FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University head men's hockey coach CJ Marottolo announced the Pioneers 35-game 2019-20 slate. The upcoming season is highlighted by a October 5 home game versus UConn and the two-day CT Ice tournament, presented by SNY, both at the Pioneers home rink, Webster Bank Arena.
"We all are excited for the season. Our team found success last year but we fell short in our playoffs and there is no question that has given our returners great motivation to continue to build and breakthrough to a new level." Head Coach CJ Marottolo on the upcoming season.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 SHU hockey season are now on sale. The package includes 18 home games, the four-games of the CT Ice Tournament and complimentary admission to the home exhibition game, for $170. As in past years, season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase discounted parking passes for home games at WBA. That price is $75.00 and it does NOT include parking for CT Ice. If you are looking to purchase season tickets, please call the SHU Box Office at 203-396-8499 or email email@example.com. Single game tickets will go on sale on September 16. For group rate information, contact the SHU Box Office.
The team opens with its annual game against UCONN on Saturday, October 5. The Pioneers will play a single exhibition game before traveling to play powerhouse Penn State University on Friday Oct. 11 as SHU faces off against the Nittany Lions for the fifth time in program history.
"We have a very challening non-league schedule, with UConn, Penn State and Boston University, as well as the highly anticipated CT Ice event, with Yale, UConn and Quinnipiac. All of these games will help us prepare for our league slate, which will be as competitive as ever this winter," said Marottolo
Conference play opens early this season, with a home game against 2019 Atlantic Hockey Champion American International on Friday, October 18 for a 7:05 p.m. puck-drop. Conference play will continue with a two-game road trip at Niagara on October 25 and 26 followed by a two-game homestand against Air Force on Friday November 1 and 2.
The Pioneers will then have a six-game conference slate featuring Holy Cross for a home-at-home matchup on November 7 and 8 followed by a road trip at RIT on November 15 and 16. The Pioneers will have another home-at-home matchup with Holy Cross on November 21 and 22 to wrap up the six-game slate.
SHU will then hit a non-conference matchup at Boston University on Tuesday, November 26. The Pioneers will kick off the month of December on Tuesday, Dec. 3 as SHU travels to face AIC for a 7:05 p.m. puck-drop. On Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, the Pioneers will play conference opponent Robert Morris at Ingalls Rink at Yale University in New Haven for the December 8 matchup.
Following the Robert Morris set, the Pioneers will conclude 2019 with a weekend series at home against Bentley December 28-29. The Pioneers will then kick off the New Year on the road at Mercyhurst beginning Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:05 p.m. followed by a second 7:05 p.m. puck-drop the following day.
On Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26, SHU will be a part of the CT ICE Tournament, hosted by SNY, that is the only tournament featuring all four of Connecticut's Division I Hockey teams. The time, as well as bracket, is currently to be announced.
Following this tournament, the Pioneers will have multiple two-game series at Air Force (1/31-2/1), followed by a single away match at AIC (2/11) then return home versus Niagara (2/15-2/16) both 1:05 p.m. puck-drops and away then at Army West Point (2/22-2/23). The regular season will end with a one game set at home against American International on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:05 p.m.
All home games will be played at Webster Bank Arena, unless otherwise noted.
2019-20 Men's Hockey Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Saturday, Oct 5 UCONN 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 6 Simon Fraser (Exhibiton) 3:05 p.m.
Friday, Oct 11 @ Penn State TBA
Saturday, Oct 12 @ Penn State TBA
Friday, Oct 18 *AIC 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Oct 25 @ *Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 26 @ *Niagara 4:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov 1 *Air Force 6:06 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 2 *Air Force 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 7 *Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov 8 @ *Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov 15 @ *RIT 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 16 @ *RIT 5:05 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 21 *Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov 22 @ *Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov 26 @ Boston University 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec 3 @ *AIC 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 7 *RMU 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 8 *RMU at Yale 4:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 28 *Bentley 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 29 *Bentley 1:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan 10 @ *Mercyhurst 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 11 @ *Mercyhurst 5:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan 17 *Canisius 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 18 *Canisius 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 25 CT Ice @ Webster Bank Arena TBA
Sunday, Jan 26 CT Ice @ Webster Bank Arena TBA
Friday, Jan 31 @ *Air Force 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 1 @ *Air Force 5:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb 11 @ *AIC 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 15 *Niagara 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 16 *Niagara 1:05 p.m.
Friday, Feb 21 @ *Army West Point 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 22 @ *Army West Point 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, Feb 26 *AIC 7:05 p.m.
*- Atlantic Hockey game Home games are in bold