BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Sept. 2, 2021 – Trailing its announcement of a Big Ten Network and B1G+ partnership, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is excited to present the composite schedule for its eight member institutions in the 2021-22 campaign.
The 2021-22 run includes a total of 152 regular season games, including 126 that will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network and streamed through B1G+ prior to the 2022 WCHA Final Faceoff. On the year, WCHA teams lace up for 40 nonconference matchups, including notable tournaments such as the Battle at the 'Burgh, Smashville Showcase, and the DI in D.C. Tournament.
Opening weekend on Sept. 24-25 features the opening WCHA series between Ohio State and the first Division I game for the league's newest member in St. Thomas. The weekend is also joined by two nonconference lineups including Minnesota State at Merrimack and Wisconsin at Lindenwood.
Another east coast foe comes to the Midwest when Bemidji State hosts 2018 National Champion Clarkson Oct. 23-24, while RIT travels to Minnesota Nov. 12-13 after hosting St. Thomas in Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 29-30.
Thanksgiving weekend will be a day to settle in and catch WCHA action across the country, as Nov. 26-27 features five nonconference matchups each day. Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth face St. Lawrence and Penn State at the DI in D.C. Tournament, while Minnesota takes on Mercyhurst, Boston College, and Colgate at the Smashville Showcase in Nashville, Tenn. Outside of tournament action, St. Cloud State heads east for a two-game series at Rensselaer, while Bemidji State travels south to Lindenwood.
More nonconference action pops up around the New Year, as St. Cloud State takes on Penn State, Boston University, and Syracuse at the Battle at the 'Burgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Jan. 1-2. Minnesota Duluth takes on some predicted top-10 talent in Harvard (Dec. 31-Jan. 1), while Wisconsin hosts ECAC foe Quinnipiac (Jan. 1-2). A team from College Hockey America comes to Minnesota State as Syracuse is slated for a two-game series Jan. 7-8.
January also features two WCHA teams dropping the puck outdoors, as Minnesota State hosts St. Thomas in the 16th annual Hockey Day Minnesota. The league matchup takes place in the elements at Blakeslee Field on Sunday, Jan. 23 in the event celebrating the State of Hockey.
WCHA matchups continue throughout the remainder of the regular season, including several home-and-home series between the schools. After the presentation of the Julianne Bye Cup to the regular season champions, plays continues with the best-of-three WCHA Quarterfinals Feb. 25-27, prior to the WCHA Final Faceoff hosted by Ridder Arena on March 5-6.
The league's new streaming announcement includes streaming packages for the WCHA, by school, or through a hockey sport pass. The $49.95 WCHA pass includes all home games for WCHA teams through the regular season and the Final Faceoff championship. For more information on the streaming deal, click HERE: http://www.wcha.com/women/articles/2021/09/wcha-announces-b1g-as-exclusive-streaming-partner.php
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