Owning one of the longest and most storied traditions in college hockey, the Clarkson University Hockey team will be striving to reclaim its place as one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey and move back into national prominence with its 92nd campaign this winter.
The Golden Knights officially release their 2013-14 schedule today, which comprises a 36-game slate, including 22 contests in ECAC Hockey. The 12-team league established itself as the top conference in the country last year with a pair of ECAC Hockey teams playing in the the NCAA Division I Championship game this past April.
A potential 13 games against teams that earned a bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including seven contests against Frozen Four participants, highlights the schedule. Clarkson, with possible match ups against opponents from four of the other five conferences, will host 17 regular-season games at Cheel Arena and compete in two tournaments. The Knights will also play an exhibition game in Potsdam in early December.
The Knights, under the guidance of third-year head coach Casey Jones, the Leonard S. Ceglarski Endowed Chair for Clarkson Hockey, and assistants Phil Roy '00 and Andy Jones, will open the 2013-14 campaign with a weekend series at 2013 NCAA Tournament participant, Atlantic Hockey foe Niagara University on October 5-6.
Clarkson will play the first of its two in-season tournaments on October 11-12 when the Green and Gold skate in the Ice Breaker Tournament. The tournament, which marks the traditional start to the college hockey season, will be held at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, MN and will also include the University of Minnesota (Big 10), Mercyhurst College (Atlantic Hockey) and the University of New Hampshire (Hockey East). Both Minnesota and New Hampshire played in last year's NCAA postseason action.
"We are very excited about opening our 2013-14 season at college hockey's prestigious Ice Breaker Tournament," stated Jones. "I have had the opportunity to coach in Mariucci Arena before and look forward to my players having the experience of playing against great competition in a great college hockey venue."
The Knights host Atlantic Hockey foe RIT in a weekend series on October 18-19 to open the home slate in Potsdam. The Knights will also take on Colorado College, of the fledgling National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), in a two-game matchup at Cheel Arena on October 25-26 before starting ECAC Hockey play.
Clarkson opens the conference campaign where its 2012-13 season ended this past March when the Knights face off against Brown in Providence, RI on November 1. Defending National Champion Yale awaits Clarkson the next night when the Green and Gold battle the Bulldogs in New Haven, CT. Clarkson shut out Yale 1-0 at Ingalls Rink last year.
Headlining a list of 12 ECAC Hockey home games in '13-14 is the annual battle with their Route 11 neighbor St. Lawrence University on December 6. The Knights, who own a current six-game league unbeaten streak over their arch-rival, will face the Saints the following night in Canton to complete the North Country home-and-home weekend series.
The 2013 portion of the schedule comes to a close when Clarkson competes in the Catamount Cup at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, VT on December 28-29 against a pair of Hockey East foes. The Knights face off against tournament host UVM in the first round and then will battle UMass-Lowell on the second day of the classic-format tourney in the first of three consecutive games against the 2013 Frozen Four participant.
Clarkson resumes play in the New Year by hosting the River Hawks in a weekend series at Cheel on January 3-4. Merrimack, a rising force in Hockey East, will travel to Potsdam for a two-game series on January 10-11 to wrap up the Knights' non-conference slate.
The Knights return to ECAC Hockey play on January 17 with their second match-up of the season against the 2013 National Champion when Yale makes its annual visit to Potsdam.
The regular season comes to a close on March 1 when Quinnipiac, national runners up in 2013, plays at Cheel.
Playoff hockey begins on March 7-9 with the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament, while the quarterfinal round will be held on March 14-16. After a 12-year absence, the league's championship weekend will return to Lake Placid, NY when the tournament championship will be decided at the 1980 Rink - Herb Brooks Arena on March 21-22.
NCAA postseason play concludes on Saturday, April 12 with the 67th Annual Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.