Bemidji State announces 2006-07 women's ice hockey schedule Beavers' 34-game slate features four tilts versus defending National Champion Wisconsin
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
May 24, 2006

BEMIDJI, Minn. - [2006-07 schedule] Bemidji State University has announced its 2006-07 women’s ice hockey schedule. The 34-game slate features 16 home games and 18 contests on the road including games versus New Hampshire and Maine to open the campaign at the University of Minnesota's Easton Shootout.

The Beavers drop the puck on their ninth season of women's ice hockey October 6 at 4:07 p.m. when they take the ice versus the University of New Hampshire to open the Easton Shootout. The following afternoon the Beavers will rekindle a series with Maine that has been idle since 2000. The contests mark the first of six games BSU will play versus non-Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponents. October 27-28, BSU will again take a break from its league schedule for its inaugural match-up with 2006 College Hockey America runner-up Niagara University and will wrap up 2006-07 non-conference play with a Thanksgiving weekend trip to the University of Vermont (Nov. 24-25)--its first ever versus the Catamounts.

The Beavers' conference schedule is arguably one of the toughest in the country and in 2006-07, for the sixth consecutive season, the Beavers will go head to head with the defending national champion on four occasions. This season, the team opens WCHA play by hosting St. Cloud State University Oct. 13-14. From there, the Beavers travel to the University of Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 21-22), home of three of the last six NCAA titles, before returning to the John S. Glas Fieldhouse for a non-conference double dip versus Niagara.

The month of November begins with four consecutive games versus WCHA competition at home. November 10-11, BSU welcomes the Ohio State University and will battle the University of Wisconsin, which is coming off WCHA regular season and tournament championships and its first ever national championship, the following weekend (Nov. 18-19).

After its trip to Vermont, the Beavers kick off a 20-game string of league games to complete the season beginning Dec. 1-2 at home versus the University of Minnesota. Then BSU loads the bus for a six-game road string spanning 29 days beginning at Minnesota State (Dec. 8-9). The Beavers then wrap up the calendar year at the University of North Dakota (Dec. 16-17) before halting play for the semester break.

With a flip of the calendar to 2007, Bemidji State kicks off its second trip through the WCHA as it takes the road to Ohio State (Jan. 6-7) before returning home to welcome North Dakota (Jan. 12-13) and Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 20-21).

After a road trip to St. Cloud State (Jan. 26-27), BSU returns to the Glas for its final home contest of the season February 2-3 versus Minnesota State.

The Beavers close the books on the 2006-07 regular season with quartet of road games at Minnesota (February 9-10) and Wisconsin (Feb. 18-19) with their sights then set on the WCHA Conference Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. Feb. 23-24.

Bemidji State finished the 2005-06 season 11-23-2 overall and 10-18-0 in WCHA play. The team returns the bulk of its roster to the ice in 2006-07 including its three top scorers in Kelly Hart, Nikki Eckebrecht and Helena Tageson as well as WCHA All-Rookie Team selection Brook Collins.