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Gophers hockey 2014-2015 schedule released, season opens on the road

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: May 22, 2014 - 2:37 PM

The national runner-up Gophers' 2014-2015 schedule was released on Thursday morning and features two home-and-home series with in-state rivals.

The Gophers open on the road for the first time in five years with a neutral site matchup against Minnesota Duluth at the Ice Breaker Tournament hosted by Notre Dame.

The home campaign begins the weekend of Oct. 24-25 against Bemidji State, followed by a home-and-home series with St. Cloud State. Notre Dame will come to Mariucci Arena Nov. 7-8, and the Gophers and Minnesota Duluth will split a home-and-home series, Nov. 14-15.

The Gophers close out November with a trip to Boston College and Northeastern before traveling to Michigan State to open Big Ten competition the first weekend of December.

The New Year's Mariucci Classic will feature Massachusetts-Lowell, RIT and Merrimack. The North Star College Cup will rotate in Bemidji State with Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth and the Gophers.

The Big Ten Conference schedule is tentative and dates will be finalized based on the Big Ten Network's TV coverage. The Big Ten Hockey Tournament will be played in Detroit this year.

Full Gophers 2014-2015 schedule:

UPDATE: Exhibition games added with Northern Alberta Institute of Technology on Oct. 4 and the U.S. National U-18 Developmental Team on Nov. 21.

10/10/14

vs. Minnesota Duluth (Ice Breaker Tournament)

South Bend, Ind.

TBA

10/12/14

RPI/Notre Dame (Ice Breaker Tournament)

South Bend, Ind.

TBA

10/24/14

vs. Bemidji St

Mariucci Arena

TBA

10/25/14

vs. Bemidji St

Mariucci Arena

TBA

10/31/14

vs. St. Cloud State (Home-and-home series)

TBD

TBA

11/01/14

vs. St. Cloud State (Home-and-home series)

TBD

TBA

11/07/14

vs. Notre Dame

Mariucci Arena

TBA

11/08/14

vs. Notre Dame

Mariucci Arena

TBA

11/14/14

vs. Minnesota Duluth

Mariucci Arena

TBA

11/15/14

at Minnesota Duluth

Duluth, Minn.

TBA

11/28/14

at Boston College

Boston, Mass.

TBA

11/29/14

at Northeastern

Boston, Mass.

TBA

12/05/14

at Michigan State *

East Lansing, Mich.

TBA

12/06/14

at Michigan State *

East Lansing, Mich.

TBA

01/02/15

UMass-Lowell, RPI, Merrimack (Marriucci Classic)

Mariucci Arena

TBA

01/03/15

UMass-Lowell, RPI, Merrimack (Marriucci Classic)

Mariucci Arena

TBA

01/08/15

at Michigan (Tentative date) *

Ann Arbor, Mich.

TBA

01/09/15

at Michigan *

Ann Arbor, Mich.

TBA

01/10/15

at Michigan (Tentative date) *

Ann Arbor, Mich.

TBA

01/15/15

vs. Wisconsin (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

01/16/15

vs. Wisconsin *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

01/17/15

vs. Wisconsin (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

01/23/15

vs. Minnesota State (North Star College Cup)

Xcel Energy Center

TBA

01/24/15

Minnesota Duluth/Bemidji State (North Star College Cup)

Xcel Energy Center

TBA

01/29/15

at Wisconsin (Tentative date) *

Madison, Wis.

TBA

01/30/15

at Wisconsin *

Madison, Wis.

TBA

01/31/15

at Wisconsin (Tentative date) *

Madison, Wis.

TBA

02/05/15

vs. Ohio State (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/06/15

vs. Ohio State *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/07/15

vs. Ohio State (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/12/15

vs. Michigan (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/13/15

vs. Michigan (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/14/15

vs. Michigan (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/15/15

vs. Michigan (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/19/15

at Penn State (Tentative date) *

State College, Pa.

TBA

02/20/15

at Penn State *

State College, Pa.

TBA

02/21/15

at Penn State (Tentative date) *

State College, Pa.

TBA

02/26/15

vs. Michigan State (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/27/15

vs. Michigan State (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

02/28/15

vs. Michigan State (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

03/01/15

vs. Michigan State (Tentative date) *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

03/06/15

at Ohio State *

Columbus, Ohio

TBA

03/07/15

at Ohio State *

Columbus, Ohio

TBA

03/13/15

vs. Penn State *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

03/14/15

vs. Penn State *

Mariucci Arena

TBA

*Big Ten Conference game

Note: Tentative dates will be affected by Big Ten Network TV schedule. Each weekend series is only two games. See below Big Ten schedule and asterisk notes for more clarification.

201415 BIG TEN HOCKEY SCHEDULE
(Gophers conference matchups in bold)

Thursday or Friday Nov. 20 or 21 Michigan State at Ohio State*
Friday or Saturday Nov. 21 or 22 Michigan State at Ohio State*
Friday Nov. 21 Penn State at Michigan
Saturday Nov. 22 Penn State at Michigan
Friday Dec. 5 Ohio State at Michigan
Friday Dec. 5 Minnesota at Michigan State
Friday Dec. 5 Penn State at Wisconsin
Saturday Dec. 6 Minnesota at Michigan State
Saturday Dec. 6 Penn State at Wisconsin
Thursday or Saturday Jan. 8 or 10 Minnesota at Michigan**
Friday Jan. 9 Minnesota at Michigan**
Friday Jan. 9 Ohio State at Penn State
Saturday Jan. 10 Ohio State at Penn State
Thursday or Saturday Jan. 15 or 17 Wisconsin at Minnesota**
Friday Jan. 16 Wisconsin at Minnesota**
Friday Jan. 16 Michigan at Ohio State
Friday Jan. 16 Michigan State at Penn State
Saturday Jan. 17 Michigan State at Penn State
Friday or Sunday Jan. 23 or 25 Ohio State at Michigan State***
Friday or Sunday Jan. 23 or 25 Michigan at Wisconsin***
Saturday Jan. 24 Ohio State at Michigan State***
Saturday Jan. 24 Michigan at Wisconsin***
Thursday or Saturday Jan. 29 or 31 Minnesota at Wisconsin**
Friday Jan. 30 Michigan at Michigan State
Friday Jan. 30 Minnesota at Wisconsin**
Thursday or Saturday Feb. 5 or 7 Ohio State at Minnesota**
Friday Feb. 6 Ohio State at Minnesota**
Friday Feb. 6 Wisconsin at Penn State
Saturday Feb. 7 Michigan State at Michigan
Saturday Feb. 7 Wisconsin at Penn State
Thurs., Fri. or Sat. Feb. 12, 13 or 14 Michigan at Minnesota****
Fri., Sat. or Sun. Feb. 13, 14 or 15 Michigan at Minnesota****

Friday or Sunday Feb. 13 or 15 Penn State at Michigan State***
Friday or Sunday Feb. 13 or 15 Wisconsin at Ohio State***
Saturday Feb. 14 Penn State at Michigan State***
Saturday Feb. 14 Wisconsin at Ohio State***
Thursday or Saturday Feb. 19 or 21 Minnesota at Penn State**
Friday Feb. 20 Michigan at Ohio State
Friday Feb. 20 Minnesota at Penn State**
Friday Feb. 20 Michigan State at Wisconsin
Saturday Feb. 21 Michigan State at Wisconsin
Sunday Feb. 22 Ohio State at Michigan
Thurs., Fri. or Sat. Feb. 26, 27 or 28 Michigan State at Minnesota****
Fri., Sat. or Sun. Feb. 27, 28 or March 1 Michigan State at Minnesota****

Friday or Sunday Feb. 27 or March 1 Wisconsin at Michigan***
Friday or Sunday Feb. 27 or March 1 Penn State at Ohio State***
Saturday Feb. 28 Wisconsin at Michigan***
Saturday Feb. 28 Penn State at Ohio State***
Friday March 6 Wisconsin at Michigan State
Friday March 6 Minnesota at Ohio State
Friday March 6 Michigan at Penn State
Saturday March 7 Wisconsin at Michigan State
Saturday March 7 Minnesota at Ohio State
Saturday March 7 Michigan at Penn State
Friday March 13 Michigan at Michigan State
Friday March 13 Penn State at Minnesota
Friday March 13 Ohio State at Wisconsin
Saturday March 14 Michigan State at Michigan
Saturday March 14 Penn State at Minnesota
Saturday March 14 Ohio State at Wisconsin

Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament (Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.)
Thursday March 19 Quarterfinals
Friday March 20 Semifinals
Saturday March 21 Championship Game

* Series will be played Thursday/Friday or Friday/Saturday.

** One game of this two‐game series will be played on Friday while the other will be played on Thursday or Saturday.

*** One game of this two‐game series will be played on Saturday while the other will be played on Friday or Sunday.

**** Series will be played Thursday/Friday, Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.

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Towson 97
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Miss Valley St 52 FINAL
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Radford 50 FINAL
TCU 74
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Carroll (MT) 52 FINAL
Montana 75
Florida A&M 33 FINAL
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Auburn 71 FINAL
Oregon State 69
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Stetson 41 FINAL
Wyoming 65
Northern Ky 60 FINAL
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Northwestern 42 FINAL
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Alabama State 68 FINAL
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Portland State 63 FINAL
CS-Northridge 55
Tulsa 58 FINAL
Oklahoma State 73
Pacific 71 FINAL
Alaska-Anchorage 62
Missouri State 61 FINAL
Colorado State 76
Ohio U 24 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 21
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Texas A&M
(6) TCU 6:30 PM
Texas
Northern Ill 11/28/14 10:00 AM
Western Mich
Nebraska 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
Western Ky 11/28/14 11:00 AM
(19) Marshall
UCF 11/28/14 11:00 AM
So Florida
Houston 11/28/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Akron 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Kent State
Ball State 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Bowling Green
Buffalo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Massachusetts
Toledo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Arkansas 11/28/14 1:30 PM
(17) Missouri
Navy 11/28/14 2:00 PM
South Alabama
(13) Arizona State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(12) Arizona
Stanford 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(9) UCLA
(21) Colorado State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
Virginia 11/28/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
East Carolina 11/28/14 7:30 PM
Tulsa
North Texas 11/29/14 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(16) Georgia Tech 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(8) Georgia
Kentucky 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(24) Louisville
So Carolina 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(23) Clemson
West Virginia 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Indiana
Illinois 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Northwestern
Cincinnati 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Temple
NC State 11/29/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Troy
Utah 11/29/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Texas State 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 11/29/14 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 11/29/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 11/29/14 2:30 PM
USC
(10) Michigan State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Penn State
(22) Minnesota 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(5) Baylor 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
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Maryland
San Jose St 11/29/14 2:30 PM
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(11) Kansas State
Connecticut 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Memphis
BYU 11/29/14 3:30 PM
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ULM 11/29/14 5:00 PM
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Middle Tennessee 11/29/14 6:00 PM
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Hawaii 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Duke
Pittsburgh 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
(15) Auburn 11/29/14 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 11/29/14 7:00 PM
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Utah State 11/29/14 9:15 PM
(25) Boise State
Washington 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
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Hamilton 11/30/14 5:00 PM
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Kennesaw St 74 FINAL
Seton Hall 77
Northern Ill 46 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 55
Illinois-Chicago 40 FINAL
Northwestern 61
UT Martin 75 FINAL
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Binghamton 52
Radford 47 FINAL
Pittsburgh 72
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Cornell 58
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