When the WCHA breaks up and re-forms in 2013, the conference will stick with a 28-game schedule, Minnesota State athletic director Kevin Buisman said this week.
Buisman recently returned from the NCAA convention in Indianapolis, and the future WCHA schools all met there. Buisman was there, and said presidents of all nine of those schools were also there to discuss the future of the conference. MSU President Richard Davenport, it appears, has taken a real leadership role in the new league.
While they left the meetings without finalizing the WCHA's postseason format and location, they did decide to stay with an imbalanced 28-game schedule, not unlike what the league has now. That likely means teams will have 6-10 nonconference games to schedule, depending on how many trips to Alaska they make (teams that travel to Alaska are given an exemption that allows them to schedule additional games).
The conference that year will include MSU, Bemidji State, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Lake Superior State, Ferris State and Bowling Green.
Trying to do the math, it looks like they will play six four-game home-and-home series (24 games) and two two-game series (four games).