NEW YORK, N.Y.– SNY announced today the collegiate matchups for the inaugural Connecticut Ice Festival, a first-of-its-kind weekend hockey festival, celebrating youth, amateur and collegiate hockey in the state of Connecticut. Anchoring the weekend will be the first-ever tournament of Connecticut's four NCAA Division I Men's Collegiate hockey teams -Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, University of Connecticut and Yale University. They will square off in a two-round, four game tournament on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.
"We are excited to be a part of this great event. The state has a great appatite for hockey. We are very excited about our matchup against Yale. The game will be fast paced and we can't wait to face them at 7:30 p.m. on the 25th." Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey Coach CJ Marottolo on SNY's announcement of the matchups.
Quinnipiac and UConn will open the tournament at 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 25 followed by Sacred Heart vs. Yale at 7:30 PM. All four games of the tournament will air live on SNY, as well as comprehensive pre and post-game shows and in-between period coverage.
"It's an interesting matchup. Keith (Yale's head coach) and I are great friends. We go back and forth in games that we face each other. I learned a lot from him and he especially taught me that hockey is a player's game. It'll be a great night of hockey to come see." Marottolo on the close ties to Yale and the importance of the opening round matchup.
Last season the Pioneers put up a strong game against Yale as they fell to the Bulldogs 3-1 on January 12, 2019. Junior Jordan Kaplan scored the Pioneers lone and opening goal of the game off an assist by junior Marc Johnstone at 15:23 in the first period. Sophomore goalie Josh Benson put up an impressive performance as well tallying 31 saves on 33 shots faced in the game. In the team's history against the Bulldogs, Yale currently leads the series 5-1-0.
CONNECTICUT ICE COLLEGIATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
Saturday, January 25, 2020
4:00 – QUINNIPIAC vs. UCONN
7:30 – SHU vs. YALE
Sunday, January 26, 2020
3:30 – COLLEGE TOURNAMENT CONSOLATION – TBD v. TBD
7:00 – COLLEGE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD v. TBD
In addition to the Collegiate hockey tournament, the festival will include a Mites Cross-Ice Jamboree for 6-8-year old's, Youth Tournaments of which the Championship games in three divisions (Boys 12U and 10U and Girls 12U) will take place on the Webster Bank Arena ice, a Girls and Boys High School Showcase Game and a Prep School Showcase Games. The festival will also include on-ice clinics and off-ice seminars for youth players and their families in conjunction with USA Hockey. The complete festival schedule is availablewww.SNY.tv/CTice.
SNY will produce exclusive content about all elements of the festival that will be featured on SNY, SNY.TV and SNY's social media pages.
For more information on Connecticut Ice please go to: www.SNY.tv/CTice