Turns out if I’d have waited a day the Bemidji State hockey schedule would’ve been out already. Here’s the link to the full schedule via BSU. Here’s the press release. I’ll have the full schedule below.
As I had suspected, the Beavers do indeed take on St. Cloud State and Minnesota in nonconference action.
And if you look at the schedule, things are going to be very difficult right away for BSU.
The season opens with a home and home against UND followed by a week off then a series at Mariucci Arena. Then they’ll return home to face Alaska fairbanks before traveling to Minnesota State Mankato.
They’ll host St. Cloud State Nov. 28-29.
So to recap: The Beavers play three nonconference series and one nonconference trournament (North Star Cup).
Three of their nonconference foes (UND, Minnesota, St. Cloud) went to the NCAA tournament and obviously two went to the Frozen Four.
BSU also has at least four games against Minnesota State and two against Ferris.
They’ll also play either Mankato or Minnesota again in the championship game or the third place game of the North Star Cup.
In all that’s 13 games against 2013-14 tournament teams. That’s about the same as last season.
I’d guess the Beavers are once again going to have among the toughest schedules in the nation when all is said and done.
Anyway, the full schedule is below. You ready for October yet?
Oct. 10-11: at North Dakota, vs. NORTH DAKOTA (Home and Home)
Oct. 17-18: OPEN
Oct. 24-25: at Minnesota
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: ALASKA FAIRBANKS*
Nov. 7-8: at Minnesota State*
Nov. 14-15: MICHIGAN TECH*
Nov. 21-22: at Bowling Green*
Nov. 28-29: ST. CLOUD STATE
Dec. 5-6: at Alaska Anchorage*
Dec. 12-13: NORTHERN MICHIGAN*
Dec. 19-20: OPEN (CHRISTMAS BREAK)
Dec. 26-27: OPEN (CHRISTMAS BREAK)
Jan. 2-3: OPEN (CHRISTMAS BREAK)
Jan. 9-10: ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE*
Jan. 17-18: at Lake Superior State*
Jan. 23: vs. Minnesota Duluth (North Star College Cup, St. Paul)
Jan. 24: vs. Mankato/Minnesota (North Star College Cup, St. Paul)
Jan. 30-31: BOWLING GREEN*
Feb. 6-7: at Michigan Tech (Winter Carnival)*
Feb. 13-14: at Northern Michigan*
Feb. 20-21: ALASKA-ANCHORAGE*
Feb. 27-28: at Ferris State*
March 6-7: MINNESOTA STATE*
March 13-15: WCHA first round
March 20-21: WCHA Final Five (St. Paul)
*denotes WCHA conference game