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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey program has announced its 33-game schedule for the 2013-14 season that includes 16 home games and 12 non-conference games.
UNH, led by 12th-year head coach Brian McCloskey, opens the year with a two-game road series at St. Lawrence University on Sept. 27-28. The Wildcats then begin a three-game homestand Oct. 4 against RIT, a team the 'Cats have not faced off against since December 1994. Syracuse University, which finished second in the CHA standings – one spot ahead of RIT, comes to the Whittemore Center on Oct. 5; last year, the 'Cats were 4-3 road victors vs. the Orange.
Hockey East league action begins Oct. 13 when UNH battles intrastate rival University of Maine at the Whittemore Center. The 'Cats close the month with three consecutive road games – a midweek matchup at Boston College (Oct. 16) and the first-ever games against CHA member Penn State University (Oct. 26-27).
New Hampshire plays the first of eight November games Nov. 1 at home against NCAA runner-up Boston University and UNH plays host to the Terriers later that month (Nov. 24). Also of note in November, the 'Cats make a weekend trip to play Princeton University (Nov. 15) – it will be the first meeting between the programs since November 2007 – and Quinnipiac University (Nov. 16), a team UNH defeated 5-2 last year at the Whitt.
The Wildcats' other November home games are against Providence College (Nov. 7) and The Ohio State University (Nov. 30); the last time UNH and OSU faced off was Oct. 2002. The Wildcats and Buckeyes conclude the two-game series in Durham on Dec. 1, then UNH closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule at Harvard (Dec. 6) and home versus intrastate combatant Dartmouth College (Dec. 8).
Following a break for exams and the holidays, UNH resumes play Jan. 10 at home against Providence College. The home-and-home series concludes Jan. 12 at PC. The trend of home-and-home series continues the next two weekends against the University of Connecticut and BC.
February opens with two games at Maine (Feb. 1-2) and a trip to Boston to play BU on Feb. 8 before closing with four of five games on home ice. That stretch begins Feb. 9 vs. UConn and continues with two games at the Whitt against UVM. UNH caps the regular season with a home-and-home series vs. Northeastern that includes Senior Day at the Whittemore Center in the Feb. 23 finale.
New Hampshire looks to return to the Women's Hockey East Championship for the 11th time in 12 years when tourney play begins March 1.