Michigan Hockey Schedule: MGoBlue
Highlights of the schedule:
Michigan will host 7 non-conference tilts at Yost including games against HEA heavyweights BC, BU(without the retired Jack Parker) and 2013 Frozen Four semi-finalist UMass-Lowell. The WCHA’s Michigan Tech will appear for a 2 game weekend series. The Atlantic conference foe Niagara makes another appearance as does Ferris State, a new member of the revamped WCHA.
The Wolverines will travel to HEA’s UNH for a weekend tilt as well as to NCHC and former CCHA member UNO for a pair of games.(Notice I did not say, ‘rival’.) Michigan will venture up to Rochester, NY for the first time and battle Atlantic conference’s RIT in a single game, after splitting last season’s inaugural series in A2.
The GLI will be held outdoors this season and will pair the Wolverines and longtime CCHA sparring partner and new NCHC member WMU in the first semi-final. Michigan will face either MSU or Michigan Tech in either the consolation game or the final. The only conference Michigan will not face in non-conference action will be the ECAC, which featured two teams in the national championship game last season (Yale beat Quinnipiac).
Michigan will open up B1G Ten play against Ohio State in a home and home series just after Thanksgiving. The two teams will square up again in the same manner in late February/early March, 2014.
The Wolverines will open up the second half of the season on the road at Wisconsin
(2) and, after a bye, MSU for a single meeting in EL before meeting the Spartans in Detroit on 1/25.
Michigan will only play one home game in January, which is also against the Badgers (1/31-2/1).
The Maize and Blue will travel to Penn State for the first ever meeting in February, followed by a road trip to Minnesota. Eight of the first twelve B1G Ten games are on the road, with another at JLA, which is a sacrificed Michigan home date.
Penn State comes into Yost for the first time at the third weekend of February. Michigan concludes its conference schedule with a home and home with MSU- meaning the two rivals will only meet once at Yost- during Break and the home finales against Minnesota.
The B1G Ten tournament is being rotated between the Target Center in St. Paul and the JLA in Detroit. The three day tournament is March 20-22 this upcoming season and will be a single elimination tourney featuring all six teams.
The NCAA tourney will follow with regional action culminating in the Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Thursday 4/10 and Saturday 4/12.
This is probably one of the more challenging and aggressive schedules for Michigan in some time and should quiet critics that suggest that Michigan does not schedule away series.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — YostMeister
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