Berenson announces hockey schedule

University of Michigan ice hockey coach Red Berenson announced the Wolverines 2006-07 hockey schedule earlier this week. Michigan will drop the puck 36 times during the regular season with half coming on campus at Michigan's Yost Ice Arena. Along with the 18 games at home, U-M will make multiple trips to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and will meet five teams from last seasons final poll.

U-M will open the season with the annual Blue/White intra-squad scrimmage on Sept. 30. After the opening exhibition, the Wolverines return to Yost Ice Arena the following weekend for a pair or exhibition contests. Waterloo University comes to the Wolverines old barn for an exhibition contest to open the season, and, two days later, the United States National Team Developmental Program Under-18 team will meet the Wolverines in their final exhibition contest of the year.

Regular season play begins on Oct. 13 with the Wolverines hosting Alabama-Huntsville to kick-off a six game home stand. Connecticut follows Alabama-Huntsville to complete the backend of the weekend action.

Miami of Ohio, the defending CCHA regular season champions, make their way to Yost Ice Arena to start CCHA conference play the next week with a pair of games that will be critical in the chase for the regular season crown.

Northeastern comes to Ann Arbor the weekend of Oct. 27-28 to complete the Wolverines streak of home games.

Michigan's first home-and-home series of the season comes the following weekend with the rival Spartans of Michigan State. Michigan will make the short trip to East Lansing for its first road trip of the season on Nov. 3, followed by another game with the Spartans the following night in Ann Arbor.

Michigan will then host Nebraska-Omaha in a two game series the weekend of Nov. 10-11 before heading on the road for their first two-game road trip of the season against Ferris State.

Michigan concludes play before Thanksgiving with a Tuesday night home game against the Spartans on No. 21.

At the college hockey showcase, the Wolverines open with the defending national champions, Wisconsin, on Nov. 24. Michigan and Minnesota will clash in Minneapolis the following night.

After the showcase, it's back to CCHA play for the Wolverines. A pair of home-and-home series with Western Michigan and Notre Dame brings Michigan up to the holiday break.

Michigan will meet Michigan Tech in the opening round of the 2006 GLI, a tournament that the Wolverines haven't won since before the 2000 season. Michigan State and Harvard will compete in the second game of the tournament.

Michigan hosts Bowling Green and Northern Michigan in the first three games following the GLI. Bowling Green comes to Ann Arbor for a Tuesday night game in early January, and NMU comes to town that weekend for a two-game series. After that, the Wolverines trip to Alaska for a two-game series with University of Alaska and then heads back to Ann Arbor for two games against Ferris State the following weekend.

U-M kicks February off with a home-and-home against the Western Michigan Broncos before a tough stretch away from Yost to end the season.

Michigan ends the season with four road games and two neutral site games. Michigan travels to Bowling Green State University on Feb. 9 before coming back to Detroit on Saturday for a final neutral site game with the Michigan State Spartans.

Michigan does a road-and-neutral series again the following weekend in two contests with Lake Superior State. Michigan will play at Lake Superior State on Feb. 16 and will be the road team against the Lakers on Feb. 17 at Joe Louis Arena.

Michigan ends the regular season with two road games at Ohio State the weekend of Feb. 23-24.

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