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University of Providence hockey looks forward to season opener

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 22:22:51-05

GREAT FALLS — More University of Providence teams get back to action this week as the Argo hockey team hits the ice Friday at 7 p.m. to the start the third season in program history.

Currently, the Argos have 10 regular-season games scheduled. Six of those are against the University of Mary, including Friday’s opener and another game on Saturday. The other four are against Williston State College.

The Argos won the West Division Championship last season over Mary in an overtime thriller, but the COVID-19 crisis canceled their appearance as a No. 2 seed in the ACHA National Championships.

"The boys are excited. We couldn’t get here soon enough," sophomore forward Cooper Page said at UP's weekly press conference. "And now that it's game time Friday, I think we're ready to go. We’ve got a really good team this year, and Mary is going to be looking for some revenge from conference last year. Should be a good weekend."

Head coach Jeff Heimel said the team has weathered the 10-month break well, and expects to be competitive right out of the gates.

"Our leadership has been exceptional. And the cool thing is we built all these concepts last year," Heimel said. "And to see us do a drill that we did for the first time this year that we did many times last year and maybe see guys jump right into it like nothing ever changed, or we haven't been gone, that's exciting."