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Syracuse Women's Ice Hockey: 2016-2017 schedule released

After finishing runner-up in the CHA, Syracuse women's ice hockey released their schedule for the upcoming season.

Syracuse Athletics (2015)

Syracuse Orange women's ice hockey has released their schedule for the 2016-2017 season.

Last year the team went 19-14-3 and lost in the CHA conference finals for the second consecutive year. The Orange have lost a lot of talent due to graduation, most notably Melissa Piacentini. But this team has been so close to reaching their first-ever birth in the NCAA and are on the verge of climbing to the next level.

To get over the hump, head coach Paul Flanagan has scheduled two exhibition games against the Minnesota Whitecaps, a professional women's hockey team. The Whitecaps are currently independent, but play exhibition games against teams in the National Women's Hockey League.

This is a huge step up for Syracuse and is something they haven't really done before. Getting exhibition games against a pro team could be exactly what they need to propel themselves to the next level.

Besides that the schedule remains nearly the same as last year in terms of opponents because of the amount of CHA games played. Here is the schedule for the season:

Team Date Location
University of Montreal (Exhibition) Sept. 24, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Bemidji State University Sept. 30, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Bemidji State University Oct. 1, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Northeastern Oct. 14, 2016 Boston, MA
Northeastern Oct. 15, 2016 Boston, MA
Colgate Oct. 21, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Colgate Oct. 22, 2016 Hamilton, NY
Lindenwood Oct. 28, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Lindenwood Oct. 29, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Robert Morris Nov. 4, 2016 Moon Township, PA
Robert Morris Nov. 5, 2016 Moon Township, PA
Mercyhurst Nov. 11, 2016 Erie, PA
Mercyhurst Nov. 12, 2016 Erie, PA
Minnesota Whitecaps (Exhibition) Nov. 19, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Minnesota Whitecaps (Exhibition) Nov. 20, 2016 Syracuse, NY
North Dakota Nov. 25, 2016 Grand Forks, ND
North Dakota Nov. 26, 2016 Grand Forks, ND
RIT Dec. 2, 2016 Syracuse, NY
RIT Dec. 3, 2016 Rochester, NY
Clarkson Dec. 9, 2016 Syracuse, NY
Clarkson Dec. 10, 2016 Potsdam, NY
Boston College Jan. 4, 2017 Chestnut Hill, MA
Cornell Jan. 10, 2017 Ithaca, NY
Penn State Jan. 13, 2017 Syracuse, NY
Penn State Jan. 14, 2017 Syracuse, NY
Lindenwood Jan, 20, 2017 St. Charles, MO
Lindenwood Jan. 21, 2017 St. Charles, MO
Robert Morris Jan. 27, 2017 Syracuse, NY
Robert Morris Jan. 28, 2017 Syracuse, NY
Mercyhurst Feb. 10, 2017 Syracuse, NY
Mercyhurst Feb. 11, 2017 Syracuse, NY
RIT Feb. 17, 2017 Rochester, NY
RIT Feb. 18, 2017 Syracuse NY
Penn State Feb. 24, 2017 University Park, PA
Penn State Feb. 25, 2017 University Park, PA