ADRIAN, Mich.--Gary Astalos, the head coach of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 men's program at Adrian College, has released the team's 30-game schedule for the 2017-18 campaign.
After finishing the 2016-17 season with a 33-3 record and a Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League regular-season championship with a 15-1 slate, the Bulldogs reached the ACHA Tournament "final four" for the first time in school history.
In addition to the regular season, Adrian will once again host junior teams from the United States and Canada as the Bulldogs take on the Michigan-based Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League on Friday, Sep. 22, and LaSalle Vipers--who are based in Ontario--of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League two days later in tune-up contests at the Arrington Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs will see three new opponents in weekend series this season and they will all be on home ice at the Arrington Ice Arena--which will see 18 home dates overall. Canisius College will make its way to Adrian on Sep. 28-29 for a home opener, Homecoming weekend series with Thursday and Friday night games. The Bulldogs and Syracuse University, which just came off its first ACHA National Tournament appearance, meet on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14. Lastly, the Bulldogs will rekindle an old rivalry with a Robert Morris University-Illinois (Oct. 13-14) team that finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 10 in the country.
The Bulldogs' schedule will feature 16 GLCHL regular-season games, as seven of its nine members finished in the top 25 of the national rankings.
Calvin College is a new program to the GLCHL and the Bulldogs will meet the Knights for the first time in a home-and-home series on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8-9. The teams will meet in Adrian first before wrapping up in Grand Rapids the next day.
In another schedule highlight, Adrian will conduct Senior Night against Indiana Tech on Thursday, March. 1.
The GLCHL Tournament will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23-25, at The CUBE in Ann Arbor and hosted by Eastern Michigan University.
The ACHA National Championship in Columbus, Ohio (OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks/Ice Haus) begins on Thursday, March 8.