June 8, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— The WCHA released its composite schedule for the 2017-18 season on Thursday, giving hockey fans a glimpse at weekend opponents for the upcoming season.
As with the other six WCHA institutions, 24 of Ohio State’s 34 games will come against conference foes. WCHA play for the Buckeyes will begin with a trip to Minnesota the first full weekend in October. The weekend date with the Golden Gophers will be followed up by five consecutive weekends of conference games. Minnesota Duluth comes to Columbus the weekend of Oct. 13-15, then the Buckeyes hit the road for back-to-back series at St. Cloud State and 2017 conference champion Wisconsin. Ohio State will return to OSU Ice Rink for a pair of games against Minnesota State before returning to the state of Minnesota for a road series at Bemidji State to take on the Beavers.
The season series with St. Cloud State concludes the first weekend in December when the Huskies pay the Buckeyes a visit. Conference play picks back up on Jan. 19-21 when Minnesota comes to town; that series will be followed by a trip to Minnesota Duluth, a visit from Wisconsin, and a trip to Minnesota State before the final regular season series of the season Feb. 16-18: a pair of home games against Bemidji State.
The 2018 WCHA Tournament will begin Feb. 23 with three WCHA Quarterfinal series. Higher seeds will host these best-of-three series with the winners advancing to the WCHA Final Face-Off, to be held the first weekend in March. The number one seed will have a bye and earn a spot at the Final Face-Off automatically.
Ohio State’s schedule will feature 10 games against non-conference opponents. The Buckeyes’ 2017-18 season begins with a home series against RPI the final weekend of September and the next non-conference series comes Thanksgiving weekend with a trip to Robert Morris. A stretch of three consecutive series against non-WCHA opponents begins with a trip to Mercyhurst on Dec. 15-17, followed by home games against Penn State and Robert Morris in early January.
Last year, the Buckeyes opened their season against RPI as well, sweeping the Engineers by a combined score of 7-1. As has been the case the last few years, Ohio State and Penn State will play the first weekend after the first of the year in January, with the series returning to Columbus this season. As for Mercyhurst and Robert Morris it will be the first time since the 2014-15 season the Buckeyes will face off on the ice with both teams.
Specific game times will be announced at a later date.