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.
|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 30-Nov 1||North Dakota||Grand Forks|
|Nov 13-15||Bemidji St||Minneapolis|
|Dec 11-13||St Cloud (Hall of Fame Game||TBD|
|Jan 8-10||Ohio State||Minneapolis|
|Jan 22-24||St. Cloud State||St. Cloud|
|Jan 29-31||Bemidji State||Bemidji|
|Feb 5-7||North Dakota||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!