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Monday, April 18, 2005

Wayne State gets Tough '05-06 Schedule

For the Wayne State Warriors, difficult schedules are the norm, not the exception.

The rigorous tradition began during their inaugural season of Division I play in 1999-2000 when they took their first faceoff on the road in Columbus, Ohio, against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Since then the Warriors have battle traditional powers like Denver, Colorado College, Michigan State, North Dakota, and Northern Michigan as well as a steady dose of opponents from all around the CCHA, WCHA, ECAC, Atlantic Hockey and Hockey East.

Unofficially, the Warriors are scheduled for 36 games during the upcoming 2005-2006 season with a home non-conference schedule featuring St. Lawrence and Merrimack. The road games include a treacherous grouping at Clarkson, Union, two games against the Spartans in East Lansing, and a pair against Northern Michigan in Marquette.

The Green and Gold will begin their seventh season on Oct. 9 at the Lefty McFadden Invitational at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Their possible opponents at the Lefty include Miami of Ohio, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

They’ll return for their home opener against head coach Bill Wilkinson’s alma mater of St. Lawrence at the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth, Mich., on Oct. 21.

Wayne State will begin their College Hockey America schedule on the road at Niagara University on Nov. 4-5 and host their first conference foe when defending champion Bemidji State visits Nov. 11-12. The 20-game CHA schedule culminates with the conference tournament at a yet to be determined location March 10-12. The tournament has been played in four cities in its six year history and is rumored to possibly be moving to Compuware.

Wayne State’s opponents in the CHA include Alabama-Huntsville, Bemidji State, Niagara, Robert Morris and the United States Air Force Academy.

The Warriors will also face off the holidays at the Badger Showdown in Madison, Wisconsin on Dec. 30-31 against Northern Michigan, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.

Ice Chips:

-Wayne State has played every team in the State of Michigan with the exception of the Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan Wolverines. The Warriors may get a chance to play the Broncos this season at the Badger Showdown.

-Wayne State has compiled a 95-98 and 18 record with three CHA conference tournament titles, one regular season CHA title, and one NCAA tournament berth in 2003.

-With 408 total wins, Warriors head coach Bill Wilkinson ranks sixth nationally in wins among all active Division I coaches. The only active D-I coaches ahead of Wilkinson are Jerry York (Boston College), Jack Parker (Boston University), Rick Comley (Michigan State), Red Berenson (Michigan), and Don Lucia (Minnestota).


WSU Men's Hockey Preliminary Schedule

October 2005
Fri. 7 – at Lefty McFadden Tournament
Sat. 8 – at Lefty McFadden Tournament
Fri. 21 – vs. St. Lawrence
Sat. 22 – vs. St. Lawrence
Fri. 28 – at Clarkson
Sat. 29 – at Clarkson


November 2005
Fri. 4 – at Niagara
Sat. 5 – at Niagara
Fri. 11 – vs. Bemidji State
Sat. 12 – vs. Bemidji State
Fri. 25 – at Union
Sat. 26 – at Union


December 2005
Fri. 9 – Merrimack College
Sat. 10 – Merrimack College
Fri. 30 – at Badger Showdown
Sat. 31 – at Badger Showdown


January 2006
Fri. 6 – at Michigan State
Sat. 7 – at Michigan State
Fri. 13 – at Bemidji State
Sat. 14 – at Bemidji State

Fri. 20 – vs. Robert Morris
Sat. 21 – vs. Robert Morris
Fri. 27 – vs. Alabama-Huntsville
Sat. 28 – vs. Alabama-Huntsville


February 2006
Fri. 3 – at Northern Michigan
Sat. 4 – at Northern Michigan
Fri. 10 – at Robert Morris
Sat. 11 – at Robert Morris

Fri. 17 – vs. Niagara
Sat. 18 – vs. Niagara
Fri. 24 – at Alabama-Huntsville
Sat. 25 – at Alabama-Huntsville


March 2006
Fri. 3 – vs. Air Force
Sat. 4 – vs. Air Force

Thur. 10 – at CHA Tournament
Fri. 11 – at CHA Tournament
Sat. 12 – at CHA Tournament

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