It is clear that we don't have any friends in the scheduling department! We have 3 games with UMass, PC, bu and Maine (including a visit to Orono between the Beanpot rounds). Only 14 home games + Belfast. If I were paranoid, I would suspect certain neighbors of ICEpionage here. They might feel it was perfectly justifiable after last season.
We get to run the gauntlet with our first five league games including 3 with UMass, and 2 (of 3) with PC. The Frozen Four would have been easier!! Sprinkled into the first month, we get to visit Union for two games and then go to Minnesota for two with St. Cloud. Those huskies were the #1 ranked team for most of last season until they laid a Horton sized egg in the opening round of the NCAAs (an annual ritual for them). They might possibly remember that we pinned their first loss on them when they came to Matthews last fall. Uh Oh. If we are not ready, we could easily start out 2-9 (1-5 in HEA). Sound familiar?
Then there is February and 2 with bu in March. I hope those games will still matter. Of course, the Beanpot matters where we have to deal with a strong Harvard team. Someday, it would be a treat for both NU and Harvard to meet in the finals. Not this year, but someday.