Berenson Announces 2008-09 Schedule

University of Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson announced the Wolverines 2008-09 schedule to the media yesterday afternoon. Who is clustered with the Wolverines for a pair of games in CCHA competition and who did the Maize and Blue find to fill out the non-conference schedule for the upcoming year?

ANN ARBOR -- Just a few short months removed from the Wolverines upset loss in the second semifinal game of the 2008 Frozen Four in Denver, Colo., University of Michigan head coach Red Berenson has announced the Wolverines schedule for the upcoming year.

Michigan's 36-game regular season schedule includes 17 to be played at the Wolverines Yost Ice Arena. Of the 36-game stretch, 14 contests come against teams who participated in the 16-team NCAA tournament last season.

The season opens with a pair of exhibition contests, both at Yost Ice Arena, against the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team and Waterloo the weekend of October 4-5. Regular season action begins the following weekend with a pair of home games against St. Lawrence.

The Wolverines then open play both on the road and in the CCHA with a pair at Northern Michigan on October 17-18 before moving back out of conference with a Thursday night home game against Niagara and a one-game trip to Boston University.

Michigan then runs to the College Hockey Showcase with three two-game series, home against Ohio State and at both Miami University and University of Alaska, and a home-and-home with the Western Michigan Broncos.

In the 2008 CHS the Wolverines open in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Fri., November 28 before skating against the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison the following night.

Michigan than concludes the first half of the schedule with a home-and-home series against the Michigan State Spartans.

Michigan Tech opens the second half of the Wolverines schedule in the 44th Annual GLI. Michigan won the event last season beating Michigan Tech 1-0 in overtime of the championship game. Michigan State or North Dakota will await Michigan the following night pending the outcome of both games.

Miami University comes to Ann Arbor for the first time in two years the weekend of January 9-10 as the second half of the CCHA schedule gets underway. Home-and-home series' against Bowling Green State, Michigan State and Notre Dame follow for the next three weeks. Michigan State's home game on Sat., January 25 is scheduled for a neutral site in Detroit, Mich.

Michigan then rounds out the CCHA schedule with a pair of home series' against Lake Superior State and Nebraska-Omaha before finishing up with a road series in Columbus, Ohio and a home-and-home with the Ferris State Bulldogs.

CCHA Tournament play starts the weekend of March 6.

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