Partial ’11-12 schedule announced; season starts at home.

The fourth season of Reign hockey is already off to a different beginning than the first three.

The team announced Tuesday that next season will begin at home on Oct. 15 against an opponent to be determined; the Reign began their first three seasons on the road.

No road games or opponents were included on the partial schedule announced Tuesday, but a few quirks are already apparent. There will be two only home games the entire month of December (10 and 14), and 10 home games in March. In fact, the entire home schedule is weighted more toward the end of the season: Of the 36 home dates, only 13 fall in the first three months (October, November, December) while 23 fall in the final three months (January, February, March). So there figure to be more road trips early in the season.

There will also be fewer three-in-three home weekends. In fact, there’s only one (February 17-18-19). There are only four three-in-four home weekends: Nov. 16, 18 and 19; Feb. 8, 10 and 11; Feb. 29, March 2 and 3; and March 21, 23 and 24.

Here’s the complete list of regular-season home dates announced Tuesday:

Saturday, October 15 (Home opener)
Wednesday, October 19
Wednesday, October 26
Friday, October 28
Saturday, October 29
Tuesday, November 8
Wednesday, November 16
Friday, November 18
Saturday, November 19
Sunday, November 27
Wednesday, November 30
Saturday, December 10
Wednesday, December 14
Tuesday, January 3
Wednesday, January 11
Monday, January 16
Friday, January 20
Saturday, January 21
Tuesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 8
Friday, February 10
Saturday, February 11
Friday, February 17
Saturday, February 18
Sunday, February 19
Wednesday, February 29
Friday, March 2
Saturday, March 3
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10
Tuesday, March 13
Wednesday, March 21
Friday, March 23
Saturday, March 24
Friday, March 30
Saturday, March 31

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.