Wisconsin Hockey: 2013-14 schedule released

The Badgers will play the Wolverines four times this season. - Elsa

Wisconsin opens up inaugural Big Ten conference play with a series at Minnesota after Thanksgiving.

If you read this blog on a regular occasion, you're already aware of Wisconsin's 2013-14 non-conference opponents and dates. Wednesday, the Big Ten officially released its conference schedule, so the Badgers' full schedule now appears complete.

As expected, Wisconsin opens up inaugural Big Ten conference play at Minnesota the weekend after Thanksgiving. All Big Ten schools will play a light conference schedule in the fall, with almost all conference games being played in the second half of the season.

There was a lot of hand-wringing over the Badgers being forced to play multiple games during the week with the new Big Ten Hockey Conference. As it turns out, there is only one opportunity for the Badgers to stray from their normal Friday/Saturday routine. Wisconsin plays host to Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 7, while the second game of the series will either take place on Thursday, Feb. 6 or Saturday, Feb. 8.

Overall, this schedule is about as good as it gets. You get challenges in non-conference with Boston College, Boston Universtiy, Colorado College and Miami. Obviously getting Michigan State and Michigan back into the building will be a welcomed change of pace. No North Dakota, but as I've posted here many times, that rivalry will be renewed the following season with a four-year agreement.

DAY DATE (times TBA) OPPONENT
FRIDAY OCT. 11 NORTHERN MICHIGAN
SATURDAY OCT. 12 NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Friday Oct. 18 at Boston College
Saturday Oct. 19 at Boston University
FRIDAY NOV. 1 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
SATURDAY NOV. 2 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
Friday Nov. 15 at Miami
Saturday Nov. 16 at Miami
Friday Nov. 29 at Minnesota*
Saturday Nov. 30 at Minnesota*
FRIDAY DEC. 6 PENN STATE*
SATURDAY DEC. 7 PENN STATE*
FRIDAY DEC. 13 COLORADO COLLEGE
SATURDAY DEC. 14 COLORADO COLLEGE
FRIDAY DEC. 27 ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE
SATURDAY DEC. 28 ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE
FRIDAY JAN. 3 ALASKA ANCHORAGE
SATURDAY JAN. 4 ALASKA ANCHORAGE
FRIDAY JAN. 10 MICHIGAN*
SATURDAY JAN. 11 MICHIGAN*
FRIDAY JAN. 24 OHIO STATE*
SATURDAY JAN. 25 OHIO STATE*
Friday Jan. 31 at Michigan*
Saturday Feb. 1 at Michigan*
THURS./SAT. FEB. 6 OR 8 MINNESOTA*
FRIDAY FEB. 7 MINNESOTA*
Friday Feb. 14 at Ohio State*
Saturday Feb. 15 at Ohio State*
FRIDAY FEB. 21 MICHIGAN STATE*
SATURDAY FEB. 22 MICHIGAN STATE*
Friday March 7 at Penn State*
Saturday March 8 at Penn State*
Friday March 14 at Michigan State*
Saturday March 15 at Michigan State*
Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament (Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.)
Thursday March 20 Quarterfinals
Friday March 21 Semifinals
Saturday March 22 Championship Game
Fri.-Sat. March 28-29 NCAA East and Midwest Regionals
(Bridgeport, Conn./Cincinnati)
Sat.-Sun. March 29-30 NCAA West and Northeast Regionals
(St. Paul, Minn./Worcester, Mass.)
Thurs.-Sat. April 10 & 12 NCAA Frozen Four
(Philadelphia)

HOME GAMES
*Big Ten Games

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