SLU to play 16 Games at Remodeled Appleton Arena
Updated: Jul 4, 2019
CANTON - The St. Lawrence University men's hockey team is set to play 16 regular season home games in the newly renovated Appleton Arena during the 2019-20 season, while the schedule also includes the program's first trips to Mercyhurst, Holy Cross and Bentley and a return to Dartmouth's Ledyard Classic after Christmas. This season's non-conference schedule also brings Providence, Vermont and Maine back to Canton – all in the first half of the season – and adds a non-conference home-and-home series with Clarkson in the beginning of November. St. Lawrence opens the regular season with a pair of non-conference games against the Lakers on October 11-12 in Erie, Pennsylvania, before returning to Canton to take on the Friars and Catamounts on October 18-19 for the first home contests of the year. Due to scheduling issues, the Saints will not open the season with a home exhibition game, as has been tradition in the past. Trips to Holy Cross and Bentley on October 25-26 round out the first month of the season, as the Saints will face the former teams of both Tommy Hill and Ben Murphy, who were recently named assistant coaches, in the same weekend. The ECAC Hockey schedule begins on the road at RPI and Union on November 2-3, and the Saints will host Colgate and Cornell on November 15-16. In addition to hosting Cornell on November 16, the Saints, along with the Laurentian and surrounding communities, will officially celebrate the dedication of the renovated Appleton Arena and this year's Legends of Appleton inductees. After Thanksgiving, the Saints will host Maine for a weekend series on November 29-30 in their final home games of the first half. They close the first semester with a conference matchup at Clarkson on December 7. St. Lawrence will meet UConn again a tournament setting at the Ledyard Classic in Hanover, New Hampshire, on December 28 to open the second half of the season, after having just played the Huskies for the first time at last season's Ice Vegas Invitational. Colorado College rounds out the Saints' non-conference schedule in the second game of the Classic on December 29. The Saints have nine home games after the New Year, including four straight against Union and RPI (Jan. 3-4) and Quinnipiac and Princeton (Jan. 10-11). After a rare off weekend late in January, Brown and Yale come to Canton on January 31 and February 1, before the fourth meeting of the Route 11 Rivals on February 8 against Clarkson at Appleton. The final regular season home games are set for February 21-22 against Dartmouth and Harvard, respectively, while St. Lawrence will finish the regular season on the road at Cornell and Colgate on February 28 and 29. Schedule Notes:
The game at Bentley on October 26 is the first meeting between the teams in program history.After a one-year hiatus, Vermont returns to the schedule this season after having played the Saints in each of the previous 18 seasons prior to 2018-19.Of the 19 opponents the Saints will face in 2019-20, five finished ranked in the USCHO.com final top-20 poll last season with three others receiving votes.The last time the Saints played a leap year game was in 2008, as they beat Quinnipiac 4-1 at home in Appleton Arena.The last time the Saints played in the Ledyard Classic (2011) they officially tied with Dartmouth 2-2, but won the tournament in shootout. George Hughes '13 and Greg Carey '14 were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Kyle Flanagan '13 was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.The game against Colorado College in this season's Ledyard Classic will be the first between the two teams since 2003-04. Three of the previous five meetings with the Tigers have come in the NCAA Tournament. St. Lawrence is winless against CC entering this matchup.