Monday, March 20, 2017

Quinnipiac 2017-2018 non conference opponents released

High Point Solutions Arena (home of the Quinnipiac Bobcats)
Chip Malafronte of the New Haven Register is reporting that the Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey 2017-2018 non conference schedule has been announced. Once again for next season, there is a lot of Hockey East flavor. The opponents for next season are the same as they were this season with some location changes.

The Bobcats will welcome the Maine Black Bears for two home games along with single home games against Boston University, UMass Amherst and Vermont. Quinnipiac is slated to play Boston University in the next two seasons with a return trip to Agganis Arena in the 2018-2019 season. Quinnipiac played both UMass and Vermont this past season the latter in the Friendship Four Championship in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With Vermont coming to Hamden in 2017-2018, it would surprise me if the Bobcats returned to favor the following year and played on the road against Vermont in Burlington.

On the road the Bobcats will head out to the desert for the first time and face Arizona State for two games, a team that split with Quinnipiac in Hamden this past season. Quinnipiac will also head to historic Matthews Arena in Boston to face Northeastern for two games along with single road games to Boston College, UMass Amherst and UConn. With Quinnipiac also playing a road league game against Harvard, they will play four games in the Boston market next season giving alumni in the area a good chance to see the team multiple times. 

Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Vermont have the best chance for Quinnipiac at helping in the pairwise next season based on how the teams fared this season. UMass Amherst should also see improvement with the talented recruiting class they are bringing in next season along with surefire top ten draft pick Cale Makar headlining the UMass recruiting class.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.

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