The Wisconsin athletic department has officially released the 2012-2013 schedule and there are a few surprises on there that we didn't foresee coming.
Let's start with who the Badgers are playing. With a road trip scheduled to Alaska, Wisconsin is able to play four non-conference series this season. Those four series are Northern Michigan at the Resch Center in Green Bay (OCT 12/13), Alabama-Huntsville at the Kohl Center (DEC 13/14), Miami at the Kohl Center (JAN 18/19), and Penn State at the Kohl Center (FEB 24/25).
Alabama-Huntsville on the schedule is a surprise given that Andy Baggot from the Wisconsin State Journal had reported before that the Badgers would be playing Lake Superior State.
Another big shock is that the St. Cloud series March 8-9 will be played at the Coliseum instead of the Kohl Center. That's due to a conflict with the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament. The last time the Badgers played at the Coliseum was in 2005 for a WCHA playoff series vs Alaska-Anchorage.
Other scheduling quirks include an exhibition game to start the season on October 6th against the United States Under 18 team. That game will take place on the first official day of practice. Traditionally the Badgers host the U18 team close to New Years.
Three series this season won't be your traditional Friday/Saturday series that the Badgers have always had in the past. The Alabama-Huntsville series December 13/14 is a Thursday/Friday series due to final exams for the students. Also, the Penn State series February 24/25 will be a Sunday/Monday series due to the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament. And finally, the Minnesota series February 15/17 will be Friday/Sunday with a Friday game at the Kohl Center and the Sunday game at a date yet to be determined (although we all know this is the Soldier Field game).
UW's first official home games take place November 2/3 against Colorado College at the Kohl Center, the weekend that the Kohl Center ice will be dedicated as "Bob Johnson Rink."
Another interesting note with the schedule release was the information that Wisconsin is working on scheduling agreements with Boston College, Boston University, Colorado College, Denver, Miami, North Dakota and Northern Michigan.
2012-2013 Wisconsin Men's Hockey Schedule
6--U.S. National Team Development Program U18 (exhibition) 8 PM
12/13--@ Northern Michigan (Resch Center) 7 PM
26/27--@ Minnesota-Duluth 7 PM
2/3--Colorado College 7 PM
16/17--@ Minnesota TBA
23/24--Minnesota State 7 PM
30/1--@ Denver 8:30 PM Fri, 8 PM Sat
7/8--Michigan Tech 7 PM
13/14--Alabama-Huntsville 7 PM (Thursday/Friday Series)
4/5--@ Alaska Anchorage 10 PM
11/12--@ Minnesota State TBA
18/19--Miami (OH) 7 PM
25/26--Alaska Anchorage 7 PM
1/2--@ North Dakota TBA
8/9--Bemidji State 7 PM
15/17--Minnesota (Friday Kohl Center, Sunday @ Soldier Field)
24/25--Penn State 7 PM (Sunday/Monday Series)
1/2--@ Nebraska Omaha 7:30 PM Friday, 7 PM Saturday
8/9--St. Cloud State 7 PM (Series hosted at Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
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