ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine announced the 2013-2014 men's ice hockey schedule today, which includes a Frozen Fenway game and a trip to new Hockey East member Notre Dame.
"I am looking forward to our 2013-2014 schedule," said Maine head coach Red Gendron. "Our slate features five teams and at least nine games against teams which completed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. We return to the Florida College Classic for the 14th time where we will attempt to win our third straight title."
"Our team will face Boston University in Frozen Fenway 2014 on January 11. This experience will be a great one for our student-athletes, staff and fans, playing an outdoor game in a historic ballpark. Early in February, we travel to Hockey East newcomer Notre Dame for our first league games against the Irish."
With the addition of Notre Dame to Hockey East, conference schools will play just two league games against each other this season.
Maine takes to the ice for the first time when it hosts Dalhousie in an exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Black Bears open the regular season when they travel to St. Lawrence for a pair of games on Oct. 11 and 12. Maine then returns home to host Bentley and UMass, in a pair of non-conference games, to end October.
November starts with a trip to UMass for a pair of league games on the first two days of the month. The Black Bears return home to host Vermont for a pair of Hockey East games Nov. 8 and 9. The season-long four game home stand continues when Maine hosts Boston University on Nov. 15 and Boston College on Nov. 23. Maine ends the month with a trip to Vermont for a pair of non-conference games on Nov. 29 and 30.
Maine ends the first semester with three straight home games. The Black Bears host UMass Lowell in a rematch of the 2013 Hockey East quarterfinals on Dec. 7. The Black Bears welcome American International College for a pair of games on Dec. 13 and 14.
The Black Bears return to the Florida College Classic for the 14th straight season. Maine will face Princeton the first day and then will match up with either New Hampshire or Cornell the second night. The Black Bears have won back-to-back Florida College Classic Championships and look to win their third straight title this season.
January begins with a trip to national runner-up Quinnipiac on Jan. 4. The Black Bears then travel to Fenway Park for Frozen Fenway where they face Boston University in a Hockey East game. Maine played New Hampshire two years ago at Fenway Park in front of 38,456 fans. The Black Bears host St. Francis-Xavier on Jan. 14, before hitting the road once again to face UMass Lowell on Jan. 17 and Boston College on Jan. 18. The Black Bears host New Brunswick on Jan. 21, before playing a home-and-home with New Hampshire. Maine travels to Durham on Jan. 24, before hosting the Wildcats on Jan. 26.
The Black Bears travel to Notre Dame, who joins Hockey East for the first time this season, on Feb. 7 and 8. Maine returns home to host Merrimack on Feb. 14 and 15. They Black Bears travel to Northeastern for a pair of games on Feb. 21 and 22, before hosting Providence for a pair of games to end the regular season on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Maine returns 18 letterwinners from last season, including six of their nine top scorers. Among those returning are Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) who led the team in scoring with six goals and 20 assists for 26 points a year ago. Blueliner Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) added four goals and 11 assists for 15 points. Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) each tallied 14 points. Maine returns all three of its goalies from last season, including Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) who finished 9-12-8 with a 2.42 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
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