Bowling Green knows who it will be playing in non-conference action for the 2013-2014 season, dates and times are still being determined.
The Falcons will complete home-and-home contracts by playing a series at Union College and a home series against Colgate University in October. They will play a home-and-home series with Ohio State, likely a mid-week match up. BG will also compete in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center. Other teams participating in the four-team classic in December include, Boston College, Penn State and Robert Morris.
Bowling Green finished 10-15-3 in the CCHA and 15-21-5 overall, doubling its league wins and improving its overall win total by one game.
“I don’t think that’s enough but that’s what we had,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said in his season-ending press conference. “We’re at the 15-win mark. That 20-win mark in hockey is a good number to shoot for. There is no reason that isn’t in the discussion for next year. That includes games against Union, Ohio State and Colgate…probably Boston College at Christmas time.”
It won’t be an easy non-conference slate for the Falcons. Boston College, coached by Jerry York who led BG to its only National Championship, won the title last season with the Eagles and is currently ranked sixth in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll. Union, ranked 13th, defeated BG in a pair of games at the BGSU Ice Arena (5-3, 4-1) on October 12-13. The Falcons split a pair at Colgate, winning 3-1 before dropping a 4-2 decision on Oct. 20. Ohio State and Robert Morris both received votes in the March 18th poll.
“Next year we are going to have legitimate expectations and I think they are going to be real and I think they are going to be deserved,”
Bergeron said. “We’re going to have to find a way to play with expectations. We’re not sneaking up on anybody anymore.”