July 25, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team announced today (Friday, July 25) its 36-game regular-season schedule for the 2014-15 campaign.
The Wolverines will open the season at former conference rival Ferris State on Saturday, Oct. 4, marking the first true season-opening road contest since the 2001-02 season, when they took on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 6, 2001.
The Big Ten Conference season will begin on Friday, Nov. 21, when U-M hosts Penn State at Yost Ice Arena, the first of a two-game weekend series against the Nittany Lions. Michigan will play one more Big Ten contest in 2014 against Ohio State at Yost on Friday, Dec. 5.
The Wolverines' non-conference schedule includes several exciting games at Yost, and on the road at new venues and others that Michigan hasn't visited in some time.
"The beauty of the Big Ten is that it allows us to travel more and to see different conferences, so I think it's been a win-win for scheduling," head coach Red Berenson said.
After the season opener at Ferris State, the Wolverines will host two exhibition games the following week against the U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team (Oct. 6) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Oct. 9). The Wolverines will then turn to regular-season play with a two-game home series against New Hampshire (Oct. 17-18). The Wildcats will be visiting Yost for the first time since 2004.
Up next, Michigan will travel east to take on Hockey East powers UMass-Lowell (Oct. 24) and Boston University (Oct. 25). U-M will be making its first trip to UMass-Lowell's Tsongas Center, and will visit BU's Agganis Arena for only the third time in program history.
For the first time in Berenson's tenure at Michigan, the Wolverines will travel to Michigan Tech to face former U-M assistant Mel Pearson's team in Houghton for a Oct. 31-Nov. 1 series, the program's first visit to MTU since 1983.
"It's ironic that when Mel was doing the scheduling all these years here that we never played at Michigan Tech," Berenson said. "Now that he's at Michigan Tech, he's urged us to play up there."
The Wolverines host Atlantic Hockey's American International College on Nov. 14-15 in the first meeting between the two programs. RPI visits Yost for the first time since 1986 for a two-game weekend series Nov. 28-29.
Michigan returns east for one game on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Boston College, the Wolverines' first visit to Kelley Rink at Conte Forum since 1990.
The Great Lakes Invitational returns to Joe Louis Arena this season, as U-M will open the tournament against Michigan Tech, while Michigan State and Ferris State will also play on Sunday, Dec. 28. The GLI championship and consolation games will be played the following day at JLA.
The Wolverines will play 17 Big Ten contests in the calendar year of 2015, including four games against defending regular-season champion Minnesota, defending tournament champion Wisconsin, Michigan State, and the conclusion of series against Penn State and Ohio State.
"I think our team and our coaches have a new respect for the Big Ten schools, having played them all at least four times," Berenson said. "I think the league is going to be even tougher this year. It's the meat and potatoes of our schedule, so we've got to be ready for it."
The city of Detroit and Joe Louis Arena will host the Big Ten Tournament for the first time (March 19-21).
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