MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota women’s hockey program has released its 2017-18 schedule, which includes an exhibition game against Team Korea and a 24-game WCHA regular-season slate. The postseason has both the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff and the 2018 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four returning to Ridder Arena.
Minnesota opens the season with the program’s first-ever match-up against the Merrimack Warriors. The season-opener is set for Friday, Sept. 29 with the series concluding on Sunday, Oct. 1. Before the official season-opener, Minnesota hosts an exhibition game against Team Korea at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Along with Merrimack, the Gophers’ non-conference schedule includes a home series with Vermont (Jan. 12-13) and trips to Mercyhurst (Nov. 10-11) and Lindenwood (Nov. 25-26). The Gophers will meet the Catamounts for the first time while the series with Lindenwood is a rematch of Minnesota’s 2016-17 season-opening series. The last time the Gophers and Mercyhurst met was at the 2009 Frozen Four, where Minnesota fell by a score of 5-4.
The Gophers begin WCHA play by hosting Ohio State on Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7. League play in the first half of the season also includes home series against Wisconsin (Oct. 28-29), St. Cloud State (Nov. 17-18), Bemidji State (Dec. 1-2), and Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 8-9), as well as road trips to Bemidji State (Oct. 13-14), Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 20-21), and Minnesota State (Nov. 3-4).
When Minnesota returns to action in 2018 following the winter break, the Gophers return to WCHA competition with a trip to Ohio State (Jan. 19-20). The next weekend, the team returns home to host Minnesota State in its final regular season home series on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27. The Gophers end the regular season with back-to-back road trips, traveling to St. Cloud State (Feb. 2-3) and Wisconsin (Feb. 16-17).
The postseason opens up with the WCHA First Round (Feb. 23-25). With a seven-team playoff this year, the top seed earns a bye while the remaining six teams play in three, best-of-three first-round series hosted by the remaining top seeds. The winners join the top seed at the 2018 WCHA Final Face-Off. College hockey's top conference championship weekend is set for Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 at Ridder Arena.
NCAA tournament play begins with quarterfinal games (March 10-11) followed by the 2018 Frozen Four at Ridder Arena. National semifinal games are set for Friday, March 16 with the national championship on Sunday, March 18.
Four seniors will lead the 2017-18 Gophers, and the team welcomes six newcomers. Head coach Brad Frost continues at the helm of the program in his 11th season behind the bench.
Season tickets for the next chapter of Gopher women's hockey are on sale now. General admission season tickets are $79, and reserved chairbacks are available for $99. For more information, please contact the Gopher Sports Sales & Service Department at 1-800-U-GOPHER or 612-624-8080 (option 1) during business hours, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT.
Schedule subject to change.
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