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A look at the Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey 2023-24 schedule

Photo credit: Scott Kinville

The Colgate Raiders Mens Hockey 2023-24 schedule features and full ECAC slate as well as some teams they haven’t seen in a while.

October 7th, 2023 is a date Colgate Raiders fans have circled on their calendars as that is the day the Raiders begin their 2023-24 season.

Last season, Colgate had an overall record of 19-16-5, with an ECAC mark of 11-8-3. They were 9-5-4 at home, 8-10-1 on the road, and 2-1-0 at neutral site games.

Colgate was ranked eighteenth in the final USCHO poll of 2022-23 and won the first ECAC Tournament championship in the storied thirty-season career of Head Coach Don Vaughan. They qualified for the NCAA Tournament but were eliminated in the first round by Michigan.

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The Raiders will play thirty-four regular season games this season. Included in this season’s slate is a full twenty-two-game ECAC schedule along with twelve games against six non-conference opponents. There are no exhibition games and the only tournament scheduled is the ECAC Postseason Tournament.

A new era of Colgate Raiders Mens Hockey begins in 2023-24, as Vaughan has retired and Mike Harder has taken the reins of the team. Harder played for Colgate from 1993 to 1997, and is the program’s all-time leading scorer. He was an assistant coach under Vaughan from 1993 to 1997.

Here’s a look at the schedule Harder and his team will navigate in the 2023-24 season. Colgate will play all of its home games at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, NY.

Non-Conference Games

The Colgate Raiders will open their season at home on October 7th against the UConn Huskies. After a two-game set against the Huskies, the Raiders will travel to Scared Heart (located in Fairfield, Connecticut) for a pair of games and then return home for two more against the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks. They will face Niagara, Maine, and LIU for two games each later on in the season.

Niagara and Maine are the only holdovers from last season. UConn, Sacred Heart, UMass-Lowell, and LIU replace Northern Michigan, Arizona St., Merrimack, and Vermont from the 2022-23 slate.

The UConn Huskies

  • Dates: Saturday, October 7th, and Sunday, October 8th.
  • Where: Class of 1965 Arena.
  • Overall 2022-23 record: 20-12-3.
  • Final USCHO ranking: Unranked, but they did receive 34 votes.
  • Conference: Hockey East.
  • Head Coach: Mike Cavanaugh.
  • All-time: Colgate leads the all-time series 6-4-1.
  • Last game vs Colgate: 2021-22, UConn won 6-1.
  • Note: UConn assistant coach Michael Pereira played for the Utica Comets in 2015-16.

The Sacred Heart Pioneers

  • Dates: Friday, October 13th, and Saturday, October 14th.
  • Where: Sacred Heart.
  • Overall 2022-23 record: 17-17-3.
  • Final USCHO ranking: Unranked.
  • Conference: Atlantic Hockey Association.
  • Head Coach: C.J. Marottolo.
  • All-time: Colgate leads the all-time series 11-0-0.
  • Last games vs Colgate: 2014-15 (two-game set), Colgate won 5-2 and 4-2.
  • Note: Sacred Heart Head Coach C.J. Marottolo serves on the board of the Connecticut Hockey Foundation with Colgate alumnus Eric Opin. You can read about how that came to be here: Colgate alumnus honors legendary hockey coach by giving back.

The UMass-Lowell River Hawks

  • Dates: Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st.
  • Where: Class of 1965 Arena.
  • Overall 2022-23 record: 18-15-3.
  • Final USCHO ranking: Unranked, but they did receive 43 votes.
  • Conference: Hockey East.
  • Head Coach: Norm Bazin.
  • All-time series: UMass-Lowell leads 13-8-1.
  • Last games vs Colgate: 2019-20 (two-game set), Colgate won 4-3 in overtime and the teams skated to a 0-0 tie.
  • Note: Assistant coach Andy Boschetto was an assistant coach at Colgate in 2020-21. Head coach Norm Bazin coached Joe Gambardella of the Utica Comets when Gambardella played at UMass-Lowell.

The Niagara Purple Eagles

  • Dates: Friday, November 24th, and Saturday, November 25th.
  • Where: Class of 1965 Arena.
  • Overall 2022-23 record: 19-18-3.
  • Final USCHO ranking: Unranked.
  • Conference: Atlantic Hockey Association.
  • Head Coach: Jason Lammers.
  • All-time series: Niagara leads 11-9-2.
  • Last games vs Colgate: 2022-23 (two-game set), Niagara won both games by a score of 3-2 with one of them going to overtime.

The Maine Black Bears

  • Dates: Friday, January 5th, and Saturday, January 6th.
  • Where: Maine.
  • Overall 2022-23 record: 15-16-5.
  • Final USCHO ranking: Unranked.
  • Conference: Hockey East.
  • Head Coach: Ben Barr.
  • All-time series: Colgate leads 8-6-4.
  • Last games vs Colgate: 2022-23 (two-game set), Colgate won 5-2 and the teams skated to a 1-1 tie.
  • Note: Maine assistant coach Alfie Michaud was a goaltender for the Syracuse Crunch in 1999-2000.
Colgate’s Ross Mitton scores against Maine during a game on December 30th, 2022 at the Class of 1965 Arena. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Long Island University (LIU) Sharks

  • Dates: Friday, January 12th, and Saturday, January 13th.
  • Where: Long Island.
  • Overall 2022-23 record: 13-22-1.
  • Final USCHO ranking: Unranked.
  • Conference: Independent.
  • Head Coach: Brett Riley.
  • All-time series: None – these will be the first games between the programs.
  • Note: LIU Director of Hockey Operations Gehrig Sarosy is the son of Syracuse Crunch COO Jim Sarosy.

The ECAC Schedule

The Colgate Raiders will play the other eleven ECAC schools twice (once at home and once on the road) for a total of twenty-two games. Quinnipiac, Cornell, Harvard, and Colgate were the four ECAC teams that finished in the top twenty of the final 2022-23 USCHO rankings. The Quinnipiac Bobcats would go on to win the National Championship, but the Raiders beat them twice – once during the regular season and once during the ECAC Tournament. Conference play for Colgate begins on Friday, November 3rd at Brown.

The Brown University Bears

  • When: Friday, November 3rd at Brown / Saturday, February 17th at Colgate.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 9-18-3.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 5-14-3.
  • Head Coach: Brenden Whittet.
  • Last season: Colgate won 3-2 at home, and the teams tied 2-2 at Brown.

The Yale Bulldogs

  • When: Saturday, November 4th at Yale / Friday, February 16th at Colgate.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 8-20-4.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 6-14-2.
  • Head Coach: Keith Allain.
  • Last season: Colgate won 8-1 at home, and Yale won 4-2 at Yale.

The Harvard Crimson

  • When: Friday, November 10th at Colgate / Saturday, January 27th at Harvard.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 24-8-2.
  • ECAC record: 18-4-0.
  • Final 2022-23 USCHO ranking: 10.
  • Head Coach: Ted Donato.
  • Last season: Colgate won 6-4 at home, and Harvard won 5-4 in overtime at Harvard.

The Dartmouth Big Green

  • When: Saturday, November 11th at Colgate / Friday, January 26th at Dartmouth.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 5-24-1.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 4-17-1.
  • Head Coach: Troy Thibodeau.
  • Last season: Colgate won 5-1 at home and 4-3 in overtime at Dartmouth.

The Princeton Tigers

  • When: Friday, November 17th at Princeton / Saturday, January 20th at Colgate.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 13-19-0.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 8-14-0.
  • Head Coach: Ron Fogarty.
  • Last season: Colgate won 4-3 in overtime at Princeton, and 5-0 at home.
Colgate Raiders defenseman Nick Anderson heads up the ice. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats

  • When: Saturday, November 18th at Quinnipiac / Friday, January 19th at Colgate.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 34-4-3.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 20-2-0.
  • Final 2022-23 USCHO ranking: 1.
  • Head Coach: Rand Pecknold.
  • Last season: Colgate lost 3-2 in overtime at Quinnipiac and defeated then number one ranked Quinnipiac at home 3-2.

The Cornell Big Red

  • When: Friday, December 1st at Colgate / Saturday, December 2nd at Cornell.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 21-11-2.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 15-6-1.
  • Final 2022-23 USCHO ranking: 9.
  • Head Coach: Mike Schafer.
  • Last season: Colgate lost 3-2 at Cornell, and the teams skated to a 4-4 tie at Colgate.
Graphic courtesy of Colgate University.

The Clarkson Golden Knights

  • When: Friday, February 2nd at Colgate / Saturday, February 24th at Clarkson.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 16-17-4.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 9-10-3.
  • Head Coach: Casey Jones.
  • Last season: Colgate lost 4-0 at Clarkson and the teams tied 3-3 at Colgate.

The St. Lawrence Saints

  • When: Saturday, February 3rd at Colgate / Friday, February 23rd at St. Lawrence.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 17-19-0.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 12-10-0.
  • Head Coach: Brent Brekke.
  • Last season: Colgate won 4-1 at St. Lawrence and 3-2 in overtime at home.

The Union College Garnet Chargers

  • When: Friday, February 9th at Union / Saturday, March 2nd at Colgate.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 14-19-2.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 8-13-1.
  • Head Coach: Josh Hauge.
  • Last season: Colgate won 2-1 at Union and lost 3-1 at home.

The RPI Engineers

  • When: Saturday, February 10th at RPI / Friday, March 1st at Colgate.
  • 2022-23 overall record: 14-20-1.
  • 2022-23 ECAC record: 9-13-0.
  • Head Coach: Dave Smith.
  • Last season: Colgate lost 5-3 at RPI and lost 2-1 at home.

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