MTU Hockey releases its 2014-15 schedule

MTU Hockey releases its 2014-15 schedule

Courtesy of MTU Athletics

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech today unveiled its 2014-15 hockey schedule. The 94th season in Huskies history will feature 19 home dates and a top-notch non-conference slate.

Highlights of the schedule include a home series against Michigan and another vs. Minnesota Duluth, the 50th annual Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit, two home-and-home weekends with rival Northern Michigan and a non-conference trip to old WCHA rival Wisconsin.

Tech begins 2014-15 with an important league tilt on opening weekend when it travels to Lake Superior State for a Saturday-Sunday matchup Oct. 4-5. The Huskies will play an exhibition vs. a Canadian team (still to be determined) and an intrasquad game to fill two the following two weekends before another league road trip to Ferris State Oct. 24-25.

Michigan Tech’s official 2014-15 home opener will be against Michigan Oct. 31. The Wolverines will come to Houghton for the first time since Nov. 11-12, 1983, a Tech sweep (8-2, 3-1). The two-game set will precede a home series against Alaska Anchorage Nov. 7-8.

A pair of road weekends (at Bemidji State Nov. 14-15 and Alabama Huntsville Nov. 28-29) and two home series (vs. Minnesota State Nov. 21-22 and Minnesota Duluth Dec. 12-13) will close out Tech’s first-half schedule heading into the GLI.

The 50th Great Lakes Invitational will be played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit starting on Sunday, Dec. 28. Tech will face Michigan in one
semifinal game while Michigan State will square off against Ferris State in the other. The third-place and championship games will be played on Monday, Dec. 29.

Just four days later, Tech will be in Madison to play at Wisconsin Jan. 2-3 and wrap up its 2014-15 non-conference schedule.

The first of the two home-and-homes with NMU comes Jan. 9-10. Tech will have home ice on the 10th, marking the start of a nine-game home stand.

Bowling Green State, Alaska, Alabama Huntsville and Bemidji State all come to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena during the stretch, with the Bemidji serving as this year’s Winter Carnival foe Feb. 6-7.

Tech finishes with five of its last six on the road. Trips to Alaska Anchorage (Feb. 13-14) and Minnesota State (Feb. 27-28) surround a bye
weekend. Tech will close with Northern Michigan at home Mar. 6 and in Marquette Mar. 7.

“As was the case last year, the WCHA will be very competitive,” said head coach Mel Pearson. “I expect many close games again. A home series vs. league playoff champion Minnesota State will be one of the highlights of our WCHA schedule.

“I’m really looking forward to our non-league schedule, especially our home series against Big Ten opponent Michigan, which is always a strong team with a lot of NHL draft picks. We also continue our long-standing rivalry with Minnesota Duluth and cap our non-conference games with another Big Ten team in Wisconsin.

“Overall, I think it’s a very competitive and attractive schedule for our fans.”

Season tickets for Michigan Tech hockey are on sale now at the SDC Ticket Office (906-487-2073). Packages purchased by May 30 are just $225 apiece—25 percent off the regular price of $300.

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