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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Headed To Ann Arbor For Series Against Michigan

by on February 21, 2014 1:00 PM

They say an elephant never forgets and neither do teams Top 10 teams found themselves on the losing end of an upset. So as Penn State takes to Ann Arbor on Friday and Saturday nights, the Michigan Wolverines won't have forgotten their loss to Penn State just two weeks ago.

The meeting will mark the first between the two teams since Penn State's 4-0 victory over the Wolverines and the first road test for the Nittany Lions in three weeks. Friday night's faceoff at Yost Ice Arena Friday is set for 6:30 p.m., while puck drop Saturday is at 7 p.m. 

Penn State is facing some of the best teams in the nation during its second NCAA season and this weekend's contest won't be any different. Based on the current USCHO.com rankings, the Nittany Lions have faced the No. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 and 16 ranked teams in the country.

Even so, the Nittany Lions are still hunting for their second Big Ten win of the year and have come close on more than one occasion to picking up those elusive conference victories. So while the Wolverines may have the home ice and the ranking on their side, Penn State won't be an easy out as a team well versed in playing some of the nation's top teams. Despite going 1-3-1 in its last five games, Penn State held a lead in four of those contests and has played better and better hockey as the season has gone along.

“It’s certainly going to take the same amount of mental intensity that we had here that night,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said about repeating the upset. “It’s going to take an excellent game, it’s going to take excellent goaltending, we know that. They’re a fantastic team.”

How much each team has changed in the past 13 days remains to be seen but this weekend's series should be no less dramatic than the two games at Pegula Ice Arena. Friday night's contest will air on the Big Ten Network.



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