just for starters. Welcome to the Big Inbred Conference.
I assume Penn State, OSU, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be reasonably good, though. Who knows about Michigan, too.
Makes me think the split wasn't as amicable as we thought
Scheduling a series with a year's notice is hard enough, but they also had to reduce the number of OOC commitments by two games. Next year we'll have a better idea.
you're actually lucky to get half the series against decent teams. I just wish we would limit games against Atlantic Hockey or the bottom 80% of the WCHA to one home series a year. But as long as name brand programs insist on playing 20 home dates a year (at least) you gotta play teams that will come here and not expect a return trip. No way you're generally going to get teams in the ECAC, Hockey East or NCHC to agree to that.
I do know one thing, all of the football loving, big-name only recognizing local fans don't have any excuse now to stay away, at least from conference games. We've gone from a conference where they recognized 1 team (maybe 2 if you count UConn, but as a hockey school THEY don't count) to one where every night we're playing a big time, name brand school.
we'll see. Hay, when we host Michigan maybe they can just focus on the helmets and figure out who's playing Cover 2.
We won't play any of our former Hockey East rivals this year. The OOC schedule isn't much to speak of aside from the Denver series.
Here are the OOC games (the Big Ten conference games were announced earlier:
Fri 10/06/17 vs. Alabama-Huntsville 7:35 p.m. ET
Sat 10/07/17 vs. Alabama-Huntsville 7:05 p.m. ET
Fri 10/13/17 vs. Denver 7:35 p.m. ET
Sat 10/14/17 vs. Denver 7:05 p.m. ET
Thur 10/19/17 vs. Sacred Heart 7:35 p.m. ET*
Fri 10/20/17 vs. Sacred Heart 7:35 p.m. ET*
Thur 10/26/17 vs. Nebraska-Omaha 7:35 p.m. ET**
Fri 10/27/17 vs. Nebraska-Omaha 7:35 p.m. ET**
Fri 11/17/17 at RPI 7:05 p.m. ET
Sat 11/18/17 at RPI 7:05 p.m. ET
* -- ND hosts Southern Cal in football on Saturday night, October 21.
** -- ND hosts NC State in football on Saturday, October 28.
That's the first thing I did, too (of course now everyone knows)
Also looks like Michigan might be on tap for the "Alumni Winter Weekend" - usually a hockey and basketball game in January before the students get back
with the Winter Sports Weekend. However, it's currently set to start at 5:05 pm on Sunday of that weekend. That start time looks like it was set with TV in mind more than to accommodate alumni and fans visiting from out of town. ND's Sunday game at Michigan (Feb. 18) also will start at 5:05 pm.
since the league started sponsoring their hockey. Sometimes Thursday-Saturday, sometimes Friday-Sunday. For their branded network, of course.
... they were often Friday-Saturday, and on the occasions when they were Friday-Sunday, the Sunday game was never as late as 5 pm, if I recall correctly. They weren't made-for-TV weekends, but seemed to be decisions by the schools to save on hotel expenses (assuming putting the team up at a hotel for one night exceeds the cost of an extra bus round-trip to a nearby destination).