It's never too early for some hockey talk. Fresh off a 23-10-2 2012 campaign, Wisconsin announced the women's hockey schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season on Tuesday. Among the highlights are a pair of non-conference gems vs. Northeastern and Boston University on Nov. 15-16 in Vail, Colo, as well as 28 WCHA games vs. the likes of Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota.
Even the exhibition slate gets a boost in intrigue -- the Japanese Olympic team comes to the LaBahn Arena on Sept. 24. Japan will make its second-ever appearance in the Olympics in 2014 with a former Badger on the bench in Carla MacLeod, who has been an assistant with the team since February 2012.
The regular season begins the weekend of Oct. 4 with a home series vs. Minnesota State, followed by a trip to Minnesota the following weekend to face the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota and Minnesota State also represent the last two regular-season series for Wisconsin, beginning with a home series vs. the former Feb. 14-16. The first round of the WCHA playoffs will be held Feb. 28-March 2, with the Final Face-off coming March 7-8 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. The full season will come to a close March 21-23 at the NCAA Frozen Four in Hamden, Conn.
|2013-14 WISCONSIN WOMEN'S HOCKEY SCHEDULE|
|Sept. 24||Japanese Olympic Team||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Oct. 4-6||Minnesota State*#||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Oct. 11-12||at Minnesota*||Minneapolis, Minn.||Ridder Arena|
|Oct. 18-19||St. Cloud State||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Oct. 25-26||Lindenwood||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Nov. 2-3||Ohio State*||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Nov. 15||Northeastern||Vail, Colo.||Dobson Arena|
|Nov. 16||Boston University||Vail, Colo.||Dobson Arena|
|Nov. 22-23||at North Dakota*||Grand Forks, N.D.||Ralph Engelstad Arena|
|Nov. 29-30||at Minnesota Duluth*||Duluth, Minn.||AMSOIL Arena|
|Dec. 6-8||Bemidji State*#||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Jan. 3-4||at St. Cloud State*||St. Cloud, Minn.||National Hockey Center|
|Jan. 10-12||North Dakota*#||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Jan. 17-18||at Bemidji State*||Bemidji, Minn.||Sanford Center|
|Jan. 24-26||Minnesota Duluth*#||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Feb. 7-8||at Ohio State*||Columbus, Ohio||OSU Ice Rink|
|Feb. 14-16||Minnesota*#||Madison, Wis.||LaBahn Arena|
|Feb. 21-22||at Minnesota State*||Mankato, Minn.||All Seasons Arena|
|Feb. 28-March 2||WCHA Playoffs - First Round||TBA||TBA|
|March 7-8||WCHA Final Face-Off||Bemidji, Minn.||Sanford Center|
|March 15||NCAA Quarterfinals||TBA||TBA|
|March 21-23||NCAA Frozen Four||Hamden, Conn.||TD Bank Sports Center|
#Actual dates TBA for two-game series