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Minnesota Womens Hockey: 2015-16 Schedule Released

Except for the WCHA rivalries, it's kind of meh.

The 2015-16 Schedule has been released!
The 2015-16 Schedule has been released!

The WCHA announced their Women's Hockey Composite schedule on Monday, so we now know who and approximately when the defending National Champion Gopher Women will play next season. Frankly, its a bit lackluster if you are a Gopher fan. Yes, the WCHA rivalries against Wisconsin and North Dakota are obviously still in play, but the Gophers non-conference schedule is decidedly more boring then it has been in past seasons.  Here are a few highlights with the full schedule below.  Note that the weekends have just been assigned but specific game dates and times across those weekends will be assigned later in the year:

  • Minnesota opens the season with a road series at Penn State on October 1 and 2.
  • The Gophers will hang their National Championship banner the following weekend in their WCHA opener against St. Cloud.
  • The Gophers first tough task comes October 30-Nov 1 in Grand Forks against UND.  Grand Forks for Halloween. Scary
  • The Gophers lone other non-conference series is November 20-22 when Yale comes to Ridder.
  • Bemidji State, the only team to beat Minnesota more than once last season comes to Ridder Nov 13-15, and MN goes to Bemidji Jan 29-31.
  • Minnesota goes to Wisconsin December 4-6. The second half of the season series happens at Ridder on the weekend of Feb 19-21. It's the last weekend of the WCHA regular season and it could determine the conference champion.
  • The Gophers will host the WCHA Frozen Face-off at Ridder March 5 and 6.
Date: Opponent Location
Sept 25-27 Minnesota Whitecaps (EX) Minneapolis
Oct 1-2 Penn State Beaver Falls, PA
Oct 9-11 St. Cloud State Minneapolis
Oct 16-18 Ohio State Columbus
Oct 23-25 UMD Minneapolis
Oct 30-Nov 1 North Dakota Grand Forks
Nov 13-15 Bemidji St Minneapolis
Nov 20-22 Yale Minneapolis
Nov 27-29 MSU-Mankato Mankato
Dec 4-6 Wisconsin Madison
Dec 11-13 St Cloud (Hall of Fame Game TBD
Jan 8-10 Ohio State Minneapolis
Jan 15-17 MSU-Mankato Minneapolis
Jan 22-24 St. Cloud State St. Cloud
Jan 29-31 Bemidji State Bemidji
Feb 5-7 North Dakota Minneapolis
Feb 12-14 UMD Duluth
Feb 19-21 Wisconsin Minneapolis
Feb 26-28 WCHA 1st Round Minneapolis
March 5-6 WCHA Frozen Faceoff Minneapolis

Good luck to the Gophers as they look to win their fourth national championship in five seasons!