UAH Hockey Releases 2013-14 Slate, 16 Home Games On Tap
Huntsville, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team released its 2013-14 schedule this afternoon, which includes 16 home games and a 28-game league schedule, as the WCHA announced next year’s conference slate as well.
“To go from being the only independent in America to a 28-game conference schedule is, as I’ve said before, like opening the gates of Heaven,” said UAH Director of Athletics Dr. EJ Brophy. “It is time to begin a new era of Charger Hockey in one of the premier leagues in the country. I wish the season started tomorrow.”
UAH will play 16 games against eight different opponents at the friendly confines of the Von Braun Center next season, while playing 38 games in all in 2013-14. Benefitting from a conference slate in which the Chargers will play 14 games on the road and 14 games at home, the fans and players can now look forward to some consistency and quality in the program’s schedule.
After opening up in nonconference action at Northeaster on Oct. 11-12, the Chargers 2013 home-opener could not have come against a more despised and recognizable opponent in UAH hockey history, as Bemidji State travels to Huntsville on Oct. 25 and 26.
The Chargers and Beavers have a rivalry that started back in 1994, which kick started the two teams meeting in the Division II Championship in four out of the next five years in the mid-90′s. The two teams split the four meetings, with UAH winning it all in 1996 and 1998.
The following weekend UAH plays host to last year’s Frozen Four runner-up Ferris State. The Bulldogs skated all the way to the National Championship last year before falling to Boston College. Ferris State is joining the WCHA, as their current conference the CCHA will dissolve following the conclusion of this season.
“I believe our schedule ranks right up there next to other division one hockey programs,” said Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst. “Our nonconference schedule is phenomenal, hosting a quality St. Cloud (State) team and visiting Notre Dame twice, to go along with a trip to Wisconsin, gives a respectable schedule outside of the competitive WCHA.”
After a trip to Anchorage, Alaska, the Chargers will return home to face St. Cloud State in the team’s only home nonconference series of the season on Nov. 15-16. The two teams played in St. Cloud, Minn., this season and now the Huskies will make the trip south to Huntsville next year.
Thanksgiving weekend the Chargers will head to South Bend, Indiana, to play on campus of Notre Dame University. UAH is one of four teams competing at ND that weekend, joining Northeastern, Western Michigan and the host Fighting Irish.
Following a two-week road swing, UAH hosts Minnesota State at the VBC on Dec. 13-14. The Chargers opened up this past season against Minnesota State, picking up a 2-2 draw after falling 4-1 in the home-opener.
UAH travels to Wisconsin on Dec. 27-28, as they will play the Badgers in a holiday series in Madison. A week later the Chargers return to the Rocket City to host the Falcons of Bowling Green. That will be the second meeting of the season, as the two teams will play in Bowling Green on Dec. 6-7.
The Blue and White will visit Notre Dame for a second time on Jan. 10-11, 2014, but will return home to host Alaska-Anchorage on Jan. 17-18. After hitting the road for three straight weeks following a weekend off, UAH will host Lake Superior State on Feb. 21-22. UAH picked up a road victory at Lake State earlier this season.
A week later the Chargers travel to Minnesota to face Bemidji State for the second series of the year, this time in Bemidji. March 7-8 UAH will wrap up the schedule with a home series against Northern Michigan.
“I think next year’s schedule is a compliment to the hard work we all put in this process. The administration, staff and hockey voices around all helped to make this next season as exciting as ever before,” said Kleinendorst.
The WCHA Playoffs will begin on March 14, with the first round scheduled for Mar. 14-15. The WCHA Final Five will be played on March 20-22.
All UAH home games will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Complete season ticket information will become available soon.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations