Michigan Hockey: Starts Anew; Big Ten Inaugural Season Commences — Preview — Part V
Other Non-Conference match-ups:
10/12 @ RIT. Michigan looks to avenge their home opening night OT loss last season to the Tigers.
10-18/19 @ UNH. The Wolverines last played a single game in Durham a few years back and tied, but have not played a non-conference series away (outside of the playoffs) in decades. The Cats won 20 games last season and finished 4th in HEA. They were ultimately beaten in the second round of the NCAA playoffs by rival U-Mass Lowell.
10/25 vs. BU. Jack Parker has retired, but BU hockey lives on. The Terriers finished 3rd in the HEA last season and were beaten in the HEA championship game by regular season champ U-Mass Lowell. They did not qualify for the NCAA playoffs, even with 21 wins.
10/26 vs. U-Mass Lowell. The 28 win 2012-13 squad that swept HEA will storm into Yost with a senior laden team. Last season UML lost to eventual national champ Yale in the national semi-finals.
11/1-2 vs. Michigan Tech. Former Assistant Head Coach Mel Pearson brings in a scrappy group of Huskies that embarrassed the Wolverines in the GLI semi-finals last season.
11/15-16 @ UNO. The Mavericks (and their fans) have no love lost for the Wolverines and have circled this series on their calendar. The last time the schools met, Michigan beat UNO in OT in the NCAA tournament amidst controversy. The Mavs are now part of the NCHC and are expected to be a lower tier team this season- but that won’t matter in this series.
11/22 Niagara. The Atlantic Hockey team is a familiar Yost foe and will bring a tight checking and high energy squad to Ann Arbor.
12/11 Ferris State. The former CCHA rival from Big Rapids (now part of the new WCHA) has outstanding goaltending and always plays Michigan physical.
12/27 Western Michigan (GLI tournament semi-final) to be played at Comerica Park. The former CCHA in state rival and new NCHC member is still very talented. They will be looking to avenge the two game CCHA tourney sweep the Wolverines laid on them at Lawson Arena.
12/28 MSU or Michigan Tech (GLI Championship OR Consolation) Potentially the first meeting of the season against the Spartans or the third meeting versus the Huskies.
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