Marquette hockey team finalizes season schedule, by Mark Evans

The Marquette Rangers have finalized their schedule for the upcoming 2007-08 North American Hockey League season. Their second season at Lakeview Arena will feature twenty-five regular season home games, and showcase several special events during the course of the year.
“We’re excited to get this done,” said Rangers president and general manager David Saint-Onge. “Now that we’ve established ourselves within the North Division, our rivalry games will feature the old-time hockey our fans are beginning to grow accustomed to. These are ‘can’t miss’ games.”
In addition, the Rangers will host two weekend series against Central Division foes Fargo (North Dakota) and Alexandria (Minnesota).
“These contests give our fans a chance to see different teams and players from our league,” Saint-Onge said. “We’re looking forward to a terrific balance this year with different styles of teams coming into Lakeview Arena throughout the season.”
The season begins on September 14 in Gaylord with an exhibition game against the Alpena IceDiggers, followed by a home exhibition contest against the Detroit Red Wings Alumni at Lakeview Arena on September 15 to benefit the Bell Foundation of Bell Hospital.
Following the exhibition games, the team heads to the annual NAHL Showcase in Minnesota, with the home opening weekend scheduled for September 28 and 29 against the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP).
North Division rivals Alpena and Traverse City will be at Lakeview six times each during the course of the regular season, with defending regular season NAHL Champions Mahoning Valley coming to Marquette for four contests.
The defending Robertson Cup Champion St. Louis Bandits will join the North Division this season; however, the Rangers are only scheduled to play them at the league showcase in September and not during the course of the regular season.

Marquette Rangers 2007-08 Regular Season Schedule
September 14—Alpena @ Gaylord (exhibition)
September15—Detroit Red Wings Alumni (exhibition), 7:00 p.m.
September 19-22—North American Hockey League Showcase @ Blaine, MN
September 28 & 29—USNTDP, 7:30 p.m.

October 5—@ Alpena
October 6 & 7—@ Traverse City
October 12 & 13—Fargo, 7:30 p.m.
October 19 & 20— @ Alexandria
October 25 & 26—Alpena, 7:00 p.m.

November 9 & 10—@ Fargo
November 16 & 17—Alpena, 7:30 p.m.
November 24 & 25—@USNTDP
November 29 & 30—Traverse City, 7:30 p.m.
November 30—USNTDP, 7:30 p.m.

December 1—USNTDP, 7:30 p.m.
December 7 & 8—Mahoning Valley, 7:30 p.m. December 14—@Alpena
December 15—Alpena, 7:30 p.m.
December 27 & 28—Traverse City, 7:30 p.m.
December 29—@Traverse City

January 4 & 5—@Alpena
January 18-21—NAHL North Division Showcase @ Youngstown, OH
January 24—Traverse City, 7:30 p.m.
January 25—Alpena, 7:30 p.m.
January 26—@Alpena

February 1 & 2—Alexandria, 7:30 p.m.
February 8 & 9—@Mahoning Valley
February 22 & 23—@USNTDP
February 29—@Traverse City

March 1—@Traverse City
March 7 & 8—Mahoning Valley, 7:30 p.m.
March 14 & 15—Alpena, 7:30 p.m.
March 21 & 22—@USNTDP
March 28 & 29—Traverse City, 7:30 p.m.

All home games are in bold; all regular season home games will be played at Lakeview Arena.
—Mark Evans

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