Tigers announce 2018-19 hockey schedule

cc vs wmu2The 2018-19 schedule for Colorado College hockey was announced Wednesday with 12 games against the past three NCAA champions due to membership in the always challenging National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

“Once again, we are excited to play the top teams in the country,” CC coach Mike Haviland said in a media release. “To face the last three NCAA champions, Minnesota Duluth, Denver and North Dakota, four times each makes for a tough schedule, but we look forward to the challenge.”

Start times and TV coverage will be announced later.

CC hosts Air Force on the second night of its home-opening weekend with the home-opener against WCHA foe Alabama-Huntsville.

Air Force, which has not announced its schedule, presumably plays Denver on Friday, Oct. 12.  The Chargers play at DU the next night.

The homestand continues with a nonconference series against Hockey East’s New Hampshire Oct. 19-20.

CC opens the season at Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 6 and concludes the nonconference road series on Sunday, Oct. 7. The Tigers open NCHC play against St. Cloud State Nov. 2-3.

December and early January feature six nonconference games with Vermont visiting the Broadmoor World Arena Dec. 7-8.  After that break, there are four nonleague road games with a series at Arizona State Dec. 14-15 followed by road contests at Hockey East members Merrimack on Dec. 31 and Maine Jan. 2.

CC plays eight league series during the second half of the season, beginning with 2016 NCAA champ North Dakota in Grand Forks, Jan. 11-12. UND visits Colorado Springs March 1-2.

The Tigers are coming off a 15-17-5 season with a tie for fifth place in the league standings.

Home games in ALL CAPS.

Oct. 6-7 –  at Alaska-Anchorage

Oct. 12 –  ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

Oct. 13 — AIR FORCE

Oct. 19-20 – NEW HAMPSHIRE

Oct. 26-27 – BYE

Nov. 2-3 – ST. CLOUD STATE (NCHC opener)

Nov. 9-10 – at Minnesota Duluth (2018 NCAA champion)

Nov. 16-17 – MIAMI

Nov. 23-24 — BYE (Thanksgiving weekend)

Nov. 30-Dec. 1 – at Omaha

Dec. 7-8 – VERMONT

Dec. 14-15 –  at Arizona State

HOLIDAY BREAK

Dec. 31 — at Merrimack

Jan. 2 — Maine

Jan. 11-12 — at North Dakota (2016 NCAA champs)

Jan. 18 – DENVER (2017 NCAA champs)

Jan. 19 – at Denver

Jan. 25-26 – at Miami

Feb. 1-2 – MINNESOTA DULUTH

Feb. 8-9 – at St. Cloud State

Feb, 15-16 – BYE

Feb. 22-23 – WESTERN MICHIGAN

March 1-2 — NORTH DAKOTA

March 8 – at Denver

March 9 — DENVER (Senior Night)

March 15-17 — NCHC first-round series

March 22-23 — NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul)

March 29-31 — NCAA regionals (Fargo, Allentown, Pa., Manchester, N.H., Providence, R.I.)

April 11-13 — NCAA Frozen Four (Buffalo, N.Y.)

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