Tigers announce 2020-21 schedule

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The National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced its league schedule with Colorado College hosting the first NCHC contest of the 2020-21 season on Thursday, Nov. 5 against the Miami RedHawks. No times were announced.

The Thursday night game was one of a few deviations from the usual Friday-Saturday formula. The first two games of the Gold Pan series versus rival Denver will be spread out over two weekends — at Magness Arena on Saturday, Feb. 6 and at the Broadmoor World Arena on Feb. 13. The usual home-and-home series concludes the regular season March 5-6. CC’s Senior Night is set for March 6.

There is no Air Force game for the first time since the 1982-83 season but CC has since announced that was simply due to a scheduling problem that was fixed for the 2021-22 season, when the new on-campus Robson Arena opens.

The only 2020-21 games against Omaha will be at home on Dec. 11-12 to close out the first half of the season before winter break. The first half is heavy on home games,. giving the Tigers an opportunity to get off to a good start.

CC returns to action in the four-team Mariucci Classic Jan. 2-3 on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. That four-team field reportedly includes St. Cloud State and UMass-Lowell.

“We are excited for another challenging schedule,” Tigers coach Mike Haviland said in a CC media release on Wednesday. “Once again, we will face several Top-20 teams and I think our fans will enjoy seeing some teams that usually are not on our schedule.”

Tigers 2020-21 schedule

Monday, Oct. 5  British Columbia Thunderbirds (exhibition)
Oct. 9-10 MAINE
Oct. 16-17 UNION
Oct. 23-24 at Michigan State
Oct. 30-31 OPEN
Thursday, Nov. 5 MIAMI *Conference foe
Friday, Nov. 6 MIAMI*
Nov. 13-14 at St. Cloud State*
Nov. 20-21 at Western Michigan*
Nov. 27-28 PRINCETON
Dec. 11-12 OMAHA*
Jan. 2-3, 2021 at Mariucci Classic (host Minnesota, St. Cloud State, UMass-Lowell)
Jan. 8-9 at North Dakota*
Jan. 15-16 OPEN
Jan. 29-30 at Minnesota Duluth*
Feb. 6 at Denver*
Feb. 13 DENVER*
Feb. 19-20 at Miami*
Feb. 26-27 NORTH DAKOTA*
March 5 at Denver*
March 6 DENVER* (Senior Night)
March 12-14 NCHC Quarterfinals
March 19-20 NCHC Frozen Faceoff (St. Paul, Minn.)

Two future Tigers named to NHL Central Scouting’s final draft list

schweitzerTwo future Tigers were listed in the final NHL Central Scouting 2020 Draft rankings released on Wednesday.
The 2020 NHL Draft scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal has been postponed to a date to be announced.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s righthanded defenseman Nathan Schweitzer, listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, is projected as a fourth-round selection.  He is pictured above.
Cretin-Durham Raiders lefty forward Matthew Gleason (5-8, 170 pounds) was picked as a possible seventh-round pick. The two MInnesota high schoolers, scheduled to join CC at the start of the 2021-22 seasons, were also named to the midseason list.
Schweitzer, 18, committed to CC in September 2018. He recorded 32 points (26 assists) in 21 games during his second season as the B-SM captain after recording 42 points (27 assists) in 43 games as a junior. He also played in four games for the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Gleason, who turns 19 in September, committed to the Tigers in October 2018.
Gleason was named as the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ 2019 East Metro Boys’ Hockey Player of the Year and as the 2020 Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. He recorded 78 points (36 goals) in 27 high school games as a senior. He recorded 52 points (34 goals) in 26 games as a junior
Here is a link to the pdf  listing all the players ranked.

Incoming goalie Dominic Basse was selected in the sixth round (167th overall) by Chicago in 2019. He is part of a freshman class joining the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program that is ranked fifth nationally by the Neutral Zone scouting website.

The full class will be announced between April 15 and Aug. 1 when the NCAA signing period resumes.

Rising sophomore forward Josiah Slavin (13 points, 34 games) was chosen by the Blackhawks in the seventh (193rd) in 2018.