ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The St. Cloud State and the other seven teams in the NCHC finally have a 26-game regular season schedule for the 2020-21 season. The conference released the schedule on Monday, Nov. 9.
The NCHC will open the season in a pod at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. Each team will play 10 games between Dec. 1-20.
The Huskies will open with Western Michigan on Dec. 1. In a typical season, teams would play two-game series at the home sites of the teams playing. For the pod, all games will be played at Baxter Arena and teams will play Tuesdays-Sundays. There will be 2-3 NCHC games played per game days. Game times have not been announced, but all games will be available to be seen on NCHC.tv. There has been no announcement about whether or not fans will be allowed to watch games in person.
St. Cloud State opens with Western Michigan on Dec. 1. The rest of that opening week, the Huskies will play Colorado College (Dec. 3), Denver (Dec. 5) and Nebraska Omaha (Dec. 6).
"Obviously, the team and the staff is excited to get the schedule out and really looking forward to those 10 games in Omaha," St. Cloud State head coach Brett Larson said. "It's going to be a lot of fun and the guys are really looking forward to it. Obviously, we're starting with a team that our assistant coach (Dave Shyiak) knows something about."
Shyiak spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach under Andy Murray at Western Michigan. The Huskies and Broncos were set to open the first round of the NCHC playoffs in March in Kalamazoo, Mich., when the postseason was cancelled last season.
Once St. Cloud State gets out of the pod, its remaining regular season games will be against UMD, Western Michigan and Miami.
After the Huskies get back from the pod, their first game will be on Jan. 1 against Minnesota Duluth at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies and Bulldogs conclude that two-game series with a game Jan. 2 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. St. Cloud State and UMD will have another home-and-home series Jan. 8-9 and finish the regular season with a two-game home-and-home series against one another Feb. 26-27.
St. Cloud State will also have two three-game series this season with Miami. The Huskies will play host to Miami Jan. 21, 23-24 at the Brooks Center and then play three games in Oxford, Ohio, Feb. 11, 13-14.
The 26-game regular season schedule runs through March 6.
"The ingenuity of our membership to think creatively about how to construct a schedule that focuses on the health and safety of people associated with our programs has been impressive," NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton said in an NCHC news release. "The geography of the conference makes it nearly impossible to truly regionalize the schedule, but through this unique approach, we were able to build something that provides deserving student-athletes the competitive experiences they've earned, while prioritizing their health and safety."
The NCHC quarterfinals, which are best-of-three series, are scheduled to be played March 12-14 at the site of the higher seeds.
The NCHC Frozen Faceoff is scheduled for March 19-20 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
2020-21 SCSU regular season schedule (game times TBA)
(Pod games at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb.)
Dec. 1 — St. Cloud State vs. Western Michigan
Dec. 3 — Colorado College vs. St. Cloud State
Dec. 5 — St. Cloud State vs. Denver
Dec. 6 — Nebraska Omaha vs. St. Cloud State
Dec. 9 — Western Michigan vs. St. Cloud State
Dec. 12 — St. Cloud State vs. North Dakota
Dec. 13 — St. Cloud State vs. Nebraska Omaha
Dec. 16 — North Dakota vs. St. Cloud State
Dec. 18 — St. Cloud State vs. Colorado College
Dec. 20 — Denver vs. St. Cloud State
Jan. 1 — Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State
Jan. 2 — St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 8 — St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 9 — Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State
Jan. 15-16 — St. Cloud State at Western Michigan
Jan. 21, 23-24 — Miami at St. Cloud State
Feb. 5-6 — Western Michigan at St. Cloud State
Feb. 11, 13-14 — St. Cloud State at Miami
Feb. 26 — Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State
Feb. 27 — St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth