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2018-2019 Schedule

Postby mbenecke » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:38 pm

It's April 5, which means we're right around a month out from the hockey schedule release. Anyone have any ideas who we will be playing in non-conference action this year?

I'm pretty sure Ohio State is back on the schedule this year, as well as mainstay WMU. But who else would you like/expect to see on our slate this year?
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Re: 2018-2019 Schedule

Postby Schadenfreude » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:08 pm

mbenecke wrote:I'm pretty sure Ohio State is back on the schedule this year, as well as mainstay WMU. But who else would you like/expect to see on our slate this year?


I think we should play Ohio State and Miami every year. (And I think they should play us every year.) I've said it before: I'd love to turn these games into an annual Ohio Challenge Cup or something.

I like playing Western Michigan every year.

Any time we can play Michigan, Michigan State, or Notre Dame, that's great so long as we are getting a home game out of it.

Other than that: Personally, I'd like to see games with Ivy League schools, but I can see why these games rarely happen. (They have lots of scheduling options out East already.)
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Re: 2018-2019 Schedule

Postby pdt1081 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:58 pm

Schadenfreude wrote:I think we should play Ohio State and Miami every year. (And I think they should play us every year.) I've said it before: I'd love to turn these games into an annual Ohio Challenge Cup or something.

The newspaper that used to sponsor the "Ohio Cup" quit doing it quite a few years before the implosion of the leagues.
Other than that: Personally, I'd like to see games with Ivy League schools, but I can see why these games rarely happen. (They have lots of scheduling options out East already.)

28 game league schedule, 34 games total. BG gets at least 2 exempt games each year for a trip to Alaska, sometimes 4 games. That makes an absolute maximum 38 games, 10 out of conference. Miami, Western, OSU take 6. If scUM, MSU, and/or ND are willing to do a home/home series, there's no room to go east or west. Not to mention the amount of in conference travel makes those 6 teams the best possible out of conference schedule.

Until the next conference realignment, I'm fairly confident you won't see an out of conference road trip go further than Robert Morris, Canisius, RIT, or Niagra.
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Re: 2018-2019 Schedule

Postby BGDrew » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:31 am

Pretty sure Canisius still owes us a home game and we owe Mercyhurst a game in Erie. Not sure if those would be this season, however.

It’s hard to play all of the exempt games you earn from Alaska trips now with the season ending a week sooner.
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Re: 2018-2019 Schedule

Postby Schadenfreude » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:04 am

pdt1081 wrote:
Schadenfreude wrote:I think we should play Ohio State and Miami every year. (And I think they should play us every year.) I've said it before: I'd love to turn these games into an annual Ohio Challenge Cup or something.

The newspaper that used to sponsor the "Ohio Cup" quit doing it quite a few years before the implosion of the leagues.


Huh. I didn't realize that was actually a thing. Or maybe I did and that's why I think it's such a good idea now.

Another team I wouldn't mind seeing around here more often is RIT, given the Wayne Wilson connection.
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Re: 2018-2019 Schedule

Postby BGDrew » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:19 pm

We aren’t playing Miami next year per their schedule released today. A complete spitball guess on my part would be OSU, WMU, Sparty, and Canisius/Mercyhurst as our nonleague games this year. Again, that’s just my guess and isn’t based on anything else.

The Alaska exemption would allow two more nonleague games, but I’m guessing they’ll opt for a week off instead.
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