Harvard Women's Ice Hockey Releases 2011-12 Schedule

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a 2010-11 season in which its posted a 14-5-3 conference record, the Harvard women's ice hockey team will play a 29-game schedule that includes a pair of home dates with the Minnesota Gophers.

Katy Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey and the winningest coach in the history of Division I women's hockey, returns for her 18th season at the helm of the Crimson. After its annual exhibition game against McGill (Oct. 22), Harvard will make its 2011 debut Oct. 28-29 on the road against St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

The Crimson opens its home season also against Clarkson and St. Lawrence Nov. 18-19.

Stone will continue her position as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team through the 2011-12 season, beginning with the USA Hockey Women's National Festival Aug. 12-20 in Blaine, Minn., and with competition at the IIHF 12 Nations Tournament (Aug. 23-31), the 2011 Four Nations Cup (Nov. 9-14) and the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship (April 7-14). She will also oversee the USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp Dec. 26-31.

After opening the season on the road, Harvard continues with road games at Colgate and Cornell Nov. 11-12. The team will enjoy its Thanksgiving break with three home games including rivals Dartmouth (Nov. 23) and a two-game home series against Minnesota (Nov. 26-27). The team then closes out the month with a road game at Dartmouth on Nov. 30.

Following an off-week, Harvard returns to action against another rival in New Hampshire in a 7 .m. game on Dec. 9. The team has a short turnaround before a Dec. 10 game, though with a short trip to Providence College.

After breaking for the holidays, Harvard travels to Connecticut Dec. 3 and to Princeton and Quinnipiac Jan. 6-7. In the middle of the month, a two-week home stand sees the Crimson play host to Union and Rennselaer (Jan. 13-14) and Cornell and Colgate (Jan. 20-21).

Harvard returns to the road Jan. 27-28 for weekend games at Yale and brown, respectively before skating in the first round of the Beanpot at Boston University on Jan. 31. The championship/ consolation games will take place a week later, on Feb. 7, also at Boston University.

The Crimson's final six regular season games are split between home and the road with home dates against Quinnipiac-Princeton on Feb. 3-4 and against Brown-Yale on Feb. 17-18 in its finale. Those games are sandwiched around a road weekend at Rennselaer -Union Feb. 10-11.

The ECAC Hockey quarterfinals take place Feb. 24-25.