Penn State Hockey News
Men’s Hockey Television Schedule Announced
Nittany Lions to make at least 10 appearances on national broadcasts
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 16, 2013 – The Penn State men’s hockey team will have at least 10 games televised to a national audience, including seven games on BTN, during the 2013-14 season, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday.
The Nittany Lions will appear on BTN, which is available to more than 75 million homes throughout the United States and Canada, six times during the regular season and at least once during the Big Ten tournament. Penn State will play on national television at least three additional times with contests on either ESPNU or ESPNEWS.
7 Photos to Prepare You for the Opening of Pegula Ice Arena
A new era in Penn State athletics is set to begin. On October 11, which is also the start of Homecoming Weekend, the Penn State men's ice hockey team will face Army at 8 p.m. in the first game ever at Pegula Ice Arena.
Public skating sessions on the community rink will officially begin on Sept. 20. at 8 p.m. Prices and rink availability are available here.
We're fired up for hockey and can't wait to go enjoy this fabulous new facility and cheer on the men's and women's hockey teams. Get ticket information for the men's team here and information about the women's team here. Check out some photos we've compiled below of this state-of-the-art facility.
Men’s Hockey Unveils 2013-14 Schedule
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 27, 2013 – Highlighted by at least 19 games against teams that have reached the NCAA Frozen Four since 2009, the Penn State men’s hockey team’s complete 2013-14 schedule was unveiled Thursday. The Nittany Lions will play a 34-game regular season, including 18 home contests at Pegula Ice Arena, during the team’s historic first year in the Big Ten.
Under the direction of second-year head coach Guy Gadowsky, Penn State will face a challenging non-conference slate that includes marquee home matchups against 2013 Frozen Four participant UMass Lowell (Nov. 14-15) and five-time national champion Boston College (Jan. 25). The Nittany Lions will also welcome RIT, which made the 2010 Frozen Four, Oct. 25 before hosting 2012 national semifinalist Union for a two-game series (Nov. 30, Dec. 1).
Penn State Hockey Impressive in Division I Play
The Penn State men's ice hockey team is off to an impressive start with an early season upset against RIT. This marks the team's first season as an NCAA Division I competitor.
Guy Gadowsky, former professional ice hockey player and coach of the Princeton Tigers, will be leading the team as head coach. With Gadowsky’s guidance last year, the men’s ice hockey was ranked first in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Gadowsky will be working with assistant coaches Keith Fisher and Matt Lindsay, who both served with him on the team at Princeton.
The athletes this season include 16 holdovers and some brand new recruits. Tommy Olczyk, who was formerly a member of the Sioux City Musketeers, will be a top leader of this season, serving as team captain. His father, Eddie, was recently inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Nate Jensen, a former player for Mercyhurst of Atlantic Hockey will be the Nittany Lion’s assistant captain.
The team's first season practice began in the wee hours of October 6—just a week before their first game in— accordance with the NCAA official start practice regulations. The team named the event the “Midnight Ice Breaker,” and welcomed hundreds of fans at midnight to watch the practice and to cheer on the new team. Free tee shirts and pizza were given to the fans, followed by a free public skate.
The Blue Band will be making appearances at all of the games this season, playing some of the famous Penn State songs. In case you can't make it out to see them in person, this season’s hockey games will be broadcasted on both The Penn State Sports Network and GoPsuSports.com’s All-Access channel.
The Pegula Ice Arena will be the newest addition to ice
hockey at Penn State, but won’t be completed until September of the 2013-2014
season. It will be located on the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive. The
arena will seat up to 6,000 fans at the main rink, with a 1,000-seat student section.
It is being constructed with a large donation from Terry Pegula and other supporters. Just
in time for the Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey Team to join the Big Ten, the
facilities will enable Happy Valley to host both National Hockey League and
American Hockey League games. A second rink will be in the arena for the
community, hopefully spiking a hockey interest in the area’s youth.
The home games this season will be held at Greenberg Ice Pavilion, on the corner of Hastings and McKean Road. Single-game tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth (12 and under). Student tickets are available in 5-game-packages for $20. Tickets are available for fans on Ticketmaster, by calling 1-800-NITTANY, or by visiting the Athletic Ticket office at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Image courtesy of Penn State men's hockey Facebook page.
Penn State Icers Hockey Update 2/6
ESCHL Record: 9-4-1 (3rd place with 19 points)
Ranked #11 in latest ACHA Division I rankings
LAST WEEK: vs. #6 Rhode Island
Friday (2/4) W
Saturday (2/5) L 5-4 (Shootout)
THIS WEEK: vs. Robert Morris
Friday (2/11) at 9pm
Saturday (2/12) at 3:30pm
In this stretch of the season, every game matters for the Penn State Icers, and they played like it this past weekend against #6 Rhode Island. The Icers finished the weekend with a split, but come away with three points after taking the Rams to overtime, losing 5-4 in a shootout. That loss gave Rhode Island the ESCHL regular season championship, making this season the first ever that Penn State did not claim at least a share of the title according to PennStateHockey.com.
However, there is still a lot to play for. The ESCHL playoffs begin a week from this Friday, and the Icers sit just a point back of Delaware for 2nd place heading into the final weekend of league play. They also hold the #11 spot in the latest ACHA Division I rankings, which right would put them inside the 16-team field that makes the ACHA Tournament.
This weekend, the Robert Morris Colonials come to the Penn State Ice Pavilion for the final series of ESCHL play for both teams. The Icers swept Robert Morris a month ago in Pittsburgh, and a sweep this weekend and at least one loss by Delaware (who have a home-and-home against West Chester) could have big implications on the ESCHL playoff field.
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