BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – May 12, 2021 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association today unveiled its composite league schedule for the 2021-22 season. The slate will include 112 league games as each program will contest a 28-game WCHA campaign this season.
For the first time since the 2016-17 campaign, the WCHA schedule will include eight teams with addition of the University of St. Thomas.
The 23rd season of the top league in women's college hockey will culminate with the eight-team 2022 WCHA postseason tournament and the Final Faceoff with the league's four quarterfinal winners on March 5-6 in Minneapolis.
The 2021-22 composite schedule outlines weekend dates and opponents for each of the league's eight member institutions. Exact game days and times along with the full non-conference slate will be released at a later date.
The WCHA league schedule will feature 28 games in 2021-22 as all eight programs will play two two-game series (one home, one away) against each of the other seven member institutions. The chase for the Julianne Bye Cup opens the weekend of Sept. 24-25 as St. Thomas travels to Columbus, Ohio for its first two NCAA Division I contests against 2021 Frozen Four qualifier Ohio State.
The regular season will conclude Feb. 18-19 with Bemidji State at Minnesota State, St. Thomas at Minnesota, St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin at Ohio State. Eighteen weekends will see at least one WCHA series played while nine weekends feature a full allotment of four league series. (Oct. 15-16, Nov. 19-20, Dec. 3-4, Jan. 14-15, Jan. 21-22, Jan. 28-29, Feb. 4-5, Feb. 11-12 and Feb. 18-19).
Among the highlights:
- Defending NCAA and WCHA champion Wisconsin and 2021 Frozen Four qualifier Ohio State will meet Oct. 22-23 in Madison and Feb. 18-19 in Columbus.
- A week after visiting Ohio State, league newcomer St. Thomas will host Bemidji State for its first home WCHA series Oct. 1-2. The Tommies will open the 2022 portion of their inaugural WCHA schedule at home, hosting Twin Cities rival Minnesota on Jan. 7-8.
- Northern Minnesota rivals Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth, who have met in the WCHA Quarterfinals in five of the last seven years, meet Nov. 19-20 in Bemidji and Jan. 14-15 in Duluth.
- The annual Border Battle between WCHA heavyweights Minnesota and Wisconsin will be contested Dec. 3-4 in Madison and Jan. 21-22 in Minneapolis.
- St. Cloud State and Minnesota State renew acquaintances Nov. 5-6 in St. Cloud and Dec. 10-11 in Mankato.
2022 WCHA Postseason Tournament
All eight league teams will advance to the 2022 WCHA Postseason Tournament and will be seeded by finish in the WCHA standings with the top four seeds each hosting best two-of-three quarterfinal series the weekend of Feb. 25-27. The four quarterfinal winners will move on to meet in college hockey's top conference championship event, the WCHA Final Faceoff, March 5-6 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will mark its 23rd season in 2021-22. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 18 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 17 of a possible 20 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 110 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The eight-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), The Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies), the University of Wisconsin (Badgers) and 2021-22 league newcomer University of St. Thomas (Tommies). For more information, visit wcha.com.