Three schools that have combined to win the past five national titles will visit World Arena in the second half of the 2006-07 college hockey season. Colorado College will host defending champ Wisconsin, Minnesota and Denver — as well as North Dakota, which has reached the Frozen Four the past two seasons — in the latter part of the 38-game schedule, which was released Tuesday. The Tigers, who went 24-16-2 and lost to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season, will play 21 home games, including series against North Dakota (Jan. 5-6), Wisconsin (Feb. 2-3) and Minnesota (Feb. 16-17). CC plays Denver twice at World Arena — Dec. 1 and March 3, the regular-season finale. Denver hosts CC on Dec. 2 and March 2. Because of the rotating WCHA schedule, CC will not play series at Wisconsin or Alaska Anchorage, and Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State will not play at World Arena. CC will play four games each against Denver, Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Minnesota-State Mankato and North Dakota. CC’s regular-season opener is Oct. 6 at Air Force, which has lost 23 straight games to the Tigers. CC will host the University of Calgary in an Oct. 1 exhibition game and Alabama-Huntsville in an Oct. 7 nonconference game. The Tigers meet Nebraska-Omaha and Merrimack in the Nye Frontier Classic, scheduled for Oct. 13-14 in Anchorage, Alaska. They’ll also play 2006 NCAA Tournament qualifier New Hampshire (Oct. 20-21) and College Hockey America Tournament champion Bemidji State (Dec. 29-30) in nonconference series at World Arena. CC opens the WCHA season Oct. 27-28 at Minnesota, then hosts Michigan Tech and Mankato. The Tigers also host Alaska Anchorage and the U.S. National Team Development Program under-18 team in a Jan. 20 exhibition game. In addition to Minnesota, CC travels to North Dakota, Duluth, Michigan Tech, St. Cloud State and Mankato. “It lays out tough again in league play the second half of the year,” said CC coach Scott Owens, whose team finished tied for fourth in the WCHA last season. “We’re going to have to try to capture every point we can. Anything we can get the first half will help us.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or email@example.com Schedule Colorado College Hockey 2006-07 All times listed are Mountain time. Date Opponent Time October 1 University of Calgary 7:07 PM (Exhibition) October 6 at United States Air Force Academy 7:07 PM October 7 University of Alabama-Huntsville 7:07 PM October 13/14 Nye Frontier Classic – Anchorage, Alaska CC vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha 7:07 PM CC vs. Merrimack College 6:07 PM October 20/21 University of New Hampshire 7:37/7:07 PM October 27/28 at University of Minnesota 6:07/6:07 PM November 3/4 Michigan Technological University 7:37/7:07 PM November 17/18 Minnesota State University-Mankato 7:37/7:07 PM November 24/25 at University of North Dakota 6:07/6:07 PM December 1 University of Denver 7:37 PM December 2 at University of Denver 7:07 PM December 8/9 University of Alaska-Anchorage 7:37/7:07 PM December 29/30 Bemidji State University 7:37/7:07 PM January 5/6 University of North Dakota 7:37/7:07 PM January 12/13 University of Minnesota-Duluth 6:07/6:07 PM January 20 Under-18 US National Team 2 PM (Exhibition) January 26/27 at Michigan Technological University 5:07/5:07 PM February 2/3 University of Wisconsin 7:35/7:07 PM February 9/10 at St. Cloud State University 6:07/6:07 PM February 16/17 University of Minnesota 7:37/7:07 PM February 23/24 at Minnesota State University-Mankato 6:07/6:07 PM March 2 at University of Denver 7:37 PM March 3 University of Denver 7:07 PM March 9-11 WCHA 1st Round Playoffs TBD March 15-17 WCHA Final Five TBD March 23-25 NCAA Regional Championships TBD April 5-7 NCAA Frozen Four TBD
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