Harvard will play 14 home regular season contests in 2016-17 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ready to hit the ice for the upcoming season, Harvard women's hockey and Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, announced the team's schedule for 2016-17 on Friday. The Crimson will play 14 home regular season contests, and five of the eight NCAA tournament squads from a year ago will face off with Harvard in 2016-17. Each of Harvard's home games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Crimson hosts McGill in a preseason exhibition on Oct. 14 before traveling to Clarkson and St. Lawrence to open the season Oct. 28-29. Harvard hosts Dartmouth in its regular season opener on Thursday, Nov. 3, and welcomes Princeton and defending ECAC Hockey champion Quinnipiac to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center Nov. 11-12.
A four-game departure from conference action begins at Boston College on Thursday, Nov. 17, and Boston University makes the short trip to Harvard on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Making the return from the Thanksgiving trip a year ago, Minnesota Duluth will challenge the Crimson on back-to-back nights, Nov. 25-26.
Harvard wraps up the first half of its schedule at Cornell and Colgate Dec. 2-3, and does not hit the ice again until Jan. 6-7 with a trip to Quinnipiac and Princeton.
A midweek clash at New Hampshire is set for Tuesday, Jan. 10, with home contests against Rensselaer and Union to follow Jan. 13-14. A trio of road Ivy opponents will target the Crimson the subsequent week, as Harvard travels to Dartmouth (Jan. 17), Brown (Jan. 20) and Yale (Jan. 21).
Colgate and Cornell make the return trip to Cambridge Jan. 27-28, while St. Lawrence and Clarkson follow for contests at Bright-Landry the next weekend, Feb. 3-4.
Matthews Arena and Northeastern will host the 2017 Beanpot, with Harvard and the host-Huskies set to square off in the opening round on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The championship and consolation games will be played a week later on Feb. 14, sandwiching a weekend departure to Union and Rensselaer Feb. 10-11.
Harvard closes the 2016-17 regular season with home Ivy games against Yale and Brown Feb. 17-18, with ECAC Hockey playoffs to start shortly after. The Crimson will honor its senior class in a post-game ceremony after the clash with the Bears.
Harvard put together a 17-12-3 campaign in 2015-16, including a 12-7-3 mark in ECAC Hockey action. The team returns five of its top-six point scorers from a year ago.