Wisconsin, North Dakota to Renew Series
CHN Staff Report
Wisconsin has become the latest team to announce a long-term scheduling deal with North Dakota, following a similar announcement from Minnesota last week.
The teams all used to be in the WCHA together, but were not scheduled to play each other anymore once they split into new conferences.
Now, starting next season, the teams have a two-game series scheduled in four of the next five seasons.
"Being able to schedule North Dakota keeps the rivalry alive that we have from the old WCHA days," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "We look forward to playing one of the top programs and testing ourselves. "Going back to my playing days, there has been great hockey games and great emotion over the years in the series and it is great to be able to continue that into the future."
North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol said, "We are excited to announce a long-term scheduling agreement with the University of Wisconsin. Most importantly, we are excited about the opportunity to continue playing another of our most traditional rivals on a long-term basis."
The two schools resume their rivalry during the 2014-15 season in Madison, Wis., at the Kohl Center. The teams will meet during the 2015-16 season at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. A year off follows, before UND returns to the Kohl Center during the 2017-18 campaign. UW revisits Grand Forks during the 2018-19 season.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series 86-65-12, dating back to 1967-68.