The UTEP Miners Hockey Club announced today its 32 game regular season schedule for the 2016-17 campaign.
It was announced earlier this summer that the Miners will now compete as part of the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC). Conference play will begin on Friday, September 30th, when the Miners open the season on the road against Texas Christian University (TCU) on September 23rd for a two game series in Fort Worth.
Before wrapping up the first road trip the Miners will stop in Dallas for game one in the two game series against North Texas. Game two will be played the following Sunday (October 2, 2016) in Dallas, TX.
UTEP will then head east for a two game series against the Texas A&M Aggies (Sept. 30-1). The Aggies will travel to El Paso (Jan. 8-9).
After being on the road for two weeks, the Miners will host Grand Canyon University for a two game series in the season opener on Friday, October 14th.
The 2016-17 season campaign adds several new teams to the Miners schedule including, North Texas, University of Texas, Grand Canyon University, and Northern Arizona University. Along with the newest additions the Miners will welcome back to the El Paso County Events Center Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, and the University of New Mexico.
“I’m very excited about our schedule. We are able to start our conference games against UT. I’m excited to see the support from the fans, UTEP and El Paso. I know the players are excited to get back on the ice and play in front of our fans,” said Coach Herman.
Up next, the Miners will host Northern Arizona University (Oct. 21-22). This will be the Ice Jacks first trip to the Sun City and the first meeting between both teams. The Ice Jacks will host the Miners (Jan. 26-28) in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Miners will open their home conference schedule on Friday, November 11, when they host the University of Texas Longhorns for a two game series. The following weekend, UTEP will head to Austin to complete the home and away series with the Longhorns (Nov 18-19).
Heading back to El Paso the Miners will host Dallas Baptist (Dec. 2-3) to wrap up the fall semester. This will be the Patriots first trip to the El Paso County Events Center and the second meeting between both teams.
UTEP returns to Albuquerque this season for a two game series against the University of New Mexico Lobos (November 4-5). The Lobos will help the Miners close out the regular season schedule (Feb. 3-4) at the El Paso County Events Center.
To kick off the spring semester, the Miners will face Texas A&M (Jan. 8-9) and Texas Tech (Jan.14-15). Leading up to the final four game road trip of the season, the Miners will host Texas State (Jan. 21-22), following their earlier meeting in San Antonio on (Oct. 29-30).
TCHC announced Tuesday, June 14, UTEP will host the first ever Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs on February 9-11.
“It’s exciting for the club to be in its second season. I know the players have been working hard and I know the fans will see their hard work on the ice. And for the club to have the honor to host the first TCHC playoffs, I know the fans will rally around their miners,” comments Coach Herman.
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