COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) made changes to its 2020-21 schedule on Friday, which were approved by the NCHC’s Athletic Council. The changes were necessary due to a positive COVID-19 test and quarantine requirements for the entire Colorado College team, forcing the Tigers to delay the start of their season.
The Pod will still begin on Tuesday, Dec. 1 as scheduled at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Baxter Arena. Colorado College’s first four games have been adjusted, with two games being moved to later in the Pod and two being postponed to the second portion of the season.
The Tigers’ scheduled opening game against host Omaha was moved to the end of the Pod, which is now being extended by one day to Monday, Dec. 21 (12:05 p.m. CT). Omaha will now open play on Dec. 1 against Minnesota Duluth, a game that was moved up from Dec. 20 to give both teams more games the first week of the Pod.
CC’s other game moved to later in the Pod was the scheduled Dec. 5 game against Western Michigan, which will now be the Tigers’ season opener on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 11:35 a.m. CT. Colorado College’s scheduled games against St. Cloud State on Dec. 3 an Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 6 have been postponed to the second portion of the season. Dates for those games are still to be determined.
One other game was also adjusted, as the Minnesota Duluth vs. Miami game scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4 has now moved to Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4:05 p.m. CT to allow for better balance in the schedule. All game times on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13 were also adjusted to provide a more equal balance of start times among teams, but no dates or opponents were changed.
A summary of changes from the original NCHC Pod schedule:
A total of 38 games will now be played in the Pod between Dec. 1 and Dec. 21, with all games available on NCHC.tv and Midco Sports Network.