Penn State men’s hockey’s upcoming series against Minnesota scheduled for February 27-28 has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 results among Penn State’s Tier 1 personnel.
The series will likely not be rescheduled according to a program press release.
Thursday’s news marks the eighth-straight contest that has been canceled or postponed for the Nittany Lions following its COVID-19 outbreak. Previous series against Michigan and Ohio State have been postponed while this weekend’s series against Arizona State was canceled last week and will not be rescheduled.
Penn State Athletics announced on Wednesday during its weekly update, 16 positive COVID-19 tests. The department does not distinguish which programs have had positive results, although it did previously announce a pause in all team activities within the men’s hockey program.
It’s unclear at this point if either series against Michigan or Ohio State will actually be rescheduled. Penn State was slated to face Michigan in Ann Arbor and host the Buckeyes at Pegula Ice Arena.
The Nittany Lions are slated to finish out the regular season at Notre Dame on March 5-6 with the Big Ten Tournament scheduled for March 18-20.
The Nittany Lions last played in late January, falling 3-2 to Notre Dame in overtime. Penn State is 9-9 on the year, largely out of contention for both the Big Ten regular season title and NCAA Tournament.