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Canisius hockey releases full schedule

by Amy Moritz

We already knew that Canisius was playing at Niagara and hosting RIT. Now we get the full picture of the Golden Griffins' first year at HarborCenter after the team released its schedule Wednesday morning.

The opening game at HarborCenter will be a two-game series against Ohio State on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Both games are set for a 7:35 p.m. start. 

The first Atlantic Hockey games in the new digs come Nov. 14-15 when RIT comes to Buffalo.

With HarborCenter a few weeks behind schedule, Canisius will open the season in First Niagara Center, hosting Western Michigan (NCHC) Oct. 10-11. It will be the first time Canisius has played in First Niagara Center since the 2003-04 season when the hosted New Hampshire and UMass-Lowell along with Niagara for the Punch Imlach College Hockey Showcase.

Their other non-conference series is a two-game set at Maine, Jan. 2-3.

The home schedule features a five-game conference homestand to close out the first semester, playing Mercyhurst (Nov. 22), Air Force (Nov. 28-29) and AIC (Dec. 5-6) at HarborCenter before the holiday break.

New this year is a Kids' Day game as the Griffs have scheduled an 11:05 a.m. game on Friday, Jan.9 against Holy Cross.

The rematch of last year's conference championship game won't happen until the last month of the regular season when Canisius travels to Robert Morris Feb. 6-7. It's the only time the teams are scheduled to meet after the Colonials upended the Griffs in the title game last March.

Canisius closes out the regular season with two games at Air Force (Feb. 27-28) with the regular season home finale against Mercyhurst Feb. 21.

Overall the Griffs will play 16 regular-season games at HarborCenter.

The complete Canisius schedule:

Oct. 10 -- Western Michigan (First Niagara Center), 7:35 p.m.
Oct. 11 -- Western Michigan (First NIagara Center), 7:35 p.m.
Oct. 17 -- at Army, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 18 -- at Army, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 24 -- at AIC, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 25 -- at AIC, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 31 -- Ohio State, 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 1 -- Ohio State, 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 7 -- at Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 8 -- at Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 14 -- RIT, 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 15 -- RIT, 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 21 -- at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 22 -- Mercyhurst, 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 28 -- Air Force, 2:05 p.m.
Nov. 29 -- Air Force, 7:35 p.m.
Dec. 5 -- AIC, 7:35 p.m.
Dec. 6 -- AIC, 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 2 -- at Maine, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 3 -- at Maine, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 9 -- Holy Cross (Kid's Day), 11:05 a.m.
Jan. 10 -- Holy Cross, 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 16 -- Bentley, 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 17 -- Bentley, 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 22 -- at Niagara, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 24 -- at Niagara, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 6 -- at Robert Morris, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 7 -- at Robert Morris, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 13 -- Army, 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 14 -- Army, 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 20 -- at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 21 -- Mercyhurst, 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 27 -- at Air Force, 9:05 p.m.
Feb. 28 -- at Air Force, TBA

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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