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May 28, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 2013-14 Nittany Lion women's hockey schedule was announced by head coach Josh Brandwene on Tuesday. Penn State will move into its new $90 million home, Pegula Ice Arena, and host 17 games at the state-of-the-art facility, while playing 17 road games. Once again, the Lions will take part in a 20-game round-robin schedule in College Hockey America.
"I love everything about [the new schedule]," Brandwene said. "I'm really excited to get rolling with 2013-14. Obviously another great league schedule to look forward to after our first year of league play and really excited, additionally, about our non-conference schedule. Some similar opponents from last year that we're looking forward to competing with again and also some new faces that we're excited about."
The Nittany Lions begin their second season in the same location the program's historic inaugural game: Vermont (Oct. 4-5). Penn State defeated the Catamounts, 5-3, in the program's first game before falling, 3-1, the next day. Penn State will remain on the road the following weekend at Quinnipiac (Oct. 11-12). PSU and QU did not meet last season.
Penn State opens Pegula Ice Arena on Friday, Oct. 18 against Union at 7 p.m. The Union series, which concludes Oct. 19, is the first of an eight-game home stand. The stretch of home games includes a non-conference series with New Hampshire (Oct. 26-27) and CHA foes Robert Morris (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) and Syracuse (Nov. 9-10). The New Hampshire games will also be the first encounter between the two squads.
"It's so exciting to finally be turning a page and looking forward to moving into Pegula Ice Arena," Brandwene added. "They're putting the finishing touches over the next couple of months and we're excited to move in and we're looking forward to everything about that process: getting training camp started, getting on the ice and certainly those first historic games in Pegula Ice Arena against Union [are] going to be something else."
PSU then travels to CHA rivals RIT (Nov. 15-16) for a pair of 7 p.m. contests before flying to Lindenwood (Nov. 22-23), site of Penn State's first conference victory. The Nittany Lions take a brief respite from travel with a home game against Maine on Nov. 30 as the two teams meet for the first time.
The Nittany Lions return to the road with a conference series at defending CHA champion and NCAA Frozen Four participant Mercyhurst (Dec. 6-7). Following a break for the holidays, Penn State travels to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State (Jan. 3-4) for the first meeting between the traditional Big Ten rivals. The OSU games represent Penn State's first foray against a Western Collegiate Hockey Association squad. The WCHA is home to all 13 NCAA Division I titles won by Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota-Duluth.
Penn State takes on its fifth new opponent by welcoming Colgate to Pegula Ice Arena for a two-game series starting Jan. 10-11. The Nittany Lions travel once again for a series at Syracuse (Jan. 24-25) and a Tuesday contest at Princeton (Jan. 28). The Princeton game concludes a stretch of 14 games of which 11 were on the road.
The Nittany Lions wrap up their regular-season home docket with three straight conference series against RIT (Jan. 31-Feb. 1), Lindenwood (Feb. 8-9) and Mercyhurst (Feb. 15-16). Penn State's regular season concludes at Robert Morris for the second straight season on Feb. 21-22.
The 2014 CHA Tournament will follow the same format as the 2013's edition: a three-game first-round series for the bottom four squads, while the top two seeds earn byes into the semifinals. The first round will be hosted by the higher seeds in the respective brackets, while the semifinals and final will be played at the No. 1 seed. Although the CHA Tournament champion does not earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, the conference is in line to earn a bid for the 2014-15 season.
Tickets for the inaugural Pegula Ice Arena season will soon be available. They can be purchased in a season ticket package ($50) for all 17 games or on a game day basis of $5 by calling 1-800-NITTANY (648-8269) or visiting the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office.
Seating at Pegula Ice Arena will be general admission in the lower bowl. A Nittany Lion Club donation is not required for season tickets. Students will be free to all regular-season games, while men's hockey premium season ticket holders in the loge, club and suite levels will receive complimentary women's hockey season tickets.
The youth-laden Nittany Lions went 7-26-2 last season, but return 24 letterwinners, 98.6 percent of their scoring and the entire goaltending corps. Additionally, Penn State added four highly touted recruits to bolster the Nittany Lion effort.
2013-14 PENN STATE WOMEN'S HOCKEY SCHEDULE
Oct. 4 at Vermont, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Vermont, 3 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Quinnipiac, TBA
Oct. 12 at Quinnipiac, TBA
Oct. 18 vs. UNION, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 vs. UNION, 2 p.m.
Oct. 26 vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE, 2 p.m.
Oct. 31 vs. ROBERT MORRIS*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 vs. ROBERT MORRIS*, 4 p.m.
Nov. 9 vs. SYRACUSE*, 2 p.m.
Nov. 10 vs. SYRACUSE*, 2 p.m.
Nov. 15 at RIT*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 at RIT*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 22 at Lindenwood*, TBA
Nov. 23 at Lindenwood*, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. MAINE, 2 p.m.
Dec. 6 at Mercyhurst*, 3 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Mercyhurst*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 3 at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Jan. 4 at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 vs. COLGATE, 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 vs. COLGATE, 2 p.m.
Jan. 24 at Syracuse*, TBA
Jan. 25 at Syracuse*, TBA
Jan. 28 at Princeton, 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 vs. RIT*, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 vs. RIT*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. LINDENWOOD*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 9 vs. LINDENWOOD*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 15 vs. MERCYHURST*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 16 vs. MERCYHURST*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 21 at Robert Morris*, TBA
Feb. 22 at Robert Morris*, TBA
2014 CHA Tournament
Feb. 28-March 2: First Round series at higher seed
March 7: Semifinals at No. 1 seed
March 8: Final at No. 1 seed
BOLD CAPS indicate home game at Pegula Ice Arena; All times Eastern; * CHA games