DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team has announced its 34-game regular-season schedule for 2011-12 that includes 16 home games at the Whittemore Center and a road trip to the Midwest to battle the University of Minnesota.
UNH's season opens Sept. 30 on the road against Niagara University. It is the second consecutive year the Wildcats travel to play the first game of the season and second time the 'Cats face off against Niagara in a season opener; the other time was September 2006.
One week later, New Hampshire plays its home opener – and first of eight contests versus ECAC opponents – against Colgate University on Oct. 7, and the Wildcats welcome Syracuse University to the Whittemore Center the next afternoon.
UNH begins Hockey East action with a home-and-home series against Boston College with the teams facing off in Durham for the opener (Oct. 14) and concluding the two-game series at Conte Forum the following day.
The Wildcats conclude the month of October with a trip to northern New York to play St. Lawrence University (Oct. 21) and Clarkson University (Oct. 22).
New Hampshire plays nine November games with four at the Whittemore Center and four against Hockey East foes, including home league games against the University of Vermont (Nov. 3) and University of Maine (Nov. 25). A stretch of five consecutive road games includes the Nov. 18-19 trip to Minnesota.
UNH's non-conference schedule also includes two games against intrastate rival Dartmouth College (Nov. 6 at Dartmouth; Dec. 11 at home), home games vs. Princeton University (Nov. 26) and Union College (Nov. 29) and a trip to Harvard University (Dec. 9).
Once the calendar turns to 2012, the 'Cats close the regular season with 13 consecutive Hockey East games. New Hampshire opens the new year Jan. 10 at Boston College, then plays host to the University of Connecticut for a two-game series Jan. 13-14.
The remaining home portion of the schedule features Boston University (Jan. 19; Feb. 4), Vermont (Jan. 28) and Providence College (Feb. 11-12). UNH closes out the regular season Feb. 18-19 at Maine.