OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University hockey team revealed a 2014-15 schedule that featured 18 home dates on Thursday.
MU opens play with exhibition contests against the USA National Team Development Program (Oct. 4) and Simon Fraser (Oct. 5) at Steve Cady Arena. Those tune ups will serve as valuable ice time for the Red and White when they open the regular season with home-and-home nonconference series against Bowling Green (Oct. 10 and 12) and Ohio State (Oct. 17-18). The second game of both series will be played in Oxford.
The RedHawks remain at home for a weekend series against St. Lawrence (Oct. 24-25) before beginning their National Collegiate Hockey Conference schedule at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 31-Nov. 1). November also features home series against both Colorado College (Nov. 7-8) and Western Michigan (Nov. 21-22) sandwiched around a road series at defending NCHC Tournament winner and Frozen Four participant North Dakota (Nov. 14-15).
After a week off, the RedHawks host Nebraska Omaha (Dec. 5-6) and close out December by playing in the Florida College Hockey Classic (Dec. 28-29) in Estero, Fla. Miami opens the tournament against Notre Dame on Dec. 28 and takes on Cornell or Lake Superior State in either the championship or consolation game on Dec. 29.
From there, Miami hops on a plane to Troy, N.Y. for a series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Jan. 2-3. The remainder of the schedule is focused solely on NCHC competition with the MU traveling to St. Cloud State (Jan. 9-10), hosting Denver (Jan. 23-24) and going to Western Michigan (Jan. 30-31). Following an idle weekend, the RedHawks go to Colorado College (Feb. 13-14), host Minnesota Duluth (Feb. 20-21), head to Denver (Feb. 27-28) and close the season at home against North Dakota (March 6-7).
The top four teams in the final NCHC regular season standings host the NCHC Quarterfinal, a best-of-three playoff series that runs March 13-15. The winners advance to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis for the semifinals (March 20) and championship/consolation game (March 21).
The NCAA Regional Championships will run March 27-29. Each regional champion qualifies for the Frozen Four in Boston, with the national semifinals played on April 9 and the championship game held on April 11.
Miami has qualified for the NCAA Tournament nine times in the past 11 years under head coach Enrico Blasi and return all but two players from the 2013-14 squad that advanced the NCHC Championship Game.