Friday, May 22, 2009

Finally: the Men's Schedule has been released

It has finally been released; here is a link for a pdf. Home games in bold.

Oct 9/10 - Bye
Oct 16/17 – vs CC
Oct 23/24 – @ Mankato
Oct 30/31 – vs New Hampshire
Nov 6/7 – vs minnesota
Nov 13/14 – vs UAA
Nov 20/21 – @ St. Cloud
Nov 27/28 - @ College Hockey Showcase (Michigan St and Michigan)
Dec 4/5 – vs Tech
Dec 11/12 - @ North Dakota
Dec 18/19 – Bye
Christmas weekend – Bye
Jan 2/3 – Badger Hockey Showdown vs Merrimack (other semi: Ferris State vs Yale)
Jan 8 or 9 – vs US U-18 Team
Jan 15/16 - @ CC
Jan 22/23 – vs Denver
Jan 29/30 - @ Duluth
Feb 6 – Camp Randall Hockey Classic (Michigan)
Feb 12/13 - vs Mankato
Feb 19/20 – vs St. Cloud
Feb 26/27 – @ Tech
March 5/6 - @ minnesota
March 12/13 – WCHA 1st Round
March 19/20 – WCHA Final Five
March 26-28 – NCAA Regionals (Worchester, MA; Albany, NY; Ft Wayne, IN; St Paul, MN)
April 9/11 – Frozen Four @ Ford Field

First blush, I like this schedule. Unlike last season, the Badger have 8 of 10 to start the season at home. I also like that the US NTDP U-18 team is coming to the KC for an exhibition. Badger fans will get to see two recruits in Frankie Simonelli and Michael Mersch. Frankie will be joining the blue line the following season. In the 2nd half after playing the US NTDP, there won’t be a break straight through to the WCHA playoffs.

More thoughts later. Get the calendar out, time to plan some road trips. North Dakota and Michigan Tech might be my trips for this season.