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Michigan State Releases 2010-11 Hockey Schedule

Michigan State made its 2010-11 hockey schedule public earlier today, giving us a look at this upcoming season's slate of games. Below is a rundown of the schedule.

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  • MSU opens the year against Western Ontario and then has a two-game series at home a week later against Maine. The non-conference schedule includes another two-game home series at the end of Oct., this time against Alabama-Huntsville.
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  • The Spartans host Alaska in the first CCHA series of the season on Oct. 22 and 23.
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  • The first road CCHA series is against Western Michigan in the first week of Nov. MSU follows that up with a home series against Ohio State and a road series at Notre Dame.
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  • The end of the first half of the season is a bit odd. The Spartans play at home against Ferris State on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Later that week, they play at Minnesota and at Wisconsin as part of the College Hockey Showcase. Ferris State is then back on the schedule with a home-and-home series on Dec. 3 and 4 before MSU wraps up the first half with The Big Chill at the Big House, which is the game being played outside at Michigan Stadium.
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  • The second half of the season gets going with the GLI, where MSU will play Colorado College in the tourney opener on Dec. 29.
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  • The second part of the CCHA schedule gets going with a home-and-home series with Michigan, a road series with Lake Superior State and a home series that brings Miami (Ohio) to Munn Arena.
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  • Michigan State will play Ferris State and Michigan on Jan. 27 and 29, respectively. Since the Spartans have single games against those two teams in the first part of the season, it is necessary to finish the series later in the year. The game against Michigan will be held at Joe Louis Arena.
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  • The homestretch of the season features a series at Ohio State, a series at home against Northern Michigan, a trip to Alaska for two games against the Nanooks and the final two games of the regular season at home against Bowling Green. Typically teams get a week off when a trip to Alaska is on the schedule because of how tiring the travel can be, but MSU will have to play the week before and the week after that series.
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