UND's path to a third-straight Penrose Cup has been set.
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced its schedule for the 2021-22 season.
UND will begin with nonconference play in October, then it will open its NCHC title defense Nov. 5-6 with a home series against Denver.
The lone trip UND will not make in league play is Denver. The only team that won't come to The Ralph is Miami.
The nonconference schedule is loaded with marquee matchups, including a home series against rival Minnesota on Thanksgiving weekend. It will also play two of the ECAC's powers in Quinnipiac (Oct. 22-23 in Hamden, Conn.) and Cornell (Jan. 7-8 in Grand Forks).
After only playing 10 games in Ralph Engelstad Arena last season, UND is scheduled to play 19 regular-season home games next season. UND is 29-2 in its last 31 home games.
UND's 2021-22 schedule
Oct. 2 -- MANITOBA (exh.)
Oct. 8-9 -- NIAGARA
Oct. 15-16 -- at Bemidji State/BEMIDJI STATE
Oct. 22-23 -- at Quinnipiac
Oct. 30 -- vs. Penn State in Nashville
Nov. 5-6 -- DENVER
Nov. 12-13 -- at Miami
Nov. 19-20 -- MINNESOTA DULUTH
Nov. 26-27 -- MINNESOTA
Dec. 3-4 -- at St. Cloud State
Dec. 10-11 -- at Colorado College
Jan. 7-8 -- CORNELL
Jan. 14-15 -- OMAHA
Jan. 21-22 -- at Western Michigan
Jan. 28-29 -- ST. CLOUD STATE
Feb. 4-5 -- COLORADO COLLEGE
Feb. 11-12 -- off
Feb. 18-19 -- at Minnesota Duluth
Feb. 25-26 -- WESTERN MICHIGAN
March 4-5 -- at Omaha
March 11-12 -- NCHC first round, site of higher seed
March 18-19 -- NCHC Frozen Faceoff, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
March 25-27 -- NCAA regionals (Loveland, Colo., Allentown, Pa., Albany, N.Y., Worcester, Mass.)
April 7-9 -- NCAA Frozen Four, Boston