Minnesota State released its men's hockey schedule for next season, and the Mavericks will open the regular season Oct. 14-15 with a nonconference series at Nebraska Omaha.
MSU's first four games will be against former WCHA rivals, starting with UNO and followed by a home-and-home series with Minnesota Duluth. The second game of that series, Oct. 18, will be the Mavs' home opener and "Hockey Night in Mankato."
The Mavericks will play 17 regular-season home games as well as an exhibition at the Verizon Wireless Center. Home opponents include UMD (one game, nonconference), Alabama Huntsville, Bemidji State, Alaska, Princeton (nonconference), Lake Superior State, Ferris State, Alaska Anchorage and Michigan Tech.
MSU will again play in the North Star College Cup tournament in St. Paul. The Mavericks will open the Jan. 23-24 tournament against Minnesota and play either UMD or Bemidji State the next day.
Other road opponents include UNO (nonconference), UMD (one game, nonconference), Bowling Green, Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan, Ferris State, Alaska and Bemidji State.
And in a change that will make at least one sportswriter extreeeeeeemly happy, all home games will be 7:07 p.m. starts next season.
Here is the full schedule:
Oct. 5, exhibition TBA
Oct. 10-11, at Nebraska Omaha
Oct. 17-18, at/vs. Minnesota Duluth
Oct. 24-25, vs. Alabama Huntsville
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, at Bowling Green
Nov. 7-8, vs. Bemidji State
Nov. 21-22, at Michigan Tech
Nov. 28-29, at Lake Superior State
Dec. 5-6, vs. Alaska
Dec. 12-13, vs. Princeton
Jan. 2-3, at Northern Michigan
Jan. 9-10, vs. Lake Superior State
Jan. 16-17, at Ferris State
Jan. 23-24, North Star College Cup vs. Minnesota, UMD/BSU
Jan. 30-31, vs. Ferris State
Feb. 6-7, vs. Alaska Anchorage
Feb. 13-14, at Alaska
Feb. 27-28, vs. Michigan Tech
March 6-7, at Bemidji State
March 13-15, WCHA First Round
March 20-21 WCHA Final Five, St. Paul
Read more about the schedule here.