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2017-18 RPI men’s hockey schedule released

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TROY — The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s ice hockey team has released its schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season. In all, the Engineers will play a total of 35 games, 17 of which home at Houston Field House.

Highlighting the schedule is a road trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the Friendship Four Tournament over Thanksgiving Weekend.

“I am very excited to start my first season as head coach with a schedule that is challenging and allows us to play some great opponents,” said first-year head coach Dave Smith. “We open the season with a chance to learn about each other during a week off and then travel together the next two weeks spending some great quality time on the road.”

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Rensselaer will open up its season at home on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. when they host St. Mary’s (Nova Scotia) for an exhibition game.

The 2017 Mayor’s Cup game against rival Union is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27 at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany. For the first time, there will be a women’s Albany Cup game before hand.

September:
30: Home vs St. Mary’s (Nova Scotia) — 5 p.m. (exhibition)

October:
13: @ Ohio State — 7 p.m.
14: @ Ohio State — 7 p.m.
20: @ Niagara — 7 p.m.
21: @ RIT — 7 p.m.
27: @Union — 7 p.m.
28: Home vs Union — 7 p.m.

November
3: @ Clarkson — 7 p.m.
4: @ St. Lawrence — 7 p.m.
10: Home vs Quinnipiac — 7 p.m.
11: Home vs Princeton — 7 p.m.
17: Home vs Notre Dame — 7 p.m.
18: Home vs Notre Dame — 7 p.m.
24: Game vs Clarkson @ Belfast, Northern Ireland) — Time: 2:00 p.m. — Friendship Four
25: Game vs TBD @ Belfast, Northern Ireland) — Time: TBD — Friendship Four

December
1: Home vs Yale — 7 p.m.
2: Home vs Brown — 7 p.m.
8: Home vs New Hampshire — 7 p.m.
29: Home vs Maine — 4 p.m.
30: Home vs Maine — 4 p.m.

January
5: at Harvard — 7 p.m.
6: at Dartmouth — 7 p.m.
9: Home vs Harvard — 7 p.m.
12: Home vs St. Lawrence — 7 p.m.
13: Home vs Clarkson — 7 p.m.
19: at Brown*, 7 p.m.
20: at Yale — 7 p.m.
27: Mayor’s Cup game vs Union — 6 p.m. — @ Times Union Center

February
2: at Colgate — 7 p.m.
3: at Cornell — 7 p.m.
9: Home vs Dartmouth — 7 p.m.
16: at Princeton — 7 p.m.
17: at Quinnipiac — 7 p.m.
23: Home vs Cornell — 7 p.m.
24: Home vs Colgate — 7 p.m.

Dylan Rossiter is the Upstate Courier's founder and Editor-at-Large. He has covered Siena College men's basketball, the Tri-City ValleyCats, and Section II Athletics. Rossiter is based in Boston, MA and can be reached at Rossiter@UpstateCourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByDylanRossiter.