ESPNU coming to campus in February; one of three schedule adjustments
PC hockey’s own television partner, Cox Sports, is expected as usual not to unfurl its annual broadcast slate until October, but according to the men’s hockey prospectus, released online Tuesday, the 2008-09 men’s team has already been forced to shuffle a pair of game dates for the privilege of regional and national exposure.
The updated calendar has the Friars locked in for a rare nonconference NESN telecast when they visit Quinnipiac on Friday, December 5. That outing, by the way, was originally slated for Saturday, December 6.
Later, on Sunday, February 22, cameras and commentators from ESPNU will put in their first appearance at Schneider Arena when the Friars lock twigs with Merrimack at 4:00. The Friars were last trasmitted on the three-year-old college-specific network when they visited Boston College in January 2007.
In order to accommodate thi telecast, the game has been transplanted from its original Friday (Feb. 20) slot. The Merrimack half of the home-and-home series will stick to the Saturday of that weekend as planned. PC’s end of the series will be the program’s first Sunday home game since January 15, 2006, a 4-3 OT falter against UMass-Lowell.
One other scheduling tweak: a visit to Lowell on Friday, October 24, has had its face-off time bumped from 7:00 to 7:30.
Further informational facelifts to the team schedule confirm that eleven of the Friars’ 17 home games and eight away games will be carried on AM-1240 WOON, listed here:
Friday October 17 vs. Northeastern
Saturday October 18 vs. Bowling Green
Saturday November 1 vs. Massachusetts
Friday November 7 vs. Vermont
Saturday November 8 vs. Notre Dame
Friday November 14 vs. Maine
Saturday November 15 vs. Maine
Saturday November 22 @ New Hampshire
Friday November 28 vs. Dartmouth
Tuesday December 9 @ Brown
Tuesday January 13 @ Boston University
Sunday January 18 @ Maine
Friday January 23 vs. Northeastern
Friday January 30 vs. Boston College
Friday February 6 @ Vermont
Friday February 13 @ New Hampshire
Friday February 27 @ Boston College
Friday March 6 vs. Boston University
Sunday March 8 @ Boston University
Beyond their own outlets, last year's Friars were exposed on FSN Detroit (two games in the Great Lakes Invitational), CN8 (during one of two visits from Vermont), and NESN (at Boston University as part of NESN's Hockey East package).