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Penn State Hockey: Team Ready to Return Home After Month On Road

by on November 01, 2012 7:01 PM

Penn State hockey opened up a new era of Division I hockey in Happy Valley on Oct. 12.

Since then the Nittany Lions have played five straight games away from the confines of Greenberg Ice Pavilion.

Saturday night at 7:05, Penn State will finally get a chance to extend its winning streak to four games, hoping to pick up its first victory in front of a home crowd.

"There was such a great reception last time and we're itching to get back in here," coach Guy Gadowsky said Thursday. Penn State will take on Division III opponent Buffalo State, one of the two teams that have beaten the Nittany Lions.

"It's interesting, we're not going to say much but we're interested in the response from the locker room. I think they might be pissed and I think they'll want to atone for what happened last time." he said.

Here are a few other talking points from Thursday's media availability.

Goalies:

PJ Musico has been in net for all four of the Nittany Lions victories, and while Gadowsky is pleased with his play, he still wants to make sure freshman goalie Matthew Skoff gets a look.

"We'll see where we are in the coming days but we definitely want to get Skoff in there. PJ has been playing well but Matt is a great player too."

NHL Lockout:

"I have thoughts on it, I don't think it affects college hockey. I think there will be people out there that will turn to college hockey to get their hockey fix and to see the NCAA and how high quality it is, that isn't a secret," Gadowsky said.

"As a hockey fan I want it to be resolved, I've got a lot of guys that I coached at Princeton that are in the league but they've got to play. I'm hoping that it gets back as a fan and as a coach that has alumni in the system. Everybody wants hockey back." 



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