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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's hockey team has released its schedule for the 2017-18 season, as announced by first-year head coach Jeff Kampersal. The Nittany Lions' sixth season as a varsity program features 15 home games inside the Pegula Ice Arena.
"September can't come soon enough," Kampersal said. "In addition to our demanding CHA schedule, we play truly elite non-conference opponents. We open the season on the road against a strong Minnesota Duluth team, and then we welcome a well-coached, up-and-coming Union team and the defending NCAA Champion Clarkson Golden Knights to the Pegula Ice Arena."
The Nittany Lions open the 2017-18 campaign when they trek to Northern Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs for the first time in program history, Sept. 29-30. Following a trip to the North Star State, the Nittany Lions return to the Pegula Ice Arena to open their 2017-18 home slate.
Penn State opens the month of October at home against Union and Clarkson. Following a series against Union (Oct. 6-7), the defending NCAA Champion Clarkson Golden Knights make their first trip to the Pegula Ice Arena (Oct. 13-14).
The month of October continues for the Nittany Lions as they travel to Andover, Mass., to take on Merrimack for the first time in program history, Oct. 20-21, before returning home to open College Hockey America (CHA) action against the defending CHA regular season and tournament champion Robert Morris Colonials, Oct. 28-29.
"I am looking forward to heading to Merrimack, because it is a homecoming for me of sorts, as I grew up 25 minutes away from that campus," Kampersal noted.
The Nittany Lions continue conference play at home against Mercyhurst, Nov. 3-4, before traveling to Syracuse, Nov. 10-11.
Penn State returns to non-conference action with three games within a five-day stretch. The Blue and White travels to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on the Cornell Big Red for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 21, before heading to Storrs, Conn., for the Nutmeg Classic, Nov. 24-25.
"Our schedule includes the Nutmeg Classic around Thanksgiving, Ohio State after the New Year and an emotional contest against a top-notch Princeton team, which will help us get ready for the final stretch of CHA play," Kampersal added.
The Nutmeg Classic features Penn State taking on UConn on Nov. 24 and then either Quinnipiac or Yale on Nov. 25. After the Nutmeg Classic, Penn State heads back to New York to play RIT (Dec. 1-2) for its lone series in December.
The 2018 calendar year opens with a four-game road trip at Ohio State (Jan. 5-6) and Lindenwood (Jan. 12-13). Penn State then continues its season with a series against Syracuse (Jan. 19-20) before heading to Robert Morris (Jan. 26-27).
Penn State closes out its non-conference slate with a Tuesday evening contest at home against the Princeton Tigers on Jan. 30.
Following a CHA bye week, the Nittany Lions begin their final stretch of regular season action in Erie, Pa., against Mercyhurst (Feb. 9-10). Penn State closes out the regular season at home against RIT (Feb. 16-17) and Lindenwood (Feb. 23-24).
Similar to last year's format, the 2018 CHA Tournament will be held at the HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y., March 1-3. The CHA First Round is scheduled for March 1, followed by the semifinal round on March 2 and the CHA's automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament will be decided on March 3.
"We play many of the best teams in women's college hockey this season and we will work hard to be the best," Kampersal said. "In order to do that, we need to beat the best. Whether it is at home or on the road we are looking forward to playing in front of our fans this season."
All dates and times are subject to change. Please visit GoPSUsports.com for updated times and dates.
Season Ticket Info
Season tickets for the 2017-18 women's hockey season are currently available for just $50. All season ticket holders will receive invitations to exclusive events with the team and have the opportunity to be recognized at a game throughout the season. Season tickets can be purchased online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/pennstate/EN/buy/details/18WH or by calling 1-800-NITTANY.
Single Game & Group Ticket Info
Single game and group tickets for the 2017-18 women's hockey season will go on sale starting Thursday, August 10th. Single game tickets will remain at $5.00 and groups of 20 or more can receive $3.00 tickets. All game themes and promotions will be announced early next week. Group tickets and experiences can be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY or by expressing interest at https://www.nittanylionfeedback.com/se/3FF63F24290565AE. Single game tickets will be available online through Penn State Account Manager and by calling 1-800-NITTANY.