Rochester, MI- Oakland Hockey General Manager Corey Hagood has announced the release of the teams 2019-20 schedule. Oakland will play 18 home games this season at the ONYX Ice Arena. A six game homestand starts the season for the Golden Grizzlies. This years schedule features the return of an old traditional rivalry with a pair of exhibition games against Michigan State in January 2020 and three Thursday road games are on tap for Oakland this year.
The season begins on Friday, September 27 at the ONYX against National Tournament qualifier Robert Morris (IL) the Eagles finished ranked 17 last season. It will be the first time the teams have met since 2014 when Oakland traveled to Chicago for a pair of games at RMU IL. The teams also met that season in the ACHA DI National Tournament.
The homestand also includes a matchup for the first time, against John Carroll University and the continuation of the series against the Oswego State Lakers.
The Golden Grizzlies will play at RIT for the first time in October, travel to Slippery Rock for the first time in November and will also for the first time in program history play a series against UNLV in Las Vegas in February.
Oakland’s three Thursday night games this season are against Rochester University, (Formerly Rochester College) Adrian and Davenport all on the road. The Jug of Rochester Hills games are non-conference games, as Rochester moved to the WHAC. Oakland has won the Jug in back-to-back seasons and has won the Jug four times in the six years of the series (2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Oakland begins the second semester on Friday, January 10, 2020 with an exhibition series against an old rival Michigan State (ACHA DII). The teams last played an exhibition game at the ONYX in 2009. The history of the rivalry includes a Michigan State OT win in the ACHA DII National Championship game at the ONYX in 2005. That was apart of four straight National Championship games for Oakland (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Oakland also will play non-conference games against Toledo and Niagara this upcoming season. Senior night will be held on Friday, February 14 against Calvin College at the ONYX.
Head coach Nick Field begins his second season at the helm of the Golden Grizzlies. Field will be joined by assistant coaches, Aaron Hundt, Nicholas Tomczyk, and Jacob DeSano.