UNO releases 2012-13 regular season schedule

Untitled Nebraska Omaha released its 36-game men’s ice hockey schedule for the 2012-13 season Wednesday, with the campaign’s exhibition curtain-raiser scheduled for Oct. 8 against the University of Lethbridge.

The Mavericks’ 16th season then begins in earnest the following week at the Icebreaker Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.. UNO will start tournament play against Army on Oct. 12 before facing either Notre Dame or Maine the following night.

In UNO’s final season of WCHA play, the Mavericks are in a scheduling pod with travel partner Bemidji State as well as Minnesota Duluth and Michigan Tech. All four teams will play each other twice home and twice on the road in 2012-13, and the same will take place with the other two pods that envelop the remaining eight teams in the league.

The standout event on the Mavericks’ home slate is the outdoor game against North Dakota on Feb. 9, where the teams are set to square off at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Ballpark.

The baseball stadium is primarily home to the NCAA Men’s College World Series and Creighton University baseball, but it has also hosted the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks football team as well as several concert events.

The Icebreaker aside, UNO will play three more non-conference series in 2012-13.

Former CCHA rival Northern Michigan comes to CenturyLink Center on Oct. 19-20, Alabama-Huntsville arrives in Omaha for a two-game set on Thanksgiving weekend, and UNO travels to Hampden, Conn. to face ECAC Hockey’s Quinnipiac University Dec. 29-30.

UNO’s 2012-13 schedule in full, with home games listed in bold.:

OCTOBER:
8: Lethbridge (Exhib.)
12: Army (@ Kansas City, Mo. – Icebreaker Tournament)
13: Notre Dame or Maine (@ Kansas City, Mo. – Icebreaker
Tournament)
19: Northern Michigan
20: Northern Michigan
26: Bemidji state
27: Bemidji State

NOVEMBER:
2: at Michigan Tech
3: at Michigan Tech
10: Minnesota Duluth
11: Minnesota Duluth
23: Alabama-Huntsville
24: Alabama-Huntsville
30: at Minnesota

DECEMBER:
1: at Minnesota
7: at St. Cloud State
8: at St. Cloud State
14: Minnesota State
15: Minnesota State
29: at Quinnipiac
30: at Quinnipiac

JANUARY:
4: Colorado College
5: Colorado College
11: at Denver
12: at Denver
25: at Bemidji State
26: at Bemidji State

FEBRUARY:
1: Michigan Tech
2: Michigan Tech
8: North Dakota
9: North Dakota (@ TD Ameritrade Ballpark – Omaha, Neb.)
15: at Alaska-Anchorage
16: at Alaska Anchorage
22: USNTDP (Exhib.)

MARCH:
1: Wisconsin
2: Wisconsin
8: at Minnesota-Duluth
9: at Minnesota-Duluth
15-17: WCHA Playoffs, First Round (Campus sites TBD)
21-23: WCHA Final Five (@ St. Paul, Minn.)

What do you make of UNO’s 2012-13 schedule? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

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