Aug. 4, 2004
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Notre Dame hockey team will take its show on the road this season when the Fighting Irish host a regular-season CCHA game versus the Michigan Wolverines at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Friday, February 18th. Game time is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. The announcement was made today by Memorial Coliseum general manager Randy L. Brown and Irish head coach Dave Poulin at a Memorial Coliseum press conference. Tickets for the game are $17.50 for seats in the lower arena on the sides, $13.50 for lower level seats in the ends and $9.50 for the upper level and will go on sale beginning today at the Memorial Coliseum Box Office, on-line at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or Charge-By-Phone at (260-424-1811). Tickets will be available at Notre Dame for Irish hockey season ticket holders only. Notre Dame is coming off its best season ever as the Irish went 20-15-4 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program’s 37-year history. The Irish were 14-11-3 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action and tied for fourth in the league standings. Notre Dame played in the Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Irish fell 5-2 to two-time defending champion Minnesota in the opening round. Michigan was 27-14-2 overall and 18-8-2 in the CCHA during the 2003-04 campaign. The Wolverines advanced to the CCHA finals, losing to Ohio State in the title game. In the NCAA Northeast Regional, Michigan defeated New Hampshire before losing to Boston College in the regional finals at Manchester, N.H. The February 18 game will be just one of four meetings between Notre Dame and Michigan on the season. The two teams play a home-and-home series on Dec. 3 (at Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Dec. 4 (at South Bend). Following the Fort Wayne game, the two teams play the fourth game of the series on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor. Last season, the Irish swept the Wolverines at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center, taking 4-1 and 5-2 decisions in late February. The two teams have met 101 times in the all-time series with Michigan holding a 55-41-5 edge.