Thursday, May 15, 2014

UConn will play five games in Bridgeport this season

UConn, beginning its inaugural season in Hockey East, will play a total of five games in Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena this winter. In addition to the Frozen Hockey Classic on Dec. 27-28, the Huskies take on Quinnipiac there in October, Colorado College on Tuesday, Jan. 6 and Notre Dame in a Hockey East game on the afternoon of Jan. 18, a Sunday.

"We're very excited about playing games in Bridgeport," UConn coach Mike Cavanaugh said, adding he's interested in continuing to bring a handful of games downstate. The Huskies will use Hartford's XL Center for their other home games.

Cavanaugh, like Sacred Heart coach C.J. Marottolo, is still holding out hope for an all-Connecticut tournament with Quinnipiac and Yale somewhere down the road. Both coaches would also like to continue the Frozen Classic in Bridgeport in 2015. Quinnipiac withdrew from the event about a week after the April 14 press conference announcing its inception. UMass Lowell joins UConn, Sacred Heart and defending national champion Union in the field. It's unclear whether Webster Bank Arena president Howard Saffan will continue the event beyond this season. He did not return a phone message Thursday.

"If Howard Saffan wants to do it again in 2015, UConn will be there," Cavanaugh said. "He has my commitment."


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