament is hosted by UConn, with first-round games Nov. 28 and the consolation and championship games Nov. 29. Yale plays Quinnipiac in the opener.

  • There are 12 games against teams that ended last season ranked or receiving votes in one of the national polls on the schedule (No. 8/9 Clarkson twice, No. 8/9 Dartmouth twice, No. 1/4 Harvard twice, No. 2/3 New Hampshire, Princeton (received votes) twice, Providence (received votes) and No. 6 St. Lawrence twice. Yale may also wind up playing UConn, which was No. 10 in the USCHO.com poll and received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll, in the Nutmeg Classic consolation or championship game Nov. 29. That would bring the total to 13 games against teams ranked or receiving votes.

  • The schedule includes seven games against teams that took part in the 2008 NCAA tournament. New Hampshire (Oct. 25 in Durham, N.H.) and Harvard (Jan. 10 in New Haven and Feb. 6 in Cambridge, Mass.) both made the Frozen Four. Dartmouth (Jan. 9 in New Haven and Feb. 7 in Hanover, Mass.) and St. Lawrence (Nov. 7 in New Haven and Jan. 17 in Canton, N.Y.) were both quarterfinal participants.

  • Yale will be home Feb. 13 and 14 and will take part in USA Hockey's "Hockey Weekend Across America" promotion. Friday's theme will be Wear Your Favorite Jersey and Saturday's theme will be Bring a Friend to the Rink. More information is available at USA Hockey's website HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

  • Yale will also play one pre-season scrimmage (at Brown with Princeton Oct. 18) and one exhibition game (vs. McGill at Ingalls Rink Oct. 26).

  • The ECAC Hockey playoffs begin Feb. 27. 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. 7. The semifinal winners play for the ECAC Hockey championship Mar. 8. Yale has made seven straight ECAC Hockey playoff appearances and advanced to the semifinals in 2004-05.

  • The NCAA tournament, which includes eight teams, begins Mar. 13 with quarterfinal games at campus sites. The winners of those quarterfinal games advance to the Frozen Four, which takes place at BU's Agganis Arena in Boston on Mar. 20 and 22. The winners of the ECAC Hockey, Hockey East and WCHA playoffs each receive automatic berths in the tournament field. There are also five at-large berths.

  • 2008-09 Yale Women's Ice Hockey Schedule

    report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity