11 DAYS

11 DAYS

It's Monday, October 16.  The NCAA rules say formal practices can commence.  Let the journey begin.

Eleven short days remain until the 2017-18 regular seas begins.  Six Men's games and six Women's games are on the slate for October 27th - opening night for the NCHA.  All the Women's games are all non-conference while the Men's slate features a key conference series.  Northland and St. Scholastica will dive right in for conference points - a rematch from the Harris Cup Playoffs Quarterfinals just eight months ago.  

Last year's champs on opening weekend?  The Adrian Women - who were a goal away from the national title a year ago - will host the Bulldog Bowl, taking on Stevenson in the tournament opener and either Norwich or UW-River Falls the following day.

The Men's playoff champ last year - St. Norbert - stays idle that weekend and opens play the following weekend against Concordia Wisconsin and MSOE.  THe regular season champs - Adrian - get a good exhibition test on October 27 against the U.S. U-18 team and open regular play the following weekend against Lawrence and Marian.