NMU hockey: Wildcats return to Alaska, Alabama in 2014-15

MARQUETTE – For the second-consecutive season, the Northern Michigan University hockey team will travel to the farthest ends of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, but will only have to make one trip to and from Alaska in 2014-14 instead of the two made three months apart in 2013-14.

The Wildcats will spend two weeks in Alaska in November over the Thanksgiving holiday, playing at Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 21-22. The team will not return to Marquette until after a Nov. 28-29 series against the Alaska Nanooks in Fairbanks.

Northern plays on Jan. 16-17 at Alabama Huntsville in conference play, while hosting the Chargers at the Berry Events Center in nonconference play Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 as part of an agreement made prior to last season and prior to UAH being admitted to the WCHA.

Other nonconference series include NMU hosting Wisconsin on Oct. 17-18 in Green Bay to open the regular season; a trip Jan. 23-24 to Penn State; and a final nonconference series Feb. 6-7 at Minnesota Duluth.

The Wildcats open WCHA play Oct. 24-25 at Lake Superior State, then close conference play and the regular season with four-straight games against U.P. rivals – Feb. 27-28 vs. LSSU in Marquette, March 6 at Michigan Tech and March 7 vs. the Huskies in Marquette.

The first series between Tech and Northern takes place Jan. 9-10 with NMU hosting Game 1 and MTU hosting Game 2.

Other home series for the Wildcats include defending WCHA regular season MacNaughton champion Ferris State on Nov. 7-8, Bowling Green on Dec. 5-6, Minnesota State on Jan. 2-3, UAA on Jan. 30-31 and Bemidji State on Feb. 13-14.

FSU, BGSU, MSU and UAA were all apart of the WCHA Final Five in 2013-13 with the Mavericks winning the Broadmoor Trophy.

Other road series for Northern include Dec. 12-13 at BSU and Feb. 20-21 at BGSU.

All home games at the Berry Events Center in 2014-15 are scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m.

The first round of the WCHA playoffs will take place March 13-15, with the Final Five happening March 20-21 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Bye weekends for NMU are Nov. 14-15, Dec. 19-20 and Dec. 26-27.

All NMU home games are scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Season tickets go on sale June 2.