Ice Hockey at UCSB's schedule will feature several marquee matchups, including new faces, old rivals, and even out-of-state opponents! Photo courtesy: Joe Lester.
Ice Hockey at UCSB has announced a 15-game schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season which will feature a blend of new opponents, familiar foes, and old rivals.
This season's schedule is extremely home-heavy; 11 out of the 15 matchups will take place in the friendly confines of Ice in Paradise in Goleta this season. This means UCSB will give their friends, family, and local fans plenty of opportunities to come watch the team in-person.
Among the familiar faces on the schedule is the season-oppening opposition in the Santa Clara University Broncos, who played the Gauchos extremely tight last season, with the Gauchos sweeping the two-game weekend series, including a dramatic overtime victory. This season's season opening matchup takes place on October 20th, and comes with a prime-time 7:00pm faceoff. This gives fans and those interested in the program an excellent opportunity to come out and celebrate the start of the new campaign.
Local rivals and all-too-familiar foes California Lutheran University are back on the docket this season, as the Gauchos will see the gold-clad Knights twice: first on October 27th at Ice in Paradise and then again in the season finale on February 3rd, 2018 in Simi Valley.
The Gauchos will also see several opponents from last season, including Pac-8 stalwart UCLA, who will come to Ice in Paradise for the first time in their illustrious school history on January 27th. UC Santa Cruz will also make the trek to Santa Barbara for the second straight year, with a game at Ice in Paradise on February 2nd. In-division opponents Santa Rosa JC will also make the return trip to Ice in Paradise on Saturday, January 28th.
This year's slate of contests features five opponents the Gauchos are yet to see during the Ice in Paradise era, and these new faces should provide excellent competition. The Cardinal of Stanford University comes to Ice in Paradise for a Sunday morning matinee on October 29th for an 11:00am faceoff. The Titans from Cal State Fullerton will appear twice at Ice in Paradise in a back-to-back weekend series on November 10th and 11th. Out-of-state opposition will come to Ice in Paradise for the first time this season when the Grand Canyon University Lopes head to the central coast on November 19th. The UC Davis Aggies kick off the 2018 half of the schedule for Ice Hockey at UCSB on Sunday, January 14th. And finally, the Gauchos will see San Jose State on January 20th.
While sparse, the road schedule for UCSB will take them to both ends of California and see them face quality competition. The Gauchos will be in San Diego on November 4th, and will make their annual trip to Northern California on the weekend of January 19th and 20th, when they will face Santa Rosa JC and San Jose State University. Their final away game will be the aforementioned season-finale with Cal Lutheran on February 3rd.
The abundance of home games means that fans at home will have plenty of opportunity catch all of the action live from Ice in Paradise on the Ice Hockey at UCSB Broadcast Network. For the third straight season we are proud to bring you a live video stream of all home games on YouTube and for the first time this season, Facebook Live. You can also get an audio-only feed of all contests, both home and away, on Mixlr.