Penn State hockey to meet Cornell at MSG in November

gbrunski@centredaily.comFebruary 19, 2014 

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Curtis Loik (15) and the Penn State hockey team will look for their first Big Ten win this weekend when the Nittany Lions host No. 10 Michigan on Friday and Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena.

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The Penn State men’s hockey team has another NHL arena on its schedule already for next season —the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”

The Nittany Lions will tangle with another new opponent with a rich tradition when they get there, too.

Penn State will meet Cornell in The Frozen Apple at New York’s Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 next season.

The trip to the home of the New York Rangers follows games in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in each of the last two seasons, and the Nittany Lions also will play in Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., the home of the Minnesota Wild.

The Thanksgiving weekend contest will be the first for the foes since Penn State’s program was elevated to Division I. They met in 1944, during the Nittany Lions’ brief previous time as a varsity program, in Ithaca, N.Y.

“We’re excited to play at the World’s Most Famous Arena for the first time with the support of Penn State’s passionate alumni and fans in the area,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said in a statement. “Cornell is one of the top programs in the country, and it will make for an exciting night of hockey for everyone involved.”

The No. 13 Big Red are a perennially strong program, with two NCAA titles, eight Frozen Four appearances and 19 NCAA tournament trips.

“This is a terrific opportunity to play one of the most talked about college hockey programs in the country at such an elite venue,” said Cornell coach Mike Schafer, whose team has been playing a game annually in New York for several seasons. “We’re extremely excited to play Penn State, which has been building a great program and will surely be a perennial national contender.”

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