Different foes for Miami in 2018-19
A weekend tournament in Erie, Pa., a pair of New England road trips and rare Oxford visits for three out-of-conference opponents.
Those are some of the RedHawks’ 2018-19 schedule highlights.
Miami will also play an extra series for a 36-game regular season instead of the usual 34. Teams are allowed an additional two games when participating in a tournament or traveling to Alaska so they can recuperate travel expenses.
The RedHawks drop the puck on Oct. 6 vs. Alabama-Huntsville, hosting an unusual Saturday-Sunday weekend series. They are 8-1 all-time vs. the Chargers, who will skate at Cady Arena for just the second time.
Next up is the Ice Breaker Tournament, hosted by Mercyhurst. Miami will play Providence in the opening round and either Notre Dame or the host in the finale.
UMass-Lowell and Colgate visit Oxford the next two weekends. Miami and the Riverhawks have never played on each other’s campus, and Colgate has only played three games on the RedHawks’ home ice, with two of those games coming at Cady Arena in 2011.
UML is 1-0-1 vs. Miami with a neutral-ice tie in 2003 and an opening-round NCAA Tournament win in 2012. The Raiders and RedHawks split a 2011 series in Oxford, and Miami hammered Colgate, 14-2 in the only other series meeting on MU’s campus at Goggin.
Miami is 4-2 vs. the Raiders all-time.
After six straight conference games, the RedHawks head to New Hampshire, hooking up with the Wildcats for the first time since 2011. Miami is 1-2-1 at UNH and 5-6-1 in the history of the series.
Providence is the lone non-conference carryover from 2017-18. These teams will face off three times this regular season, including the Ice Breaker opener. They will play at Cady Arena on Jan. 4-5.
The Friars are 9-5-3 vs. the RedHawks including three straight wins. The last neutral-site game between these teams was the 2015 NCAA Tournament opener which PC won, 7-5.
Miami is 2-3-1 at Providence all-time and has played the Friars 12 times the past seven seasons.
The RedHawks will finish their campaign with 16 straight in-conference contests.
Dropping off the schedule from 2017-18 are Maine, Connecticut, Bowling Green and Cornell.
Starting with the first weekend in October, Miami hits the ice nine straight weeks to open the season. Dec. 1 is its final game of the first half, and the RedHawks do not play again until their lone exhibition vs. Guelph on Dec. 30.
They return to regular season action Jan. 4 at Providence then skate every weekend except one until the postseason, with the exception being Feb. 15-16.
Our thoughts: For better or worse, this is definitely not as difficult a schedule as Miami faced last season. Cornell was well embedded in the top five, Bowling Green challenged for the top 20 all season and Maine ended up in the middle of the pack.
Two of 2018-19’s non-league opponents, UAH and New Hampshire, finished in the bottom 10 of the NCAA.
Once again it will be a difficult finish for the RedHawks, as they face the defending national champions in four of their final 12 games and also travel to both St. Cloud and Denver, both of which were top five teams in 2017-18.
By the way, Bowling Green should be back on the schedule next season, but scheduling conflicts prevented the in-state foes from hooking up in the upcoming campaign.
A look at the 2018-19 schedule with opponents’ records in 2017-18 and Miami’s all-time head-to-head history:
NOTE: The next seven Wednesdays, BoB will preview each of Miami’s seven NCHC foes as we count down to the start of the 2018-19 season.
Home games in CAPS.
|Date||Opponent||’17-’18 record||PairWise||MU vs. all-time|
|Oct. 14||Mercyhurst/N. Dame!||21-12-4/25-9-2||23/2||0-0/39-18-10|
|Nov. 2-3||at Nebraska-Omaha||17-17-2||19||20-17-6||Nov. 9-10||NORTH DAKOTA||17-13-10||14||6-13-3|
|Nov. 16-17||at Colorado Coll.||15-17-5||24||8-8-2|
|Nov. 23-24||at New Hampshire||10-20-6||52||5-6-1|
|Nov. 30-Dec. 1||ST. CLOUD STATE||25-8-6||1||17-16-2|
|Jan. 4-5||at Providence||24-12-4||7||5-9-3|
|Jan. 11-12||at W. Michigan||15-19-2||28||66-55-11|
|Jan. 25-26||COLO. COLLEGE||15-17-5||24||8-8-2|
|Feb. 1-2||at St. Cloud State||25-8-6||1||17-16-2|
|Feb. 22-23||at Denver||22-9-8||5||11-14-3|
|March 1-2||at Minn.-Duluth||21-16-3*||12||4-15-2|
|March 8-9||W. MICHIGAN||15-19-2||28||66-55-11|
|March 15-17||NCHC Tournament#||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|March 22-23||Frozen Faceoff$||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|March 29-31||NCAA regionals||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|April 11-13||Frozen Four%||TBA||TBA||TBA|
*-won NCAA championship in 2017-18
!-Ice Breaker Tournament, Erie, Pa.
#-first-round best-of-3 series at campus sites
$-at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
%-at Buffalo, N.Y.