The Crimson could face as many as four NCAA Tournament teams from last season in 2015-16 (Jim Rosvold).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off an ECAC Championship season that included an appearance in the national title game, Harvard women's hockey has released its 2015-16 schedule. The Crimson will play 13 contests at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, where it went 15-1-1 a year ago, and 18 games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
After hosting McGill in an exhibition on October 17, Harvard opens ECAC play on the road at Dartmouth on Friday, Oct. 23 at Thompson Arena. The Crimson returns to Cambridge a week later on October 30 at 7 p.m. for its home opener with Clarkson before hosting St. Lawrence on October 31 at 4 p.m.
Harvard will travel to ECAC and Ivy League foes Yale and Brown November 6-7 before playing a four-game homestand at Bright-Landry. The Crimson will face Union (Nov. 13), Rensselaer (Nov. 14), New Hampshire (Nov. 18) and Northeastern (Nov. 24) during that stretch.
On November 27 and 28, Harvard will travel to Minnesota-Duluth, where Harvard will see familiar faces in former Associate Head Coach and UMD head coach Maura Crowell and her assistants, former assistant Laura Bellamy and former player Samantha Reber. The Friday tilt is slated for a 7 p.m. local puck drop, while the time of Saturday's contest is yet to be announced.
Nine consecutive ECAC contests follow the Crimson's trip west, including five games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. First, Harvard travels to Princeton and Quinnipiac (Dec. 4-5) before returning home after a few weeks off from competition to battle Cornell and Colgate (Jan. 8-9). The Crimson will venture to St. Lawrence and Clarkson on January 15 and 16, and host Dartmouth (Jan. 23), Quinnipiac (Jan. 29) and Princeton (Jan. 30) in the following week.
Walter Brown Arena, home to Boston University's women's team, will hold the 2016 Beanpot with first round games on February 2 and final round bouts on February 9. The Crimson has not won consecutive Beanpots since 2004-05 and 2005-06. Sandwiched between the two contests, Harvard hosts Brown on February 5 and archrival Yale on February 6 to close the Crimson's home slate.
Harvard will make its final push towards the postseason with four straight road matchups at Rensselaer (Feb. 12), Union (Feb. 13), Colgate (Feb. 19) and Cornell (Feb. 20).
The Crimson is looking for its fifth consecutive 20-win season and to win back-to-back ECAC regular season championships for the first time since 2008-09 and 2009-10.