Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Four 2012 NCAA tournament teams and a 21-game Hockey East slate headline the 2012-13 Boston College women's ice hockey schedule as announced by Head Coach Katie King Crowley on Friday.
"We're excited about the challenges this 2012-13 schedule brings," said Crowley. "Our Hockey East conference continues to strive to be the top league in the country so we know every game will bring a new test for our student-athletes. We were also able to bring in some very good non-conference teams that will challenge us to be better day in and day out. This year we're very excited about our exhibition with the Boston Blades that will bring back Olympian Alums Kelli Stack and Molly Schaus. It will certainly be an exciting year of hockey for our team."
The first puck drop for the Eagles will take place at Conte Forum against Boston University on October 5.
BC will gear up in an exhibition against the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women's Hockey League on October 13 followed up with a home-and-home series against UNH on October 20-21.
October ends with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs coming Conte Forum for two games from October 25-26 and a trip down Commonwealth Ave. to visit Boston University on October 31.
The Eagles will start off November at home against Boston University on the 3rd, the third time these teams will have faced off in the first month of the season. The month continues with crucial conference matchups against Providence on November 7 and Northeastern on November 16 and 18. After competing in the Nutmeg Classic, the Eagles will close out the first half of the season with back-to-back home games against Maine on November 30 and December 1 followed by a trip to Durham, N.H. to take on UNH on December 5.
Other non-conference opponents include: at Dartmouth (Nov. 12), the Nutmeg Classic against Quinnipiac and either Yale or Connecticut (Nov. 23-24), at Clarkson (Jan. 3), at St. Lawrence (Jan. 4), Cornell (Jan. 13), and back to back games at Mercyhurst (Jan. 18-19).
Northeastern will host the 35th annual Beanpot on Tuesday Feb. 5 and Tuesday Feb. 12. The Eagles open the tournament against Harvard on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. The final round will take place one week later (Feb. 12) with the Eagles facing off against either Northeastern or Boston University.
The Eagles close out the regular season with a home-and-home set against Connecticut (Feb. 16-17) and a trip to Burlington for two games against Vermont (Feb. 23-24).
Quarterfinals of the Hockey East Tournament will be played at campus sites from Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 3. The semifinals and final are slated for Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Hyannis, Mass.
The NCAA Tournament gets under way with regional play from March 16-17 at campus sites. The "Frozen Four" will take place the following weekend, beginning on Friday, March 22 and culminating with the final on Sunday, March 24 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.