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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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