Eighteen Home Dates Highlight Michigan’s 2019-20 Hockey Schedule
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan ice hockey team announced today (Wednesday, June 5) its 2019-20 schedule highlighted by 18 home dates at Red Berenson Rink at Yost Ice Arena, including 11 Big Ten Conference games and two exhibitions.
The first half of the season will feature a non-conference trip to New Hampshire, five conference games at Yost Ice Arena, five home non-conference games, and one home exhibition contest to start the season.
The season’s second half includes exhibition competition against the United States National Team Development Program U-18 Team, the 55th annual Great Lakes Invitational, the annual Duel in the D, and six home conference contests.
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Michigan will open the season with an exhibition game against Windsor on Sunday, Oct. 6. This will be the eighth time these two programs will face off and the fifth since 2004. Michigan leads the all-time series 8-0, earning a 2-0 win Oct. 2, 2016 at Yost in the last matchup.
The following Friday and Saturday (Oct. 11-12), the Wolverines will welcome Clarkson to Ann Arbor for a two-game weekend series. Michigan leads the all-time series 3-2, but Clarkson won the last contest, 3-0, in 2017 in New York. This will be the first home game in the all-time series for Michigan, with the first five games played either at Clarkson or at a neutral site.
The weekend of Oct. 18-19, Michigan will host Lake Superior State at Yost. These will mark the 118th and 119th times these two storied in-state programs have faced off. Michigan brought home the win, 4-1, in Sault Ste. Marie the last time these two school squared off and holds a 16-3-1 record over the last 20 games. The recent stretch of success for the Wolverines has given them a commanding 62-48-7 lead in the all-time series against the Lakers.
On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, the Wolverines will play a home-and-home series against the Broncos of Western Michigan for the second straight year. The first game will be played at Yost, while the second game will see the Wolverines head to Kalamazoo for Saturday’s matchup. In last year’s series, the home team emerged victorious in both contests, pushing the all-time record to 72-34-10 in Michigan’s favor.
Michigan will travel to Ohio State for a pair of games Nov. 1-2 before heading back to Ann Arbor for a weekend series against Minnesota (Nov. 8-9) in a rematch of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
U-M will play a home-and-home series with in-state rival Michigan State the same weekend that the two schools meet in football at the “Big House.” The Wolverines will host the Spartans Friday, Nov. 15, before concluding the weekend series in East Lansing on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Michigan will leave the state for a non-conference game for the first time since the 2017-18 campaign, traveling to New Hampshire to square off against the Wildcats on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, in Durham. Five of the last eight contest between the two schools have gone into overtime, with three games ending in a tie.
Michigan will conclude the first half of the season with a home series against Penn State when the Nittany Lions head to Ann Arbor on Dec. 6-7.
U-M is slated to compete in the 55th annual Great Lakes Invitational (Dec. 30-31) at Little Caesars Arena, where it will face Ferris State and either Michigan State or Michigan Tech. Last year, Michigan tied, 2-2, with both Michigan Tech (lost shootout) and Michigan State.
Upon returning from the holiday break, Michigan will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to open up 2020 with a weekend series against the Fighting Irish (Jan. 10-11).
Saturday, Jan. 25, Michigan will host the U.S. NTDP U-18 Team for its annual exhibition matchup.
Michigan will travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 14, before taking on its in-state rival three day later (Monday, Feb. 17) in the annual Duel in the D at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
The Wolverines will close out their home schedule with a weekend series against rival Notre Dame on Feb. 21-22.
The 2020 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament will continue to feature a three-weekend format with all games taking place on the campus of the higher-seeded teams. The tournament will open March 6-8 with three best-of-three quarterfinal series, as the second-, third- and fourth-seeded teams will each host a series. The top-seeded team will have a bye to the single-elimination semifinals, which are scheduled for Saturday, March 14. The highest-seeded team remaining after the semifinals will host a championship game scheduled for Saturday, March 21.
The NCAA Regional sites for 2020 include DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts (Northeast, March 27-28); Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado (West, March 27-28); Times Union Center in Albany, New York (East, March 28-29); and PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania (Midwest, March 28-29). Detroit will be the site of the Frozen Four on April 9 and 11 at Little Caesars Arena, with the Detroit Sports Commission and Michigan State serving as hosts.