The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity men’s hockey team unveiled the schedule for the 2014–2015 season last Wednesday, giving Husky fans a clear view of the squad’s road to Hockey East supremacy. But win­ning won’t come easy for the red and black, which will face-​​off against eight of the 16 team that reached the 2014 NCAA Tour­na­ment. All in all, the 34-​​game slate, says fourth-​​year head coach Jim Madigan, “rep­re­sents one of the most dif­fi­cult chal­lenges in recent years.” Win or lose, here are the five games you won’t want to miss.

Opening Night

The Huskies will drop the puck on the 2014–2015 season on Oct. 11 at Matthews Arena against Ver­mont. The Cata­mounts com­piled a 20–15-3 record last season, but fin­ished behind the Huskies in the Hockey East stand­ings. North­eastern trails in the all-​​time series, having posted a 22–28-5 record in 55 meet­ings, but beat Ver­mont in two of last season’s three matchups.

Thanks­giving Dessert

One of Northeastern’s toughest tests will take place on Nov. 29 at Matthews Arena. Just two days after their week­long Thanks­giving break, the Huskies will face-​​off against the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota Golden Gophers, the peren­nial pow­er­house and last season’s national cham­pi­onship runner up. If his­tory is any indi­ca­tion, there is good reason to believe the Huskies could beat the Gophers, who last season outscored their oppo­nents 143 to 86: In 2011, North­eastern defeated Min­nesota on the Gophers’ home ice, win­ning 3–2 to secure the university’s second Mar­i­ucci Classic tour­na­ment victory.

Face-​​off with the Former Champs

North­eastern will battle Yale on Jan. 6, facing-​​off against the Bull­dogs the first time in almost 20 years. The 2013 NCAA champs took a step back last season, bowing out in the quar­ter­final round of the Eastern Col­le­giate Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment, but they still man­aged to outscore their oppo­nents 106 to 82. Here’s to hoping the Huskies will be able to limit the Bull­dogs’ offen­sive pro­duc­tion like they did on Nov. 26, 1995, when they beat Yale 3–1 in their pre­vious matchup.

The Rematch

When: Friday, Jan. 9. Where: Matthews Arena. Who: North­eastern and Boston Col­lege, facing-​​off for the first time since the Eagles defeated the Huskies in last season’s Beanpot Cham­pi­onship. A win would be extra sweet: The last time the Huskies beat the Eagles was on Oct. 13, 2012, a 3–1 vic­tory at Matthews Arena. For the hockey trivia buffs, the diehards in the Dog­house who refuse to leave their seats during inter­mis­sions: January’s meeting will mark the latest these two teams have played against each other for the first time in a season since the 1980–81 cam­paign. That year, they played on Jan. 26.

Huskies vs. Huskies

The North­eastern Huskies will wel­come the Uni­ver­sity of Con­necticut Huskies to Hockey East with a home-​​and-​​home series begin­ning on Feb. 13, marking the teams’ first meeting since 2004. Last season, Con­necticut played in the Atlantic Hockey Con­fer­ence, com­piling an 18–14-4 record and losing in the quar­ter­final round of the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment. Count on UConn to play a low-​​scoring, tight-​​checking brand of hockey—last season, the club relin­quished just 2.4 goals per game while scoring only 2.5.