UAA today unveiled its 2013-14 schedule in the revamped WCHA, and maybe the best news for the Seawolves is they will only have to make one trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where three teams in the revamped (Lake Superior State, which UAA will visit; Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan) reside.
Of course, UAA will have a trio to Alabama-Huntsville, which is some serious traveling.
The 2013-14 schedule includes a pumped-up Governor's Cup with UAF (four total games instead of the usual two, and all four double as league games) and two very strong tournament fields. UAA's season-opening Kendall Hockey Classic will feature current No. 1 Quinnipiac, Air Force and UAF, and UAF's Brice Goal Rush the following weekend features current No. 9 Western Michigan, current No. 12 Denver and UAF -- UAA does not play UAF in those tournaments.
The Governor's Cup will involve two games at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage in early December and two games at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks in early March.
Still, UAA's strength of schedule won't be as strong as usual. This season, the Seawolves play seven teams, all in the WCHA, that are currently ranked in the USCHO Top 20. Next season, UAA plays five teams that are currently in the Top 20, though only one of those teams, current No. 10 Minnesota State-Mankato, is in the revamped WCHA.
UAA will also have a non-conference series at Wisconsin, currently No. 14.
The 2013-14 WCHA schedule of 28 games for the Seawolves includes four games each against UAF, Bowling Green, Mankato, Lake Superior State and Huntsville. Scheduled for two games each are Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Ferris State and Bemidji State.