(Due to some schedule changes, I edited the former post. It was previously reported that OU would host the Midland Warriors, but they cancelled due to new schedule conflicts on OU’s part. Several games have also changed their dates.)
The Sooners will host some new faces this upcoming season due to changes in the WCHL Conference. The addition of Missouri State provides four new conference games for OU, Jan 9th and 10th being the home matchup against the Bears. Other new visitors to Oklahoma City this season will be the Augustana Vikings (DII-Illinois), and Alabama.
OU will once again open their home season hosting Arkansas, who have also made the jump to the ACHA Division I, on September 18th and 19th. Arkansas was inducted into the WCHL starting this season, so the games will be the first Conference matchup for the Sooners.
The Razorbacks had previously dominated the the ACHA DII ranks and always make for a great weekend of hockey. Sooner fans will also have the return of Illinois to Oklahoma, as well as a favorite foe, Lindenwood. Texas A&M and Lindenwood-Belleville (both DII) also make the trek to the Blazers Ice Center.
Disappointingly, the Sooners opted out of scheduling recent NCAA jumper, Arizona State. Those matchups were always spirited and it would have been nice to have a NCAA DI team in the BIC. Missing also this season are opponents like Iowa State, Ohio and even Minot State.
The end of the season will be February 20 and 21st, when the Sooners will host Augustana, currently a DII team who are making the jump to DI after this season. The Vikings have an Oklahoma connection in their recruiting department, Mitch Surell, who had previously worked as an Assistant Coach and Director of recruiting for in-state rival UCO.
This years ACHA National Tournament will be held in Bensenville, Illinois, March 3rd-8th.
You can check out the full (revised) schedule at the OU hockey website. Expect times to be posted after the finalization of the OKC Jr. Blazers schedule, who share the rink with the Sooners. (Times are now posted as well as the new schedule. The Sooners lose the majority of their Friday night games to the Blazers and will be playing on Sunday afternoons.)