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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Announce Out Of Conference Slate

by on June 08, 2016 12:40 PM

Penn State hockey's 2016-17 schedule is finally complete as the program announced its out of conference slate on Wednesday.

“We are excited for our non-conference schedule,” Head coach Guy Gadowsky said in a release. “We look forward to welcoming schools from all around the country to Hockey Valley and play in front of the best fans in college hockey. We’ll have a great opportunity early in the season to test ourselves in a tough environment against a terrific team like Notre Dame. And we can’t wait to play in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It is one of the best playing experiences we give our student-athletes every year.”

The Nittany Lions will have two first-time opponents, facing Mercyhurst, Arizona State. In addition, for a fifth straight season, Penn State returns to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center for a non-conference game, this time against Princeton.

Penn State hosts Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario on the first Sunday of October. The game will be sold separately and was not included in the season-ticket package. The International Game will serve as a tune-up to the season-opener against St. Lawrence on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Nittany Lions and Saints will faceoff against each other for a second straight year at Pegula Ice Arena with the series finale taking place on Friday, Oct. 7.

The following week, Penn State heads to Northwest Pennsylvania to Erie Insurance Arena to face the Mercyhurst Lakers on Friday, Oct. 14. The Nittany Lions and Lakers have yet to meet in Division I men’s hockey.

Penn State’s three-game road trip continues when heads to South Bend for a series at Notre Dame. The two teams met for the first time at Pegula Ice Arena in 2015 with a split. It will be the final meeting for the two teams as non-conference foes as the Fighting Irish joins Big Ten Hockey in 2017-18.

The Nittany Lions return home for a 10-game homestand to finish out the fall semester. The first eight of those games are non-conference foes including a pair of repeat opponents from last season as Canisius (Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29) and Niagara (Thursday-Friday, Nov. 3-4) play in Hockey Valley for the first time.

Penn State welcomes Alaska Anchorage on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12 for a two-game set in a return of last year’s series in The Last Frontier.

The following week, the newest members of NCAA Division I men’s hockey meet for the first time as varsity sides when Arizona State comes to Pegula Ice Arena. The series between the Nittany Lions and Sun Devils will be played Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19. PSU and ASU met in 2012, in the Lions’ first season as a Division I team, with a split at old Greenberg Ice Pavilion.

That 10-game homestand is capped by the first Big Ten game of the season on Thursday, Dec. 1 against Michigan followed by the series finale the following night.

PENN STATE’S 2016-17 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Oct. 2 vs. QUEEN’S (The International Game)

Oct. 6-7 vs. ST. LAWRENCE

Oct. 14 at Mercyhurst (Erie Insurance Arena)

Oct. 21-22 at Notre Dame

Oct. 28-29 vs. CANISIUS

Nov. 3-4 vs. NIAGARA

Nov. 11-12 vs. ALASKA ANCHORAGE

Nov. 18-19 vs. ARIZONA STATE

Jan. 28 vs. Princeton (Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff)

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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