Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Announces 2010-11 Schedule

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold has announced the Bobcats schedule for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Quinnipiac is set to host Ohio State on Oct. 8-9 to open the regular season. Quinnipiac defeated Ohio State twice last year to open the 2009-10 campaign on its way to the No. 4 ranking in the country.

"I'm excited for the upcoming season," Pecknold said. "We have once again put together a challenging non-conference schedule that features Ohio State, Nebraska-Omaha, Providence, St. Cloud, Canisius, Bentley and Holy Cross. We're very excited to have Ohio State and Nebraska-Omaha visit the TD Bank Sports Center this year."

Quinnipiac will face St. Thomas University of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats welcome the Buckeyes on the following weekend, followed by Bentley at home on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Holy Cross on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

The Bobcats then head out onto the road for their next six games, including a two-game series against St. Cloud State on Oct. 29-30. They open ECAC Hockey play the following weekend when they travel to Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I. to face Brown on Nov. 5 and Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. to face Yale on Nov. 6. They finish their six-game road swing against Cornell at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. on Nov. 12 and Colgate at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. on Nov. 13. They then return home for a two-game series against Dartmouth on Nov. 19 and Harvard on Nov. 20.

Quinnipiac will then travel to the Mullins Center to take on Massachusetts on Saturday, Nov. 27 to close out the month. The Bobcats finish up the first half of the season at home against St. Lawrence on Dec. 3 and Clarkson on Dec. 4 before heading to Harvard on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The Bobcats last game before the break will be on the road when they travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on Providence.

After a 19-day layoff, Quinnipiac returns to action with a two-game series against Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 30-31, with the New Year's Eve game slated for a 12 Noon puck-drop. The following weekend, Quinnipiac will host Colgate on Jan. 7 and Cornell on Jan. 8.

The Bobcats head due North for four of their next five games with a two-game series at Canisius at the Buffalo State Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. on Jan. 16-17 before heading to the North Country on Jan. 28-29 to face Clarkson and St. Lawrence, respectively. Sandwiched in the middle is a game against USA Hockey's Under-18 Team on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the TD Bank Sports Center.

February will feature four home games against Rensselaer on Feb. 4 and Union on Feb. 5 before a road contest at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. on Feb. 11. After hosting Yale for the Heroes Hat on Feb. 18, the Bobcats will host Brown on Feb. 19. Quinnipiac finishes the regular season on the road at Union and Rensselaer on Feb. 25-26.

Once again, the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round (March 4-6) and Quarterfinals Series (March 11-12) will be played at the Highest Remaining seed in the ECAC Hockey standings. This year's semifinals and championship game will be played at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on March 18-19.

Bobcat fans who wish to purchase tickets should visit the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, or call the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905. Bobcat fans should also check www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for up-to-the-minute schedule changes in addition to news and highlights.