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NMU hockey: WCHA 2013-14 nonconference scheduling by the numbers

December 12, 2013
By MATT WELLENS - Journal Sports Editor (mwellens@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University hockey team is not alone this year in playing the majority of its nonconference games on the road. In 2013-14, WCHA teams play a combined 26 nonconference games at home, 42 on the road and 13 on what is considered to be neutral ice.

Seven WCHA teams, including NMU, play only two nonconference games at home while Bowling Green snagged three, Alaska four and Bemidji State five.

The Nanooks are the only WCHA team to not travel in nonconference play, but they did play two neutral ice games in a tournament in Anchorage.

Alabama-Huntsville hits the road the most at seven times while the Wildcats, Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State are away six times. Ferris State has five nonconference road games.

In an interview this fall, WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod said he pushed for the league to mandate teams play a certain percentage of nonconference games at home in order to deter teams from taking payouts for one-way trips like NMU is doing at North Dakota this weekend. The league's university presidents and athletic directors decided it was not necessary, however.

McLeod pushed for the mandate not for financial reasons, but for competitive reasons, and the league's nonconference record is backing his stance so far as to the importance of playing at home.

Fact Box

WCHA nonconference opponents

(Home/Away/Neutral)

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (2/6/0)

at Wisconsin (2)

Nebraska Omaha (2)

at Western Michigan (2)

at North Dakota (2)

ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE (2/7/1)

at Northeastern (2)

St. Cloud State (2)

at Notre Dame (Shillelagh Tournament)

vs. Northeastern/Western Michigan (Shillelagh Tournament)

at Wisconsin (2)

at Notre Dame (2)

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE (2/2/2)

Quinnipiac (Kendall Hockey Classic)

Air Force (Kendall Hockey Classic)

vs. Western Michigan (Alaska Goal Rush)

vs. Denver (Alaska Goal Rush)

at Wisconsin (2)

ALASKA (4/0/2)

vs. Air Force (Kendall Hockey Classic)

vs. Quinnipiac (Kendall Hockey Classic)

Denver (Alaska Goal Rush)

Western Michigan (Alaska Goal Rush)

Mercyhurst (2)

BEMIDJI STATE (5/3/0)

at St. Cloud State (2)

Minnesota (2)

Miami (2)

at North Dakota

North Dakota

BOWLING GREEN (3/3/2)

at Union (2)

Ohio State

Colgate (2)

at Ohio State

vs. Boston College (Three Rivers Classic)

vs. Penn State or Robert Morris (Three Rivers Classic)

FERRIS STATE (2/5/2)#

at Colgate (2)

at Mercyhurst

St. Lawrence (2)

at Michigan

at Michigan State

vs. RPI (Mariucci Classic)

vs. Minnesota or Colgate (Mariucci Classic)#

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE (2/6/0)

Robert Morris (2)

at Union (2)

at Wisconsin (2)

at Notre Dame (2)

MICHIGAN TECH (2/6/2)

at Minnesota Duluth (2)

at Notre Dame (2)

at Michigan (2)

Michigan State (2)

vs. Michigan State (GLI)

vs. Michigan/Western Michigan (GLI)

MINNESOTA STATE (2/4/2)

at Providence (2)

UConn (2)

at Minnesota (2)

vs. Minnesota Duluth (North Star College Cup)

vs. St. Cloud or Minnesota (North Star College Cup)

(2) - Indicates two-game series

# - If Ferris State plays Minnesota in the Mariucci Classic, it would play two home games, six on the road and one on neutral ice in nonconference play.

The WCHA as a whole is 21-29-9 in nonconference play with a 14-7-4 record at home, 2-3-0 mark on neutral ice and 5-19-5 record on the road. The league is 3-10-1 overall against the Big Ten, having gone 3-2-0 in its only home games against Big Ten teams. The WCHA is 0-7-0 against Hockey East with all seven games being played in Hockey East arenas.

NMU is 2-3-1 in nonconference play going into this weekend's series against Omaha, having won at home against Nebraska-Omaha and on the road at Western Michigan. Both teams, like UND, play in the new NCHC.

BSU, the team with the most home nonconference games in the WCHA, is 0-4-2 in non-league play with a home and road game to play against UND this season.

 
 

 

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