ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NCHC went with an unbalanced schedule last season and St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth ended up playing one another six times during the regular season and then were fortunate enough to face one another in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals again.
The seven meetings did not hurt the two teams, both of which made it to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pa. The rivals have four conference regular season games scheduled for the 2021-22 season as the NCHC is hoping to get back to a traditional schedule.
The Huskies will play host to the Bulldogs on Jan. 7-8 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The two teams will also face one another March 4-5 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth to finish the regular season. Last season, second place in the conference standings came down to the last game of the regular season, a 4-3 overtime win for the Huskies over the Bulldogs at the Brooks Center.
The month of January figures to be a tough one for the Huskies, who will play a road series Jan. 14-15 at Denver, play host to Miami on Jan. 21-22 and then finish the month with a road series at North Dakota on Jan. 28-29 at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks have won the back-to-back Penrose Cups as regular season champions and beat the Huskies 5-3 in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game last season.
Since the conference's first season in 2013-14, the Huskies have won the Penrose Cup three times (2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19).
Here is a look at the 2021-22 NCHC schedule for the Huskies (home games in bold):
Nov. 5-6 — at Colorado College
Nov. 12-13 — vs. Nebraska Omaha
Nov. 19-20 — at Western Michigan
Dec. 3-4 — vs. North Dakota
Jan. 7-8 — vs. Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 14-15 — at Denver
Jan. 21-22 — vs. Miami
Jan. 28-29 — at North Dakota
Feb. 4-5 — vs. Western Michigan
Feb. 18-19 — at Nebraska Omaha
Feb. 25-26 — vs. Colorado College
March 4-5 — at Minnesota Duluth
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