||The RedHawks play just one home game between
Nov. 25 and Jan. 14, a Dec. 10 tilt with Ohio State that
breaks up a trip to the Denver Cup, two games at Northern
Michigan, one at Ohio State, and trips to Michigan State
and Lake Superior to start the second half.
||In a giant step forward for a program already
cemented as a national power, the Fighting Irish will
open the newly-constructed Compton Family Ice Arena on
Oct. 21 against Rensselaer.
||A six-game stretch from Nov. 12 to Dec.
2 will teach us plenty about the Tigers’ WCHA and
NCAA title aspirations: a game at Denver, Wisconsin at
home twice, two at NoDak, then a home game with Denver.
||We'll be keeping an eye on Yale's home game
Nov. 26 against Boston College. The Bulldogs don't play
more than two games in a row away from Ingalls Rink.
||Magness Arena is a nice rink, which is perhaps
why the Pioneers will spend the entire month of November
there, hosting two-gamers with UMD and UNO, plus single
games with CC, Miami and Princeton.
||For the second year in a row, Union will
play against local rival Rensselaer in a neutral-site
game in Lake Placid. Last year's contest ended in a 3-3
tie. A Dec. 30-31 trip to Colorado has Union lining up
against Denver and CC.
||The Terriers will play against longtime
rival Cornell at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 26, the
third time in the last five years the two sides have met
at the home of the New York Rangers.
||Is it wrong that we miss the Cold War sometimes?
Those days when North Dakota was the nuclear missile capital
of the nation. We’ll think of that era on Dec. 17
when the Russian Red Stars visit Grand Forks.
||After a tough early portion of the conference
schedule that sees Michigan face Miami and Western Michigan,
the Wolverines will be tested by Boston College in the
opening round of the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec.
||December could be a time of holiday cheer
for the Gophers, with winnable home series versus Minnesota
State and Michigan Tech, then a tourney visit from Niagara,
Northeastern and Princeton.
||The Eagles will play in the dedication game
for Notre Dame's new Compton Family Center on Nov. 18,
and return to the midwest for the Great Lakes Invitational
six weeks later.
||From before Thanksgiving to after MLK Day,
the Bulldogs will be on the road, with consecutive trips
to Michigan Tech, Wisconsin, Western Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha.
||Western Michigan gets a great early-season
test with a four-game road trip that takes them to Fairbanks
for two conference games Oct. 14 and 15 and then to Schenectady
to visit Union the following weekend.
||UNH will play rivalry games on back-to-back
Saturdays at neutral sites, first taking on Maine on Jan.
7 at Fenway Park, and facing in-state rival Dartmouth
a week later in Manchester.
||Dartmouth won't play a single road game
until Nov. 18 at St. Lawrence, and will play away from
Thompson Arena just three times before Jan. 1.
||The Warriors have a three-week stretch in
mid-November that features just one contest against Alabama-Huntsville
on Nov. 23.
||RIT will play gainst CCHA members Ferris
State and Lake Superior State at an obvious location --
Burlington, Vt. during Vermont's Catamount Cup.
||Beginning in mid-January, Maine will alternate
home and road weekends every weekend through the end of
the regular season, including playing host to a visit
from Alabama-Huntsville during the last weekend of January.
||Coming out of the holiday break, the Nanooks
play their only back-to-back road series all-season long.
Those four games, two each at Northern Michigan and Ferris
State after the month-long holiday layoff, could be a
key factor in setting the second half tone for Alaska.
||The Falcons regularly compete with RIT for
conference honors in Atlantic Hockey. This year, Air Force
hosts the Tigers for two games Feb. 3-4.
||Might we see college hockey at Tennessee
or Vandebilt someday? Ticket sales for the Mavs’
two-game series with Alabama-Huntsville in Nashville on
Dec. 2-3 will be a measuring stick.
||A seven-game road trip during the middle
of the season includes games at Dartmouth, North Dakota
(2) and Union - all teams ranked in the top-15 of this
||The Big Red have quite a trip planned for
the turn of the year. They'll play in the Florida College
Classic and then head straight out to Colorado Springs
for two games against Colorado College.
||October is apparently “Wildcat Month”
for the Huskies, who travel to Northern Michigan for two,
then host New Hampshire in their home openers on Oct.
21-22. Sadly, they don’t play Arizona or Northwestern.
||Heavyweight opponents Notre Dame, Colorado
College, Yale and Union will line up against the Engineers
early in the season, providing a big-time proving ground
||Non-conference weekends are best when there’s
history attached. So we love the 2010 Frozen Four rematch
on Jan. 6-7 when RIT visits the home of the Badgers.
||The Bulldogs appear to have a more explosive
offense than they typically do, and it’ll be put
to the test early in CCHA play when they open their conference
slate with two homes games against Miami and a road trip
||Seawolves play nine of their last 12 regular
season games at home (and only two outside of Alaska),
forcing opponents to travel long distances in crunch time.
||The Buckeyes take center stage at two major
venues this season, first on Dec. 30 when they face Robert
Morris at the Consol Center in Pittsburgh, site of the
2013 Frozen Four, and then a few weeks later when they
face Michigan at Progressive Field – home of the
||After opening the second half at home against
Alaska, the Wildcats play five straight road games when
they travel to Michigan State for two games, a game at
Michigan Tech and a series at Miami.
||You can set your watch to this. Holy Cross
won't leave the Eastern time zone at all this season,
as Air Force visits Worcester Jan. 6-7 and the Crusaders
don't have to make the return trip to Colorado Springs.
||Rise and shine, campers. Quinnipiac's Dec.
11 game against Princeton is a noon start on a Sunday.
||UMass will play five of the first seven
games away from home, but make up for that with two three-game
home stands and a stretch of four straight games at home
later in the season.
||Princeton will play in both the Denver Cup
and Mariucci Classic this year, including games against
Denver and Providence on Nov. 25-26.
||Vermont is the last Hockey East team to
start its regular season, kicking off games for real with
a two-game set at Minnesota on Oct. 21 and 23.
||While the College Hockey Showcase is now
a thing of the past, the Spartans welcome Minnesota to
Munn Ice Arena for two contests Thanksgiving weekend in
a preview of a future Big Ten conference rivalry.
||Northeastern will add on the miles early
in the year, playing just three home games in the months
of November and December combined.
||Connecticut hosts Amry, UMass Lowell and
RPI in this year's UConn Hockey Classic, Dec. 29 and 30.
||Get used to hotel beds early in the season,
Beavers. Four of their first five weekends are spent on
the road, with trips to Miami, Colorado College, Minnesota
Duluth and Lake Superior State.
||It's a challenging start to the year for
the Purps, with games against Michigan, RIT, Air Force
and Union to begin the campaign, with only the Oct. 21
game against Union at home.
||The Raiders host Miami Oct. 14-15 at Starr
Rink in a marquee series. There's a lot of balance in
the schedule, as Colgate won't have a homestand or roadtrip
longer than four games in a row.
||New Huskies coach Mel Pearson spent two
decades at Michigan, so it’s not surprising that
he’s got the Dec. 29 meeting with Michigan State
at Joe Louis Arena circled.
||The Mavericks get a weekend off in late
February, which will be a chance to rest, heal and gear
up for a regular season-ending journey to North Dakota.
||We'll guess that Saints' opponents much
prefer the short drive to and from their travel partner,
Clarkson, than St. Lawrence will deal with Oct. 13 and
15 when they play at Michigan, then stop on the way home
for a game against RIT.
||The Colonials host Ohio State Dec. 30 at
Consol Energy Center, the site of the 2013 Frozen Four.
||After opening December with a home-and-home
against Yale, Brown has most of the month off, then faces
New Hampshire and Providence on New Year's Day weekend.
||Lake Superior breaks up its holiday layoff
with a trip to the Catamount Cup in Vermont, where they’ll
face Vermont and RIT in two challenging non-conference
||Army's cross-border rivalry game with Royal
Military College of Canada will take place at Tate Rink
on Feb. 4.
||The schedule sets up well for a late-season
run for the River Hawks, who will play eight of their
last 11 games at home.
||Mercyhurst plays just 13 games at home this
year, and just three of its last 14 games at Mercyhurst
||The Friars will have plenty of time to get
adjusted to Nate Leaman's system at home; Providence will
play nine of its first 11 games at Schneider Rink this
||Clarkson plays non-conference games against
member schools from all four other conferences, including
a Jan. 7 game against North Dakota in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
||Between Jan. 20 and Feb. 4, Bowling Green
plays five road games in six total contests, including
two at Alaska, a home-and-home with Western Michigan and
two at Notre Dame. If the Falcons can scrape two or more
wins out of this stretch it will go a long way towards
convincing the nation that times are changing in northern
||Canisius plays 10 of its last 14 games at
home, all against Atlantic Hockey opposition.
||The Falcons play just one non-league game
in their last 27 regular-season, and it's a tough one
-- at Yale on New Year's Day.
||Sacred Heart plays road games against Quinnipiac
and Dartmouth in early-December and then closes the season
with 16 straight Atlantic Hockey contests.
||The Chargers have a six-game home stand
that includes visits from Bowling Green, Air Force and
Ohio State early in the year, and then play just one weekend
series at its Von Braun Center the rest of the way.
||AIC swept a home-and-home with Sacred Heart
in late-January last season. They'll have the chance to
do that again, as they host Sacred Heart Jan. 27 and visit
the Pioneers Jan. 28.