September 27, 2013

Full schedule announced for Frozen Fenway 2014

By Joshua Kummins

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox finalized plans for this winter's Frozen Fenway events at the ballpark on Thursday afternoon, and the Bentley University Falcons will be the first host squad to take to the ice in the third installment of the winter carnival on Yawkey Way.

Bentley will be taking on in-state Atlantic Hockey Association rival Holy Cross on Dec. 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

“We are excited to be granted the opportunity to be part of Frozen Fenway this year,” Bentley head coach Ryan Soderquist said in a statement. “It will be a tremendous experience for our team, school and alumni to be part of the rich tradition of Fenway Park.” 

The contest between the Falcons and Crusaders marks the first meeting of the season between the clubs, which are separated by less than 40 miles.

The 17-day event, which runs through Jan. 13, will include two free Community Skate Days for Boston residents (sponsored by Mayor Tom Menino), seven high school games, and nine college games.

A new addition to the park's winter set-up this year will be a sledding and tubing ramp in center field, which will be open during the Community Skate Days scheduled for Dec. 29, 2013 and New Year's Day 2014.

Once again, a pair of Hockey East doubleheaders mark the centerpiece of the event and will take place on the first two Saturdays in January. The first Saturday, Jan. 4, features first-timers Merrimack and Providence (in a non-conference game), with a nightcap of Notre Dame vs. Boston College – the first Hockey East meeting of the longtime rivals. On Jan. 11, 2014, Hockey East closes out the event with a day game between UMass-Lowell and Northeastern, followed by Maine vs. Boston University.

Also among the highlights, Babson College and Norwich University will bring the ECAC East back to Yawkey Way for the second time in as many installments. The perennial powerhouse Cadets topped the Beavers in front of over 8,000 fans on Jan. 13, 2012, in advance of a Division I contest between Harvard University and Union College.

This time around, the Harvard women happily traded a home date for a Fenway outing with crosstown rival Northeastern. The Huskies were part of the first women's outdoor game in history during the first Frozen Fenway following the NHL's 2010 Winter Classic.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this year's Frozen Fenway,” said Maura Crowell, who’s standing in as the Crimson’s head coach while Katey Stone is on leave for the season with the U.S. Olympic Team. “Harvard Athletics and Fenway Park have a connection dating back to 1912 when our baseball team played the Sox in the first game ever at Fenway. We feel lucky to have the opportunity to carry on this tradition and play the game we love at such a historic place.”

Hockey East tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at Tickets for the remaining high school and college games will be available starting in November. 

Here is a look at the current schedule of games and events at Fenway this winter:

December 28: Atlantic Hockey

6:30 p.m. - Holy Cross vs. Bentley

December 29: Mayor Menino’s Community Skate Day

This free, day-long public skating day will be open to City of Boston residents, courtesy of Mayor Menino and Citi. Information on tickets will be available through the Mayor’s office in the coming weeks.

December 31: Public and Private Boys and Girls High Schools

10:15 a.m. - Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Boston Latin (boys)

12:15 p.m. - Hingham vs. Duxbury (girls)

2:30 p.m. - St. John’s Prep vs. Malden Catholic (boys)

January 1: Mayor Menino’s  New Year’s Day Community Skate

A free, community skating day for City of Boston residents on New Year’s Day. Information on tickets will be available through the Mayor’s office in the coming weeks.

January 2: Division I Women’s

3:30 p.m. - Northeastern vs. Harvard

January 4: Hockey East

4:00 p.m. - Merrimack vs. Providence

7:30 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. Boston College   

January 7: Division III Men's

4:00 p.m. - UMass Boston vs. Salem State

7:30 p.m. - TBA

January 8: Independent School League

1:30 p.m. - St. Paul’s School vs. The Governor’s Academy (girls)

3:15 p.m. - Brooks School vs. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (boys)

5:30 p.m. - Groton School vs. St Mark’s School (boys)

7:45 p.m. - Belmont Hill School vs. St Sebastian’s School (boys)

January 9: Division III Men’s (ECAC East)

7:30 p.m. - Norwich vs. Babson

January 11: Hockey East

3:00 p.m. - UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern

6:30 p.m. - Maine vs. Boston University

Twitter: @JoshuaKummins