2020-2021 Plans

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Re: 2020-2021 Plans

Postby AZIce » Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:54 pm

CHN has part of their 2020-21 WCHA Preview: 5 Things to watch. Online today..

https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2020/10/08_WCHA-Watch-List,-2020-21.php
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Re: 2020-2021 Plans

Postby jpfalcon09 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:19 am

ECHL announced today the Walleye won't begin their season until mid-January. Winterfest this year has been rescheduled for 2021, which of course impacts BG's scheduled game.
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Re: 2020-2021 Plans

Postby mbenecke » Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:35 pm

jpfalcon09 wrote:ECHL announced today the Walleye won't begin their season until mid-January. Winterfest this year has been rescheduled for 2021, which of course impacts BG's scheduled game.


I'm assuming we're going to be doing a reshuffled conference-only schedule anyway, but if these games stick, I would assume they will both be at home in our barn now.
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Re: 2020-2021 Plans

Postby BG84 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:14 am

The second-to-last paragraph of a CHN article about the CCHA says
Eigner noted that the WCHA finalized its 2020-21 schedule with conference play beginning Jan. 1 or 2. Additionally, each team is planning on 10 nonconference games, which are still being finalized. The schedule will be released Oct. 23.

https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/ ... espite.php
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Re: 2020-2021 Plans

Postby mbenecke » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:22 am

BG84 wrote:The second-to-last paragraph of a CHN article about the CCHA says
Eigner noted that the WCHA finalized its 2020-21 schedule with conference play beginning Jan. 1 or 2. Additionally, each team is planning on 10 nonconference games, which are still being finalized. The schedule will be released Oct. 23.

https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/ ... espite.php


With this being the case, my guess would be that we'll either see non-conference games before January 1 (my preferred option) or we'll get those exclusively on weeknights during January and February. If my math is correct, and we start January 1 while going ahead with a normal conference tournament, we could play 18 conference games (1 series against each other WCHA opponent) between 1/1 and 2/27, then play the tournament. Without a week off, that's tough - both for players' bodies and for flexibility/rescheduling purposes if there are some COVID issues.

I could also see them doing 4 teams instead of 8 for the tournament, with the semifinals being a series and the final being a single game (or perhaps a series, too). Or maybe even adding 2 off weeks and making the tournament a single weekend at a neutral site with the top 4 seeds, single elimination.

We know the NCAA isn't moving the tournament, so we need to have a champion determined the end of the night on March 20.

The only other real thing I could see them doing (again, my speculation) is getting rid of the conference tournament altogether and saying the regular season champion earns the automatic bid. If that was the case, we could play up to 24 conference games without an off week.
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