Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Resting Up Before Rematch with Robert Morris
Coming off a 3-2 loss to Robert Morris over the weekend, Penn State doesn't have to wait long to get another crack at the Colonials.
"We get to play them right after break," captain Tommy Olczyk said. "We have two weeks until we get another shot at (Robert Morris). We showed that we can play at this level and be a good team. There were times when we were outplaying them, and we have to get ready to see this team again in two weeks."
The Nittany Lions will head to Pittsburgh for a Dec. 28 meeting with Robert Morris in the first round of the inaugural Three Rivers Classic at the Consol Energy Center. Penn State's previous meeting with Robert Morris featured chippy play, more than 60 combined shots on goal and the two youngest Division I programs in the nation.
"I was happy with the way we played," said Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky. "We're not happy about the result, but we're happy with how we played. It's a matter of making sure we are learning how to put it all together."
Moving forward, the Nittany Lions will get some time off before heading to Pittsburgh. There won't be too many adjustments, just time to recharge and visit with family. Even so, it'll be crucial that players stay in shape over the short break.
"We have to keep ourselves accountable," Olczyk said. "We can't call and check up on (each other) and make sure everyone is staying in shape. At this level of hockey, you have to be accountable to do it yourself. If you can get on the ice, that's great, but if not, you have to find a bike, a treadmill or something."
Added Gadowsky: "It's very valuable for guys to go home and have a good Christmas with their families. I think they are very fortunate to get to do that, and I want them to take advantage of it."