- Apr 9, 2022
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The defending WCHA regular season champions will kick off the conference schedule on Oct. 7 at home against Bemidji State.
The 26th season of Gopher women's hockey includes a 28-game regular-season conference campaign before the Maroon & Gold continue the program's quest for its eighth national title.
In addition to the 28-game regular-season conference slate and the 2022 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Faceoff Classic, the Gophers will participate in two non-conference showcases to round out the full 33-game schedule.
The Gophers will look to build on a season that saw them win the 11th WCHA regular season title in program history and enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 overall seed. Coach Frost returns for his 16th season behind the bench with a veteran roster that includes eight seniors returning for a fifth season.
Minnesota kicks off its conference schedule on Oct. 7-8, hosting Bemidji State at Ridder Arena. Conference action continues with home-and-home series against Minnesota State (Oct. 14-15) and St. Cloud State (Oct. 21-22) before Minnesota travels to Columbus for its first true road series of the season against the Buckeyes (Oct. 28-29).
WCHA play in the first half of the regular season also includes a home series against Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 4-5) and a road series with Wisconsin (Nov. 18-19). Minnesota wraps up play in 2022 with their final home-and-home series with Minnesota State (Dec. 2-3) and St. Cloud State (Dec. 9-10).
The 'U' opens the second half of the conference schedule with a series against St. Thomas for the second straight season (Jan. 13-14) before embarking on the final two road trips of the season at Bemidji State (Jan. 20-21) and Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 27-28). The Gophers host Ohio State (Feb. 3-4) and Wisconsin (Feb. 10-11) before closing out the regular season at St. Thomas (Feb. 17-18).
Minnesota's non-conference portion of the schedule will begin with a Thanksgiving road trip to Henderson, Nev., to compete in the 2022 Vegas Showcase. The Gophers will face Penn State on Nov. 25 before facing either Boston University or Yale on Nov. 26. The Gophers are 17-1-0 all-time against the three potential opponents.
To complete the non-conference schedule, the 'U' will kick off 2023 by hosting the East/West Showcase at Ridder Arena. Minnesota will face Merrimack on Jan. 6 and New Hampshire on Jan. 7. St. Cloud State rounds out the field of four teams and will also face each of the east coast opponents. The Gophers will face Merrimack for the third time in program history and first since 2017, while the team is slated to face New Hampshire for the first time since 2012.
Postseason play begins with the 2023 WCHA Conference Tournament. All eight league teams will be seeded by finish in the WCHA standings with the top four seeds each hosting the bottom four seeds in four, best-of-three quarterfinal series (Feb. 24-26). The four quarterfinal winners will move on to the WCHA Final Faceoff (March 3-4).
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will mark its 24th season in 2022-23. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 19 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 18 of a possible 21 NCAA titles), while producing eight Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 115 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The eight-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), The Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies), the University of Wisconsin (Badgers) and the University of St. Thomas (Tommies). For more information, visit wcha.com.
--Above information from Gophers news announcements.