A match-up with the reigning NCAA Division 1 champion Providence Friars on October 3rd highlights the SFU Men’s Hockey pre-season schedule as they prepare for 2015/16.
The Clan will face the Friars and storied hockey program Northeastern as part of their annual road trip to take on top level NCAA competition. “This season we have the opportunity to play against a pair of very established programs, both of which have a storied history in the NCAA and we are thrilled to go and test ourselves against them” said SFU Head Coach Mark Coletta, a former NCAA player himself, having won a NCAA DIII national Championship with Plattsburgh.
SFU is no stranger to taking on some of the true heavyweights of the NCAA, having played North Dakota, and Miami of Ohio in recent years, but this will be the first time they have taken on the defending NCAA Champions, and a member of the illustrious Beanpot tournament. “We know the task is daunting, but we will prepare accordingly and our guys will be ready to compete” added Coletta.
The Providence Friars won their first NCAA championship last season, winning all of their tournament games despite being listed as the underdog in each of them, defeating Miami, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha, before coming back in the third period and defeating Jack Eichel and Boston University in the final. With only five seniors on their championship roster, the Friars will return the majority of their team, which has 6 NHL draft picks, including 2012 Calgary Flames first round pick Mark Jankowski. The Friars are Coached by Nate Leeman and play in the Hockey East Conference.
The Northeastern Huskies have played since 1929 and are one of the 4 teams that competes annually in the Beanpot tournament played at the TD Garden in Boston. The team comes in having made 4 of the last 5 Beanpot finals, dropping the 2015 edition of the tournament in overtime to Boston University. The Huskies begin 2015/16 with 4 NHL draft picks including 2012 97th overall Kevin Roy who was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks. They are coached by Jim Madigan and also play in Hockey East.
The preseason trip has become a staple of the SFU Hockey schedule, with other BCIHL teams starting to follow suit. “Having the opportunity to play NCAA DI programs has been a great experience, and we have worked hard to represent the school very well, there is nothing like the environment of an NCAA hockey game, especially back east, so we’re excited to say the least”, said Coach Coletta, who is looking to lead the Clan to their first victory over NCAA DI competition.
Before heading east, the Clan will also play three local exhibition games. The annual showdown with UBC will take place September 10th at the Point Grey home of the Thunderbirds. They will also play a pair of games with BCIHL rival Trinity Western, which will include hosting the Spartans on September 11th.
2015 Exhibition Schedule
Thursday September 10th – SFU @ UBC 7:00pm
Friday September 11th – SFU vs TWU 7:00pm
Friday September 18th – SFU @ TWU TBA
Saturday October 3rd – SFU @ Providence TBA
Sunday October 4th – SFU @ Northeastern 4:00pm
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