June 16, 2008
2008-09 U-M Ice Hockey Schedule
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan ice hockey head coach Red Berenson announced the schedule for the 2008-09 campaign on Monday (June 16). The Wolverines' 36-game regular season slate includes 17 contests at Yost Ice Arena. There are 14 games scheduled against teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
Michigan's 87th varsity season kicks off with an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 4, versus the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 Team. U-M will host Waterloo in another exhibition tilt on Sunday, Oct. 5.
The regular season gets underway on Oct. 10-11 when the Wolverines host a two-game, non-conference series against St. Lawrence, which last faced U-M early in the 2004-05 season. Michigan's other home non-conference game comes two weeks later on Thursday, Oct. 23, when Niagara visits Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines and Purple Eagles met in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament with U-M winning 5-1.
The Maize and Blue have three road non-conference games, highlighted by a single game at Boston University on Oct. 25. U-M makes its customary biannual trip to WCHA country to face Minnesota (Nov. 28) and Wisconsin (Nov. 29) in the College Hockey Showcase.
The 44th Great Lakes Invitational will take place on Dec. 27-28 in Detroit, Mich. U-M will oppose Michigan Tech in one semifinal, while Michigan State and North Dakota are on the other side of the bracket.
Michigan's four-team CCHA cluster includes Miami, Michigan State and Ohio State. In 2007-08, U-M, MU and MSU finished first, second and third, respectively, in the CCHA standings. The Wolverines visit Miami on Nov. 21-22 before hosting the RedHawks on Jan. 9-10. Michigan gets two home games against the Spartans on Dec. 5 and Jan. 23. U-M heads to East Lansing on Dec. 6, while the rivals have their annual faceoff at Joe Louis Arena on Jan. 24. U-M gets two home games against the Buckeyes on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 before traveling to Columbus for two games on Feb. 20-21.
The Wolverines have two more conference home series, facing Lake Superior State (Feb. 6-7) and Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 13-14).
Michigan has two other road series in CCHA play. The Wolverines head to Northern Michigan on Oct. 17-18 and to Alaska on Nov. 7-8.
Finally, the Maize and Blue has four home-and-home series versus Western Michigan (Nov. 14-15), Bowling Green (Jan. 16-17), Notre Dame (Jan. 30-31) and Ferris State (Feb. 27-28).
For the third consecutive season all 12 CCHA teams will qualify for the CCHA Tournament, and the top four seeds will receive first-round byes for the weekend of March 6-8, during which the squads that finished fifth through 12th will play best-of-three series at campus sites. The four teams remaining after the first round will travel to the campuses of top four seeds for a second round of best-of-three series March 13-15. Teams will be reseeded following the first round. The four teams that emerge from the second round will move on to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., for the CCHA semifinals and finals Friday and Saturday, March 20-21. The victor of the CCHA Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The road to Frozen Four will travel through four NCAA Regional sites. Two regionals will be held on March 27-28, with the East Regional at the Bridgeport Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., and the West Regional at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. On March 28-29, the Northeast Regional will be played at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, N.H., and the Midwest Regional at Van Andel in Grand Rapids, Mich. Having made a record-setting 18 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the Wolverines will be striving to reach the Frozen Four for the second year in a row. The 2009 Frozen Four will take place in Washington, D.C., with games being played at the Verizon Center, home to the NHL's Washington Capitals. The national semifinals will be on Thursday, April 9, and the NCAA championship game will take place on Saturday, April 11.
U-M's television schedule will be released later this summer. Some game times and dates could be changed for television purposes.
Season ticket renewal forms will be mailed beginning in early August. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can contact the ticket office beginning on August 7 at (734) 764-0247. Individual game tickets will go on sale in the middle of September. Ticket information will be available on MGoBlue.com.