August 9, 2007

Grillo Announces 2007-2008 Men's Ice Hockey Schedule

Aug. 9, 2007

PROVIDENCE, RI - Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Roger Grillo has announced the Bears' schedule for the upcoming season, which has Brown on the road for the majority of the year as the Bears will host 11 ECAC Hockey contests and just one non-league game against Merrimack.

The Bears open their quest for an ECAC Hockey title on October 26th when they travel down I95 for the first-ever early-season tournament between Yale, Princeton, Brown, and a different Canadian team each year. This year's tournament is hosted by Yale and has Brown playing in an exhibition contest against McGill on Friday, October 26th at 4:00 before the Bears meet the Bulldogs in a 7:30 p.m. non-league game on Saturday at 7:30.

Following the tournament, the Bears jump right into their ECAC Hockey schedule with six straight league games. Trips to the New York Capital District for games at Union (11/2) and RPI (11/3) and to the North Country for games at St. Lawrence (11/16) and Clarkson (11/17) are sandwiched around Brown's only home weekend of the first semester when they battle Colgate and Cornell November 9th and 10th.

After the trip to the North Country, the Bears will play three straight games against Hockey East opponents starting with back-to-back weekends with a single game at UNH on November 24th and at Northeastern on November 30th. Bruno has a quick turnaround before meeting its third straight Hockey East foe as it will look to retain the Mayor's Cup on Tuesday, December 4th in the 22nd Annual battle for City bragging rights at Providence College's Schneider Arena. Brown closes out the first half of its schedule on December 8th when it plays the first part of a home-and-home with travel partner Yale in a 4:00 game in New Haven.

Bruno opens the second half of the schedule with a return trip to the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic, which Brown won in 2004 after defeating Merrimack and Holy Cross. This year's tournament pits the Bears against Ferris State in the opening game and then either Army or host UConn in day two action.

With the difficulties of having 12 of their first 14 games on the road behind them, the Bears return home at the beginning of January, where they will play 10 of their final 16 games, starting with the tail end of the home-and-home with Yale on January 5th. Two more league games against Quinnipiac and Princeton on January 11th and 12th, and then a single game against Merrimack on the 19th round out Brown's longest home-stand of the season at four games as Bruno will alternate home and away ECAC Hockey weekends for the remainder of the season, concluding with RPI and Union at home on February 29th and March 1st.