With the release of the 2014-15 Cornell men’s hockey schedule Tuesday, here are some dates to circle on the calendar:
Oct. 24 vs. NTDP
The season kicks off at Lynah Rink with an exhibition against the USA Hockey’s National Team Development program squad, giving fans a chance to see some of the future U.S. Olympic hopefuls and the program that produced Cornell players Cole Bardreau, Gavin Stoick, Clint Lewis, Ryan Bliss and Jared Fiegl.
Nov. 8 vs. Quinnipac
Cornell’s second road game is one of the toughest on the schedule. The Big Red take on the Bobcats in Hamden, one of the tougher venues in recent ECAC play against the 2012 National Championship runners-up.
Nov. 21 vs. Yale
The Bulldogs come to Lynah for the first time of the season, just a year removed from their national title. While Yale missed the tournament cut last spring, they still are part of an improved ECAC lineup.
Nov. 29 vs. Penn State at New York
The Big Red make its sixth trip in recent years to Madison Square Garden, taking on new Division I hockey squad Penn State in front of what figures to be another sellout crowd.
Dec. 5-6 vs. Denver
The Pioneers make a two-game visit, coming off an NCAA tournament bid this spring. While Denver is now a member of the NCHC instead of the old WCHA, they are one of the west’s toughest tests on an annual basis.
Jan. 16 at Union
The Big Red pay a visit to the newly-crowned national champs, as the Dutchmen have also appeared in two of the last three Frozen Fours and are part of a resurgent ECAC level of play.
Jan. 23 vs. Harvard
Cornell and Harvard renew a rivalry that dates back to 1910 at Lynah Rink, with the Big Red looking to improve on its 73-61-9 record from their Ivy rivals.
Jan. 30-31 at/vs. Colgate
Cornell takes on its regional rival in a weekend home-and-home, with Colgate coming off an appearance in last season’s NCAA tournament.
Feb. 14 at Harvard
On Valentine’s Day, there will be no love lost in Cambridge as the Big Red take on the Crimson in the 145th meeting between the two schools.
Feb. 21 vs. Union
Senior Night at Lynah will feature the visit from the defending national champions from Union.