Minnesota Duluth’s 2010-11 schedule has already been posted on Rink and Run, but the school made an official release Friday. So here’s the release and the schedule. The only addition is a Jan. 8 home game with the USA Under18-team, which helps break up more than a month between games from Dec. 11 to Jan. 14. The only other game in that period is the opening of the DECC Expansion versus North Dakota, non-conference, on Dec. 30 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game.
From UMD: A much-anticipated midseason move into a new facility and the Minnesota Duluth’s final eight games in the 44-year old Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center are among the highlights of the
2010-11 Bulldog men’s hockey schedule.
The Bulldogs will launch their 67th year of intercollegiate competition — and 50th season as a member of the NCAA Division I ranks — on Oct. 8 with a road engagement against Lake Superior State University before taking on host Northern Michigan University, which qualified for the NCAA tournament this past March, the next evening in another Superior Cup matchup. One week later (Oct. 15-16), Hockey East combatant Providence College is slated to visit the DECC for UMD’s 2010-11 home debuts and the University of Alaska Anchorage will be in town the following weekend, marking the start of the Bulldogs’ 28-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association slate.
UMD will host two more series at the DECC — Nov. 12-13 vs. Michigan Tech University and Dec. 3-4 against defending WCHA regular season champion Denver — until it christens its new $70-million, 6,800-seat arena on Dec. 30 by facing the University of North Dakota in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. The remainder of the Bulldogs’ home schedule includes clashes with 2010 NCAA Frozen Four runnerup the University of Wisconsin (Jan. 14-15), the University of Minnesota (Feb. 4-5), St. Cloud State University (Feb. 11-12), the University of Nebraska-Omaha (regular season finales on March 4-5), which, along with Bemidji State University will join the WCHA fold this season, and the U.S. Under-18 Team (exhibition game on Jan. 8).
The 2010-11 Bulldogs are slated to play Michigan Tech, Minnesota and Wisconsin four times next winter and the eight other WCHA schools twice each.
"I can’t think of a better way to open our new building then to do so against our biggest rivals in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and St. Cloud State," said coach Scott Sandelin, who will embark on his 11th season behind the UMD bench this fall. "But, at the same time, that means we’ll have very challenging second half to deal with."
UMD closed out 2009-10 with a 22-17-1 overall record — a second straight 22-win season — and tied for fourth place in the WCHA at 16-11-1 (their best conference mark in five years). The Bulldogs, who held down the No. 14 spot in the final uscho.com poll, also advanced to the WCHA Final Five tournament for the fifth time in eight seasons.
UMD 2010-11 Schedule
|10/8/2010||Lake Superior State||Sault Ste. Marie, MI||6:05 pm|
|10/9/2010||Northern Michigan||Marquette, MI||6:30 pm|
|10/15/2010||Providence College||Duluth||7:07 pm|
|10/16/2010||Providence College||Duluth||7:07 pm|
|10/29/2010||Bemidji State||Bemidji, MN||7:07 pm|
|10/30/2010||Bemidji State||Bemidji, MN||7:07 pm|
|11/5/2010||North Dakota||Grand Forks, ND||7:37 pm|
|11/6/2010||North Dakota||Grand Forks, ND||7:07 pm|
|11/12/2010||Michigan Tech||Duluth||7:07 pm|
|11/13/2010||Michigan Tech||Duluth||7:07 pm|
|11/26/2010||Clarkson||Potsdam, NY||6:00 pm|
|11/27/2010||Clarkson||Potsdam, NY||6:00 pm|
|12/30/2010||North Dakota||Duluth||7:37 pm|
|1/8/2011||U.S. Under-18 Team||Duluth||7:07 pm|
|1/21/2011||Michigan Tech||Houghton, MI||6:07 pm|
|1/22/2011||Michigan Tech||Houghton, MI||6:07 pm|
|2/11/2011||St. Cloud State||Duluth||7:07 pm|
|2/12/2011||St. Cloud State||Duluth||7:07 pm|
|2/18/2011||Minnesota State-Mankato||Mankato, MN||7:37 pm|
|2/19/2011||Minnesota State-Mankato||Mankato, MN||7:07 pm|
|2/25/2011||Colorado College||Colorado Springs, CO||8:37 pm|
|2/26/2011||Colorado College||Colorado Springs, CO||8:07 pm|
|3/11/2011||WCHA Playoffs (First Round)|
|3/12/2011||WCHA Playoffs (First Round)|
|3/13/2011||WCHA Playoffs (First Round)|
|3/17/2011||WCHA Final Five||St. Paul|
|3/18/2011||WCHA Final Five||St. Paul|
|3/19/2011||WCHA Final Five||St. Paul|
|4/8/2011||NCAA Frozen Four||St. Paul|
|4/9/2011||NCAA Frozen Four||St. Paul|