The University at Buffalo Men's Ice Hockey team finished last season on the best note possible given their situation. After dropping a few key NECHL games, the Bulls had fallen out of contention for a spot in the ACHA National Tournament. All that was left to play for was the NECHL playoff championship, which they won 8-7 in dramatic fashion over the top-ranked Niagara Purple Eagles
This year the Bulls hope to build on their 28-4-4 record and receive an elusive bid to national tournament. This can be obtained one of two ways; winning the NECHL Regular Season Championship (for best league record) or finishing in the top 20 of the ACHA rankings.
The Bulls come into this season with plenty of fresh faces since they lost 9 seniors last year. Coach Sal Valvo is very optimistic coming into the new season. "I think we made a statement last year winning the NECHL playoffs, and we know that every team is going to give us their best. We have a target on our back and have to come prepared to every game". The ACHA Coach of the Year nominee also mentioned the excitement in the Bulls' locker room. "The boys have really come together in the last few weeks. I'm very impressed with the way a championship team can add so many new players and accept them in such a short time".
The Bulls will see some familiar faces and some new ones this season. They'll play in the ACHA Showcase October 11th-13th in Cleveland, OH. UB will also host the annual "Blizzard in Buffalo" tournament welcoming ECC, John Carroll, and Drexel University.
For a complete listing of the Bulls 2013 - 2014 schedule click here: UB Hockey 13-14 Schedule
UB will open up their second NECHL season at home against SUNY Cortland. The Bulls swept the Red Dragons last year. The game is on Friday, September 20th at 7:20 pm at the Northtowns Center in Amherst. Admission is free with your UB card. If you can't make the game you can listen live as Sam Hakin and David Fogel call the game live on WRUB.org. You can also hear the game on the TUNEIN radio app, available for Android and iPhone devices by searching WRUB. Sunday morning the Bulls take on the Canisius Golden Griffs at 11:45 am. This game will be played at Nichols School, a short drive from the UB campus. UB was able to sweep the Griffs as well last year.