Four games each against Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals Minnesota State and Michigan Tech, and nonleague series against Ohio State, Miami and Western Michigan highlight next season’s Bowling Green Falcon hockey schedule.
The Falcons play an exhibition contest against the University of Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 3 before opening the regular season on Friday, Oct. 9 at Ohio State.
The Falcons also have a home game against OSU to reschedule.
The home game against OSU originally was on BG’s schedule as a one-game weekend later in the season, but had to be moved so the Falcons could play a two-game WCHA series that weekend.
BG coach Chris Bergeron and OSU officials are in the process of rescheduling the game. The Buckeyes haven’t announced their schedule for next season.
The Falcons face Western Michigan and Miami in home-and-home series.
BG travels to Western Tuesday, Oct. 13 and hosts the Broncos Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The home game against Western is one of three over Christmas break for BG, which also hosts Clarkson Jan. 2-3 (Saturday-Sunday). The Clarkson series ends a home-and-home contract between the teams after BG visited Clarkson last season.
The Falcons visit Miami Saturday, Jan. 16 and host the RedHawks Friday, Feb. 12.
BG’s other non-league games come during a weekend trip to Canisius Oct 16 and the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology Oct. 17. Canisius is in Buffalo. The games are being played on Friday and Saturday.
Canisius’ head coach is former BG assistant coach Dave Smith. RIT’s head coach is former Falcon player and assistant coach Wayne Wilson.
The Falcons’ 28-game WCHA schedule includes four games each (two home, two away) against Minnesota State, Michigan Tech, Alabama-Huntsville, Alaska-Anchorage and Lake Superior.
Minnesota State won the WCHA regular-season championship last season, while Tech was second. Minnesota State then beat Tech in the championship game of the league playoffs, and both teams advanced to the NCAA playoffs where both lost in the first round.
The Falcons play the four other WCHA members twice each. BG hosts Ferris State and Northern Michigan in two-game series, and visits Bemidji State and Alaska (Fairbanks) for two-game series.
Each WCHA has a rivalry partner and those partners play each other four times each season.
BG’s partner is Huntsville. The other pairings are: Tech and Northern Michigan, Ferris and Lake Superior, Bemidji State and Minnesota State, and the two Alaska schools.
The Falcons are playing 38 games next season.
The NCAA maximum is 34, but games outside the continental United States don’t count against the maximum. Since the Falcons play two games at both Anchorage and Fairbanks, they can play four extra games for a total of 38.
BGSU HOCKEY SCHEDULE
(All games at 7:07 p.m. BG time
except where indicated)
3 — TORONTO (exhibition), tba
9 — at Ohio State, 7:05 p.m.
13 — at Western Michigan, tba
16 — at Canisius, 7:35 p.m.
17 — at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, 7:05 p.m.
31 — at Alaska-Anchorage#, 6:07 p.m.
1 — at Alaska-Anchorage#, 6:07 p.m.
6-7 — LAKE SUPERIOR#
13-14 — at Michigan Tech#
20-21 — ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE#
27-28 — NORTHERN MICHIGAN#
4-5 — MINNESOTA STATE#
11-12 — at Bemidji State#, 8:37 p.m. Dec. 11, 8:07 p.m. Dec. 12
30 — WESTERN MICHIGAN
2-3 — CLARKSON
8-9 — at Lake Superior#, 7:37 p.m. Jan. 8
16 — MIAMI
21-22 — ALASKA-ANCHORAGE#
29-30 — MICHIGAN TECH#
5-6 — at Minnesota State#, 8:07 p.m.
12 — MIAMI
19-20 — at Alaska (Fairbanks)#, 11:07 p.m.
26-27 — FERRIS STATE#
4-5 — at Alabama-Huntsville#, 8:07 p.m.
11-12-13 — WCHA first-round playoffs at campus sites, tba
18-19 — WCHA Final Five, at Grand Rapids, Mich., tba
#—WCHA league games