Not quite the “most wonderful time of the year” but it’s certainly “the most wonderful time of May for a beatwriter who needs content”: It’s schedule release day!
This season the WCHA decided to roll out all their schedules — men’s and women’s — at the same time. Not a bad marketing idea.
While we knew much of BSU’s men’s schedule — the nonconference games, for the most part, have been out there for a while — the women’s schedule was still a toss-up.
Well, no more: We have full slates for both teams right now.
The women released their schedule first and it starts Sept. 25-26 at home against Robert Morris. They only have theee nonconference series on the schedule: Bobby Mo, at Vermont and home against Lindenwood.
Interestingly, the women also get a home and home with North Dakota Oct. 16-17 and Dec. 4-5. That first one is the same days as the men’s series against North Dakota, which is a great opportunity for a rivalry doubleheader for both teams. That one should be a lot of fun.
The men have three nonconference series, too — home-and-homes with Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota the first two weekends of the season, as well as a home series against Division I newcomer Arizona State Jan. 16-17.
The Beavers will also be back at the North Star College Cup to defend their title. That one is set for Jan. 29-30.
As for the conference schedule, the Beavers are going to Alaska twice this season, but they’re doing it back-to-back so they’ll be up there for a week.
BSU plays two series each with Minnesota State, Alabama Huntsville, Alaska, Ferris State and Lake Superior State.
The Beavers won’t have to travel to Michigan Tech or Bowling Green this year but they also don’t host either Northern Michigan or Alaska Anchorage.