CCHA Composite Schedule Release
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) recently announced the schedule for its 41st season of play which includes 154 conference games.
For the 2011-12 season, Ferris State and Alaska join Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Notre Dame to form a five-team group. These schools each play two games against the other 10 CCHA schools (20 games) and two additional games against the teams in their own group (eight games). Northern Michigan/Ohio State, Miami/Michigan State and Lake Superior State/Michigan comprise a six-team group of "partners." These teams will play two games against the other 10 CCHA schools (20 games) and two additional games against the remaining teams in their own group (8 games) except the team that they are partnered with.
Five CCHA schools - Lake Superior State, Western Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan and Alaska - begin play on Oct. 1. The Lakers travel to Alabama-Huntsville in non-conference action. Elsewhere in exhibition play the Broncos host Toronto at L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Mich., the Buckeyes host Windsor, the Wolverines take on the Ontario Institute of Technology at Yost Ice Arena and the Nanooks host the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
The following day, Oct. 2, four more CCHA schools open the season with exhibition matchups: Ferris State takes on Toronto at Ewigleben Ice Arena, Bowling Green State hosts the Ontario Institute of Technology, Miami hosts Windsor and Notre Dame hosts Western Ontario. Michigan State starts the season on Oct. 3 when the Spartans take on Western Ontario at Munn Ice Arena in Tom Anastos' first game as head coach.
Northern Michigan begins the season with a trip to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers in a non-conference matchup Oct. 7-8.
Alaska will compete in the Kendall Auto Hockey Classic at Anchorage Oct. 7-8, playing St. Cloud State the first night and Clarkson the next night. That same weekend Michigan State travels to the Ice Breaker Tournament in Grand Forks, N.D. The Spartans play Boston College Oct. 7 in their first game, and either North Dakota or Air Force on Oct. 8.
The next weekend Michigan State will take part in the first conference series of the season with a pair of games at Lake Superior State, Oct. 14-15. Ohio State also travels to Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish in both teams first conference matchups of the season on Oct.14-15. Alaska hosts the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Oct. 14-15. The Nanooks will play Mercyhurst in the first game and Nebraska-Omaha in the second.
Five of the league's 11 teams will be involved in tournaments over the holidays. Michigan and Michigan State will participate in the 47th Great Lakes Invitational Dec. 29-30 along with Michigan Tech and Boston College; Ferris State and Lake Superior State will compete in the Catamount Cup Dec. 29-30 with RIT and Vermont; Ohio State travels to Pittsburgh to play Robert Morris at the RMU Showcase on Dec. 30.
The CCHA playoff format features two rounds of action at campus sites. The CCHA Tournament will commence with the first round during the weekend of March 2-4 when the teams placing 6-7-8 during the regular season play host to the squads finishing 11-10-9, respectively. The second round of the postseason, or quarterfinals, takes place March 9-11, with the top three regular-season finishers hosting the first-round winners and the fourth seed hosting the fifth seed. Four teams will converge on Joe Louis Arena for the 31st annual CCHA Championship on March 16-17.
The NCAA Regionals are scheduled for March 23-25 in Bridgeport, Conn. (East), Green Bay, Wis. (Midwest), St. Paul, Minn. (West) and Worcester, Mass. (Northeast). The season will come to an end with the NCAA Men's Frozen Four April 5-7 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
Other schedule highlights include:
Notre Dame travels to defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth for a series Oct. 7-8, then hosts RPI, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season on Oct. 21 and plays its first conference series at the brand new Compton Family Ice Arena Nov. 11-12 against Alaska.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, defending CCHA playoff champion Miami heads west to take on Providence (Nov. 25) and Denver (Nov. 26) at the Denver Cup. Regular-season champion Michigan plays host to Northeastern (Nov. 25) and Union (Nov. 27) and Michigan State hosts Minnesota Nov. 25-26.
Western Michigan welcomes Minnesota-Duluth for a series Jan. 6-7 at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich and faces Miami on the road Jan. 20-21 in a rematch of last year's CCHA Championship final.
A full composite schedule can be found at the link below. All dates and times are subject to change.
CCHA Composite Schedule Release