BU announces 2015-16 men’s ice hockey schedule

The Boston University men’s hockey team’s 2015-16 schedule was announced by head coach David Quinn on Wednesday afternoon.

The Terriers will open play with an exhibition game Oct. 3 at Agganis Arena, hosting Acadia University in the first of two just-for-show contests. The second will take place at home two weeks later on Oct. 16 when the U.S. National U-18 Team rolls in with BU commits Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows and Jake Oettinger on the roster.

The regular season begins on Oct. 10 with a road trip to Union College, marking BU’s first non-conference game of the year as well. The Terriers start their Hockey East schedule Oct. 24 and 27 with a home-and-home against the University of Connecticut.

Also on tap for the Terriers this year is the biennial Red Hot Hockey matchup against Cornell University at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 28 and, as always, the Beanpot Tournament on the first two Mondays of February. The semifinals will be Feb. 1, 2016 against Northeastern University, which BU defeated to win its 30th championship this past season, while the final and consolation game will take place Feb. 8.

In addition, the Terriers host the University of Wisconsin (Oct. 17), Denver University (Oct. 31), University of Michigan (Nov. 20 and 21) and Bentley University (Nov. 24) as a part of their out of conference agenda. They’ll also head over to Brighton on Jan. 7, 2016 for a crosstown showdown against Harvard University and swing down to Connecticut for a weekend back-to-back set with Yale University and Quinnipiac University the weekend of Dec. 11.

The national runners-up will also be able to get on the ice for a rematch against the Friars at Providence College on Nov. 13, almost exactly seven months after the national championship game, before returning to Agganis to play PC the following day. And after two years of the Boston College series being spread out across the season, the Terriers will play their rival Eagles twice in one weekend on Jan. 15 and 16, 2016.

Unlike in years past, the Hockey East regular season and postseason champs close out their conference schedule with a two-game series at the University of Notre Dame on Feb. 26 and 27, a weekend that had been reserved for Northeastern for the past six years. The Terriers will play the Huskies Nov. 6 and 7 this year instead.

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