MANKATO — The Minnesota State men’s hockey team will open the 2014-15 season with three road games against former WCHA rivals, play 17 regular-season games at home and will change the start time to its Friday-night games
The defending Broadmoor Trophy champions will open the season Oct. 10-11 with a two-game series at Nebraska Omaha and play at Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 17.
Their home schedule will begin on Saturday, Oct. 18 when they host Minnesota Duluth. That evening also will be Hockey Night in Mankato. The following weekend, Oct. 24-25, MSU will open WCHA play at home against Alabama Huntsville.
In a change, all home games will begin at 7:07 p.m. In the past, Friday-night games began at 7:37 p.m.
The home schedule includes a nonconference series against Princeton on Dec. 12-13 against Princeton, as well as conference series against Bemidji State (Nov. 7-8), Alaska (Dec. 5-6), Lake Superior State (Jan. 9-10), Ferris State (Jan. 30-31), Alaska Anchorage (Feb. 6-7) and Michigan Tech (Feb. 27-28).
They also plan to play a home exhibition game on Oct. 5 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
The Mavericks went 16-1-1 at the Verizon Wireless Center last season and set a school record with an overall mark of 26-14-1.
On the road, the Mavericks will again play in the North Star College Cup tournament in St. Paul on Jan. 23-24.
They will open the tournament against Minnesota and play either Minnesota Duluth or Bemidji State the next day.
Other road opponents include Bowling Green (Oct. 31-Nov. 1), Michigan Tech (Nov. 21-22), Lake Superior State (Nov. 28-29), Northern Michigan (Jan. 2-3), Ferris State (Jan. 16-17), Alaska (Feb. 13-14) and Bemidji State (March 6-7).
The first round of the WCHA playoffs will take place March 13-15 at home sites, and the Final Five will be held March 20-21 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the MSU Athletics office at (507) 389-6111 during regular business hours.