Rink and Run blog: WCHA women's season a month away
If you think the men’s WCHA season is getting close, take a look at the women’s schedule. Exhibition games are just a month away, starting Sept. 24. The league sent a preseason release Friday which is here.
A composite women’s schedule for 2010-11 is here.
Minnesota Duluth is the reigning league regular-season co-champion, and defending WCHA playoff and Division I champion.
The first paragraphs of the league press release go something like this:
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s women’s league, sporting a record 11 consecutive national team championships since it’s founding in 1999, has released the 2010-11 composite schedule, highlighted by the appearance of the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF on March 4-5 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., and the opening of new arenas at league-members Bemidji State and defending national champion Minnesota Duluth.
Under the leadership of Associate Commissioner Sara R. Martin, the WCHA continues to set the pace in women’s collegiate ice hockey.
“This will certainly be an exciting year for us, with two of our programs – Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth – opening new arenas. The Robert M. Peters Rink at the Bemidji Regional Events Center (4,500) and Amsoil Arena (6,600) in Duluth are state of the art facilities that will provide great amenities for teams and fans,” said Martin.
Bemidji State will play it’s first game in the new building on Oct. 15, when the Beavers host eastern power Mercyhurst for a two-game non-conference series. Minnesota Duluth will officially open Amsoil Arena on Dec. 30 with the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame men’s game between the Bulldogs and North Dakota while the women’s team will first play in the new facility Jan. 21-22 against WCHA-foe Wisconsin.