Friday, June 8, 2018

Quinnipiac releases 2018-2019 schedule

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats released the 2018-2019 men's ice hockey schedule today and it features some traditional Hockey East powerhouses in single games against Boston College in Hamden and Boston University at Agganis Arena along with a two game series with two rising teams in UMass-Amherst and Maine. Also included in the non-conference slate are single Hockey East games against Connecticut and Vermont along with a pair of games against AIC and a single game against Holy Cross. The final non-conference game is a game at Nassau Coliseum against Colgate. Quinnipiac and Colgate will still meet in both Hamden and Hamilton this season but this is similar to what the teams did in the 2012-2013 season when they met in a non-conference game on Cape Cod. Here is the schedule in full below. Home games are in bold.

Saturday October 6 - University of Prince Edward Island (Exhibition)
Saturday October 13 - at Vermont
Tuesday October 16 - UConn
Friday October 19 - Boston College
Friday October 26 - At AIC
Saturday October 27 - AIC
Friday November 2 - at Harvard
Saturday November 3 - at Dartmouth
Friday November 9 - RPI
Saturday November 10 - Union
Friday November 16 - at Cornell
Saturday November 17 - at Colgate
Friday November 23 - at Maine
Saturday November 24 - at Maine
Friday November 30 - Princeton
Saturday December 1 - at Princeton
Friday December 7 - UMass Amherst
Saturday December 8 - At UMass Amherst
Saturday December 29 - Colgate (Neutral site game at Nassau Coliseum)
Friday January 4 - Colgate
Saturday January 5 - Cornell
Friday January 11 - Dartmouth
Saturday January 12 - Harvard
Saturday January 19 - At Boston University
Tuesday January 22 - Holy Cross
Friday February 1 - at Clarkson
Saturday February 2 - at St. Lawrence
Friday February 8 - Yale
Saturday February 9 - Brown
Friday February 15 - at Union
Saturday February 16 - at RPI
Friday February 22 - St. Lawrence
Saturday February 23 - Clarkson
Friday March 1 - at Brown
Saturday March 2 - at Yale

Analysis: Quinnipiac plays against some quality teams in Boston University and Boston College both that will have high end players. UMass Amherst also has Cale Makar returning and momentum trending upwards. Maine was solid last year but was that an aberration or are they headed upwards as well. Vermont, UConn, AIC and Holy Cross are not very good teams while playing a third game against Colgate isn't really ideal. You want to see Quinnipiac play some of the power teams from out west like the Minnesota's, North Dakota's and Denver's of the world more often. However with the amount of underclassmen this team will have on the roster and the season they are coming off of, this schedule to me bodes well where they should be able to turn things around to the type of seasons they have had in the past. Coming off a 9th place finish, expectations in the Quinnipiac locker room will be high but outside of those walls to the media and in the college hockey world in general, I would expect this team to be picked in the 4-6 range in the ECAC this season. 

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