Seventy-​​four. That’s the number of days between now and the start of the 35th season of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity women’s hockey. To help you pass the time, we’ve assem­bled a list of the top five can’t-miss home games.

Opening Night

The Huskies will begin the 2014–15 cam­paign on a sea­son­long eight-​​game road trip, which starts on Oct. 10 at Syra­cuse and ends on Oct. 30 at New Hamp­shire. Just two days later, the red and black will begin the home por­tion of their schedule, facing off against the Maine Black Bears in a Sat­urday matinee at Matthews Arena. North­eastern posted a 2–0-1 record against Maine last season, including an 8–2 home vic­tory in Jan­uary. The one-​​sided win came as no sur­prise: Last season, the Huskies outscored the Black Bears 94 to 62.

Battle with BC

North­eastern and Boston Col­lege will face off four times, begin­ning with a Nov. 8 matinee at Matthews Arena. The Huskies own a 65–28-6 all-​​time record against the Eagles, but failed to beat them last season, scoring just four goals in four games. Northeastern’s reg­ular season per­for­mance against its con­fer­ence foes should indi­cate whether the squad has the offen­sive pluck and defen­sive dis­ci­pline to com­pete for Hockey East supremacy: Last season, the Eagles won 27 games and lost in the NCAA Tour­na­ment to Clarkson, which even­tu­ally won the national championship.

Mirror Images?

North­eastern and Ver­mont will play a home-​​and-​​home series later in the month, begin­ning with a Matthews Arena matinee on Nov. 22. If his­tory is any indi­ca­tion, fans should not be sur­prised to see a low-​​scoring over­time thriller: Last season, the Huskies and the Cata­mounts com­piled almost iden­tical records, scoring and relin­quishing nearly the same number of goals. North­eastern edged Ver­mont in head-​​to-​​head play, win­ning two of three matchups by a com­bined score of 8 to 6.

New Year’s Eve on Ice

Northeastern’s final game of 2014 will take place on New Year’s Eve, when the Huskies face off against Dart­mouth in yet another Matthews Arena matinee. On paper, the matchup is one-sided—last season, North­eastern won 10 more games than Dart­mouth and scored 44 more goals—but teams win and lose on the ice and com­pla­cent play could turn an oth­er­wise easy vic­tory into an embar­rassing loss. Nev­er­the­less, the thinking here is that North­eastern will be cel­e­brating two things come mid­night: the New Year and a con­vincing victory.

The Revenge Game

When: Sat­urday, Jan. 18. Where: Matthews Arena. Who: North­eastern and Boston Uni­ver­sity, facing off for the first time at Matthews Arena since the Ter­riers edged the Huskies 3–2 in the semi­final round of the 2014 Hockey East Tour­na­ment. The mid-​​January matchup will rep­re­sent the teams’ third and final reg­ular season meeting, but here’s to hoping for a playoff rematch in March. The Ter­riers may have won three of last season’s four matchups, but the Huskies would have more expe­ri­ence this time around, having returned 14 letter win­ners from last year and honed their skills in tough non-​​conference games to begin the cam­paign. “We will be tested early on with some dif­fi­cult road trips that I feel will pre­pare us well down the stretch,” head coach Dave Flint said.