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UMass Lowell hockey announces 2010-11 schedule.

Schedule highlighted by 16 home dates, River Hawks open the season at Maine

LOWELL, MA – The 2010-11 UMass Lowell hockey season will start where last season ended, in the Alfond Arena versus Hockey East rival Maine. In addition to the playoff rematch, the River Hawks’ 2010-11 slate features the usual 27 conference contests and 16 home dates in the renovated Tsongas Center, as announced by head coach Blaise MacDonald on Tuesday.

The 34-game schedule will feature seven non-conference matchups, paired with the annual Hockey East competition. UMass Lowell has 16 home dates and 18 road games.

“We’ve put together another challenging schedule, which generally takes care of itself when playing in Hockey East,” said MacDonald of the 2010-11 campaign. “We’re excited to have added a top ECAC team in Princeton and to have Minnesota State-Mankato of the WCHA come into our building. We also will play two difficult road games at Niagara and RIT that will present great opportunity for our team to come together.”

The River Hawks start the campaign on a three-game road stand with the trip to Maine on October 8, followed by back-to-back games in upstate New York against Niagara and RIT (Oct. 15-16).

“Right off the bat we go to Maine, Niagara and RIT, which are three tough places to play. We’re taking the floaties off and jumping into the deep end. I think this team will respond to that and it will pay dividends,” said MacDonald of the season’s start.

UMass Lowell then returns home for opening night in the Tsongas Center on October 22, versus Providence College and an encore against Northeastern the following night.

Boston University rolls into town next for the first leg of a home-and-home weekend on October 29-30. The River Hawks then take on the 2010 Hockey East Tournament and NCAA Champions, Boston College, at Chestnut Hill on November 2.

After a home-and-home series with Merrimack (Nov. 19-20), UMass Lowell resumes non-conference action as Minnesota State-Mankato stops into the Tsongas Center for a pair of games starting on November 26.

In December, the River Hawks play host to New Hampshire (Dec. 2) and travel to Massachusetts (Dec. 4) before closing out the first-half of the season with a weekend set at Princeton on December 10-11.

UMass Lowell will play all but one of its final 16 games within the conference, with eight home dates and eight road games. The final non-conference game of the 2010-11 season is against Bentley on Tuesday, January 25, in the Tsongas Center.

“Hockey East play will be no different than last year, but more competitive. Teams could go from third place to out of the playoffs on the last weekend and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a third straight National Champion coming out of Hockey East,” MacDonald said of the Hockey East conference.

Fan’s first chance to catch a glimpse of the new look River Hawks is on Sunday, October 3, when they host New Brunswick in an exhibition contest at the Tsongas Center.

“Our loyal and growing fan base will be given the opportunity to have an incredible fan experience at all our home games,” said MacDonald of the renovated Tsongas Center. “The engagement capabilities with our new video scoreboard will be amazing and the luxury of the Pavilion Club and other new seating and lounge areas will provide tremendous comfort and enjoyment.”

Season tickets for the 2010-2011 campaign are currently on-sale through the UMass Lowell Ticket Office. Contact Scott Donnelly at (978) 934-4988 or via email at scott_donnelly@uml.edu for more information. To visit the River Hawk ticket page, click here.

For the complete 2010-11 UMass Lowell hockey schedule, click here.