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Weekend reading: NCHC meetings, NCAA regional sites; AFA, UND schedule

Published: May 2, 2014, 8:51 am, by Joe Paisley
COURTESY USA Today/Eric Hartline

COURTESY USA Today/Eric Hartline

The NCHC did not change its playoff format and made enough money to set up a savings account.

The North Dakota beat writer points out that eliminating the neutral site provision for the NCAA Tournament would be smart.  In perhaps a related development, Minnesota may trim its Olympic sheet down to NHL-sized, adding a few hundred high-priced seats and making Mariucci Arena a possible NCAA regional option.

North Dakota released its 2014-15 UND schedule, which confirms Air Force will play them in Grand Forks on Nov. 1 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game.  Other confirmed Air Force games include the Falcons at Denver on Nov. 21 and Brice Gold Rush tournament games against host Alaska-Fairbanks Oct. 17 and Alaska-Anchorage Oct. 18.  AFA typically announces its schedule during the summer.