Mankato State announced its schedule for the 1997-98 hockey season this week, including 14 games against members of the WCHA, as the school looks to fully upgrade to Division I.
All 34 games on the Mankato State schedule are against Division I opponents. This season, Mankato’s schedule featured 17 games against Division I programs and the Mavericks went 7-9-1 in those games. Mankato State finished the 1996-97 season with a 17-14-3 record.
Mankato State will play two games each with Michigan State and Ferris State of the CCHA, as well as hosting a pair against Union of the ECAC, and eight games against fellow Division I Independents Air Force, Niagara and Nebraska-Omaha.
Eight of the teams on Mankato State’s 1997-98 schedule either are ranked, have been ranked or have received votes to be ranked during this season. Those teams are North Dakota, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado College, Denver, St. Cloud State, Michigan State and Union.