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Buckeyes face three CHA teams in non-conference play

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team released its 2010-11 schedule Friday. Along with two series against each Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponent, the Buckeyes also will face three teams from the College Hockey America conference – Robert Morris, Syracuse and Wayne State.

Ohio State alternates with home and away series for the first 10 weeks of its season. After an exhibition game Oct. 2 against Wilfrid Laurier University of Ontario, the Buckeyes open regular-season play on the road at Robert Morris Oct. 8-9 in Pittsburgh. The team will then return to Columbus for its home and WCHA opener against St. Cloud State Oct. 15-16.

Also at the OSU Ice Rink during the first half of the season will be Syracuse (Oct. 29-30), Minnesota State (Nov. 12-13) and Bemidji State (Nov. 26-27). Road series in that span include Wisconsin (Oct. 22-23), North Dakota (Nov. 6-7), defending national champion Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 19-20) and NCAA Frozen Four participant Minnesota (Dec. 10-11).

After a two-week holiday break, the Buckeyes return to the ice to ring in the New Year at home against Wayne State (Dec. 31-Jan. 1), and follow with another home series against Wisconsin. Ohio State then hits the road to Minnesota State, before playing at the OSU Ice Rink for three of its next four weekends – vs. Minnesota (Jan. 21-22), North Dakota (Feb. 4-5) and Minnesota Duluth (Feb. 11-12). The UMD series will be senior weekend and then the regular season concludes with a road series at Bemidji State Feb. 18-19.

Postseason action begin with the WCHA First Round Playoffs, Feb. 23-25, with top 4 teams in the conference standings hosting the bottom four teams in a best-of-three series. Winners advance to the WCHA Final Faceoff in Minneapolis for the semifinal and championship games.

The NCAA tournament starts with regionals at host sites March 11 and 12, and the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four will be held at Mercyhurst Marsh 19 and 21 in Erie, Pa.

Click here for the complete 2010-11 Ohio State women’s hockey schedule