MARQUETTE - Four Northern Michigan University hockey opponents will make their final visit to the Berry Events Center as conference foes in 2012-13 before departing for other leagues, including two from the Big Ten.
The Wildcats, who themselves are bolting from the CCHA to the WCHA at season's end, host the Big Ten's Michigan on Nov. 2-3 and Ohio State on Jan. 18-19 in Marquette.
Northern opens CCHA play for the final time Oct. 26-27 against Notre Dame, who's leaving for Hockey East.
The Northern Michigan University hockey team will host the Wisconsin Badgers Oct. 12-13 at the Resch Center — shown here hosting the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional — in Green Bay to start the 2012-13 season. NMU and UW have reached a deal to extend their scheduling another four years beyond 2012-13 with two series in Green Bay and two in Madison. (Journal file photo by Matt Wellens)
Miami, who will join Western Michigan in the NCHC, comes to Marquette Jan. 11-12.
The Wildcats also host future WCHA rivals Alaska on Nov. 23-24; Michigan Tech on Dec. 4; 2011-12 national runner up Ferris State on Feb. 8-9; and Lake Superior State in the regular season finale on March 1-2.
The Wildcats hit the road in conference play at Miami, Ohio State, Western, LSSU, Alaska, Michigan State and Bowling Green State. Nonconference road contests include trips to Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State and MTU.
Northern opens the season with a Sunday exhibition against Brock University at the BEC, followed by a regular season opener for the second-straight season against the Big Ten's Wisconsin Badgers, this time on Oct. 12-13 at the Resch Center in Green Bay with NMU as the hosts.
The Wildcats last hosted the Badgers in the season opener in Green Bay in 2006 following Wisconsin's national championship run.
The Badgers took three of four points with a win and tie, but the two-game NMU home series drew 12,145 fans compared to the 8,520 NMU can pack in two games at the BEC.
The October meeting between the Badgers and Wildcats will be the first of three series over the next five seasons played in Green Bay.
The other two series will take place in Madison, Wis., as part of a four-year scheduling agreement between the two schools on top of the current contract for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
2012-13 NMU Hockey Schedule
All times Eastern
Oct. 7 Brock University (ex.) 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 Wisconsin (Green Bay) 8:05 p.m.
Oct. 13 Wisconsin (Green Bay) 8:05 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Nebraska-Omaha 8:37 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Nebraska-Omaha 8:07 p.m.
Oct. 26 Notre Dame 7:35 p.m.
Oct. 27 Notre Dame 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 2 Michigan 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 3 Michigan 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Miami 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 10 at Miami 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 16 at Ohio State 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 17 at Ohio State 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 23 Alaska 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 24 Alaska 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 30 at Western Michigan 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Western Michigan 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 4 Michigan Tech 7:35 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Lake Superior 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Lake Superior 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 4 at St. Cloud State 8:37 p.m.
Jan. 5 at St. Cloud State 8:07 p.m.
Jan. 11 Miami 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 12 Miami 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 18 Ohio State 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 19 Ohio State 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 25 at Alaska 11:05 p.m.
Jan. 26 at Alaska 11:05 p.m.
Feb. 8 Ferris State 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 9 Ferris State7:35 p.m.
Feb. 12 at Michigan Tech 7:07 p.m.
Feb. 15 at Michigan State 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 16 at Michigan State 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 22 at Bowling Green State 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 23 at Bowling Green State 7:05 p.m.
March 1 Lake Superior State 7:35 p.m.
March 2 Lake Superior State 7:35 p.m.