CANTON — St. Lawrence University’s men’s hockey team will approach the 2019-20 season with a new head coach in a renovated arena but face a familiar foe four times in the regular season.
St. Lawrence has released its hockey schedule, which will begin with the Saints’ first road games against Mercyhurst University on Oct. 11-12 in Erie, Pa. The Saints, led by recently hired head coach Brent Brekke, also will play nonconference games at Holy Cross and Bentley and participate in the Ledyard Classic in Hanover, N.H., over Christmas break, facing Connecticut and Colorado College.
At home, St. Lawrence will host Providence College (Oct. 18) and Vermont (Oct. 19). It will welcome the University of Maine to refurbished Appleton Arena on Nov. 29 and 30.
St. Lawrence will play rival Clarkson four times during the season, starting with a nonconference home-and-home series Nov. 1 and 2 with the first game at Appleton and the second game at Cheel Arena. St. Lawrence plays Clarkson in ECAC Hockey games Dec. 7 at Potsdam and Feb. 8 at Canton.
All of the Saints’ nonconference games take place the first half of the season. SLU begins ECAC Hockey play with games at Renssalaer and Union on Nov. 8 and 9, respectively. St. Lawrence will host Colgate and Cornell the following weekend and will officially dedicate the renovated Appleton Arena during its game against Cornell on Nov. 16.
The Saints will play nine home games after New Year’s, including four straight between Jan 3 and 10.
The SLU schedule features a rare weekend off Jan. 24-25. Also, St. Lawrence will not start the season with a traditional home exhibition game due to scheduling issues, according to the school.
The final regular-season games are at Cornell and Colgate on Feb. 28 and 29.
St. Lawrence is coming off of back-to-back 20-loss seasons, going 6-29-2 last season, leading to the dismissal of head coach Mark Morris after three seasons. Brekke, a former Clarkson assistant, was announced as head coach May 25.
n NOTES: St. Lawrence’s Oct. 26 game against Bentley University is the first between the teams. St. Lawrence will play Holy Cross and Bentley on back-to-back days. Those schools supplied St. Lawrence’s new assistant coaches, Tommy Hill (Holy Cross) and Ben Murphy (Bentley). ... St. Lawrence last played in Dartmouth College’s Ledyard Classic in 2011, winning the tournament in a shootout. Canton’s Kyle Flanagan was named the MVP.