The “Frozen Four” held a couple of years ago in Tampa showed the continuing growth and popularity of college hockey. Last year, CBS Sports Network debuted a weekly college hockey game of the week series on Friday nights featuring the top schools in the nation. The television package returns to CBS Sports Network for the 2013-14 college hockey season as the exclusive national broadcast outlet of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
CBS Sports Network will broadcast 20 regular season games with 18 featuring schools in the NCHC and two games from the Atlantic Hockey Association. The cable network will also air the NCHC Tournament semifinals on Friday, March 21 and finals on Saturday, March 22 from the Target Center in Minneapolis. The winner of that game will go to the 2014 “Frozen Four” NCAA Hockey Tournament finals in Philadelphia.
The first games of the series air on Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. with a puck doubleheader as No. 7-ranked North Dakota visits No. 2-ranked Miami (OH), followed by Minnesota Duluth at Colorado College at 9:30 p.m.
Ben Holden will handle the play-by-play with Dave Starman as the lead analyst. Shireen Saski returns as rink-side reporter doing pre, post and between period interviews and features.
I spoke with Shireen Saski and her husband Dave Starman on “Sports Talk” earlier this week. Click here to listen to the interview.
CBS Sports Network is available on most Tampa Bay area cable systems usually as part of a sports tier package.
The complete 2013-14 college hockey schedule follows:
Oct. 18 (Fri.) No. 7 North Dakota at No. 2 Miami 7:00 PM
Minnesota Duluth at Colorado College 9:30 PM
Nov. 15 (Fri.) No. 3 Wisconsin at No. 2 Miami 6:30 PM
No. 11 Michigan at Nebraska Omaha 9:00 PM
Dec. 6 (Fri.) No. 7 North Dakota at No. 18 Western Michigan 7:30 PM
Dec. 14 (Sat.) No. 18 Western Michigan at Minnesota Duluth 8:00 PM
Jan. 10 (Fri.) Air Force at Army 6:00 PM
Colorado College at No. 7 North Dakota 8:30 PM
Jan 17 (Fri.) No. 18 Western Michigan at No. 9 St. Cloud State 7:00 PM
Jan 24 (Fri.) RIT at No. 20 Niagara 7:00 PM
No. 7 North Dakota at No. 17 Denver 9:30 PM
Feb. 7 (Fri.) No. 18 Western Michigan at No. 2 Miami 7:00 PM
Feb. 14 (Fri.) No. 2 Miami at No. 7 North Dakota 8:30 PM
Feb. 21 (Fri.) No. 9 St. Cloud State at No. 2 Miami 7:00 PM
Colorado College at Denver 9:30 PM
Feb. 28 (Fri.) No. 7 North Dakota at No. 9 St. Cloud State 9:00 PM
Mar. 7 (Fri.) No. 9 St. Cloud State at Colorado College 9:00 PM
Mar. 21 (Fri.) NCHC Semifinal #1 TBD
NCHC Semifinal #2 TBD
Mar. 22 (Sat.) NCHC Final TBD
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