"We always try to put together a competitive non-conference schedule and this year is certainly no exception," Bobcats head coach Rand Pecknold said. "Opening the year at Ohio State will be a challenge, as will a road contest at Holy Cross. Having UMass, St. Cloud State and Niagara playing on our home ice will give us great exposure and should test us. Naturally, the ECAC Hockey schedule is one of the toughest in college hockey, so we once again have our work cut out for us."
Quinnipiac's first on-ice action of the 2009-10 season falls on Saturday, Oct. 4 when they host the University of Prince Edward Island at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. That date will also serve as a special youth day to benefit Autism Speaks. Youth organizations from the surrounding area will be allowed, for the first time, to play a series of mini-games on the Bobcats' home-ice.
The Bobcats' first regular-season game is later that week when Quinnipiac will head to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio State in a two-game series on Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9. Quinnipiac will host Bentley on Saturday, Oct. 17 for their home-opener. Quinnipiac Athletics will be hosting Midnight Madness on Friday, Oct. 16 on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Following their home-opener against Bentley, the Bobcats are idle until they Oct. 30-31 when they head to Moon Township, Pa. to face Robert Morris. They will then return home to face ECAC Hockey foes Clarkson on Nov. 6 and St. Lawrence on Nov. 7. Quinnipiac will also be home on Nov. 13 against Harvard and Nov. 15 against Dartmouth. The following weekend sees Quinnipiac at Colgate on Nov. 20 and Cornell on Nov. 21. They will then host Princeton on the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 25, and the University of Massachusetts on Saturday, Nov. 28.
December will find the Bobcats finding four games in eight days when they travel to Yale on Dec. 4, Brown on Dec. 5, Holy Cross on Dec. 10 before hosting American International on Dec. 12. Following a three-week lay-off, Quinnipiac closes out the 2009 calendar year in Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard on Dec. 29.
The New Year starts with Quinnipiac on the road, this time at history Hobey Baker Rink to square-off against Princeton. After their tilt against the Tigers, Quinnipiac returns from the road for a six-game home stand. Union and Rensselaer come to York Hill on Jan. 8-9, respectively, before the Bobcats host four straight non-conference games. Quinnipiac will welcome St. Cloud State to the TD Bank Sports Center on Jan. 15-16, and Niagara on Jan. 22-23. After a single ECAC Hockey game at Dartmouth on Jan. 29, the Bobcats then swing back home to play Cornell on Feb. 5 and Colgate on Feb. 6.
Once again back on-the-road, Quinnipiac heads to the North Country to face St. Lawrence on Feb. 12 and Clarkson on Feb. 13. Their upstate New York swing continues with games at Rensselaer on Feb. 19 and Union on Feb. 20. They will close out the regular-season at home against Brown on Feb. 26 and Yale on Feb. 27. February 27 will also serve as Senior Night and the annual Heroes Hat Game.Bobcat fans can access ticket information by visiting the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com, or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905. Fans should also check www.quinnipiacbobcats.com regularly as schedules are subject to change.