Thursday, March 7, 2013

Looking to next year?

It doesn't get much more exciting than this weekend's games in the WCHA with the wide-open race for the MacNaughton Cup and home-ice in next week's league playoffs.

So what better time than to look at 2013-14, right?

On Thursday, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference unveiled its logo and other league information during a press conference in St. Paul. 

Closer to home, the WCHA unveiled its conference schedule for next season, one that includes Alabama-Huntsville as a full member with 28 league games.

For Minnesota State, which won't release it's entire schedule with nonconference games until after the season (opponents, I believe will be at Minnesota, vs. UConn, at Providence and at the Minnesota Cup (working title) tournament; dates TBA), here is its slate of games in the "new" WCHA (home games in bold):

Nov. 1-2 at Bemidji State
Nov. 8-9 vs. Bowling Green
Nov. 22-23 at Bowling Green
Nov. 29-30 vs. Alaska Anchorage
Dec. 6-7 vs. Northern Michigan
Dec. 13-14 at Alabama Huntsville
Jan. 3-4 at Alaska
Jan. 10-11 at Alaska Anchorage
Jan. 17-18 vs. Ferris State
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Northern Michigan
Feb. 7-8 vs. Bemidji State
Feb. 14-15 vs. Alabama Huntsville
Feb. 28-March 1 at Lake Superior
March 7-8 vs. Michigan Tech

The interesting trip will be after the new year when the Mavericks play back-to-back road series in Alaska. That will be a 12-day road trip, I'm told, with the team leaving on a Wednesday and returning two Sundays later.

Now back to your regularly scheduled excitement about the current hockey season.


MSU Hockey Girl said...

How does the Alaska exemption work? Since we play 4 games in Alaska, do we then get to schedule 4 additional non-conference games?

hockeyfan said...

Cant believe we have to go to alaska two weeks in a row. Who agreed to that. The boys may as well take the week off and just stay up there. Or is that the plan.

Shane Frederick said...

MSU Hockey Girl ... I believe they could schedule four extra games, but I think they'll just have two and keep a 36-game schedule.

Hockeyfan ... I think the Alaska trip works out well. They'll stay up there the whole time — and it's over semester break. Better than two separate trips, in my opinion.