#19/22 Men's Hockey Unveils Challenging 2014-15 Slate

#19/22 Men's Hockey Unveils Challenging 2014-15 Slate

BOSTON, Mass.—Highlighted by the 50th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament and at least three contests against NESCAC opponents, the #19/22 UMass Boston men's hockey team released their 2014-15 schedule.

After posting the second and fourth most wins in a single-season in program history in back-to-back years, ninth-year head coach Peter Belisle has unveiled a tougher schedule this year, in hopes of a deep playoff run. The Beacons will play multiple teams out of the NESCAC conference for the first time since 2010-11, with tilts against Wesleyan University (Conn.), #10/11 Trinity College and Connecticut College.

Connecticut College will be the Beacons first round opponent in the 2015 Codfish Bowl, which marks the 50th Anniversary of the longest continually running Division III hockey tournament in the nation. Lake Forest College out of Illinois and Hamilton College (N.Y.), another NESCAC school, will play in the other semifinal. This year's tournament will be played on January 4 and 5.

The Beacons will also renew their rivalry with neighboring Curry College. The November 2 meeting will mark the first time the two teams have played since December 13, 1991.

UMass Boston will wrap up their non-conference schedule with two familiar foes, as the Beacons will open the season at home against UMass Dartmouth (November 2) and then travel to Boston University's Walter Brown Arena on January 14 for a showdown against Wentworth Institute of Technology.

After opening the season against UMass Dartmouth (Nov. 2) and traveling to Curry on November 3, the Beacons will open ECAC East play the next weekend at New England and Saint Anselm College on November 7 and 8.

The Beacons will get their first taste of conference play in front of their home fans the following weekend, as UMass Boston will host Castleton State on Friday November 22 and Skidmore College on November 23.

After a brief Thanksgiving break, UMass Boston will face perhaps their toughest weekend of the fall semester, when they travel to Middletown and Harford, Connecticut to take on Wesleyan University and #10/11 Trinity College on November 29 and 30.

The highlights of the second semester will include UMass Boston's home-and-away weekend against #6/7 Babson College (January 24-25) and the Beacons' two dates with perennial power #6/8 Norwich University (January 9, February 14). UMass Boston's second contest against the Cadets will also serve as their Senior Day, as the Beacons will honor their seniors before they take the ice Saturday February 14 at 4 p.m. 

Belisle, the winningest head coach in program history, will look to set a new program record with the team's fifth-consecutive winning season. UMass Boston posted four consecutive winning seasons in their first four years as a program under Joe Mallen, but no group had tied that mark over the past 30 seasons until last year.