UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s hockey team’s released its 16-game non-conference slate Thursday to complete its 2014-15 schedule.
The Nittany Lions will play 36 regular-season games, including 18 at Pegula Ice Area.
Highlighting the non-conference slate are four games in three National Hockey League venues, including Penn State’s first appearance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and its first trip outside the contiguous United States. Penn State, which will return to both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for the third straight season, will also face their five Big Ten adversaries four times each during the 2014-15 campaign.
“After our first season in the Big Ten, the coaching staff and team are excited to see our continued growth as we enter the next chapter of Penn State Hockey,” said Nittany Lion coach Guy Gadowsky in a released statement. “The 2014-15 campaign will bring forth its own set of unique challenges, while the opportunity to continue our relationships in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and experience Madison Square Garden for the first time will give our alumni and fans the opportunity to witness Nittany Lion hockey on some of the biggest stages.”
Penn State opens the season at Pegula Ice Arena Oct. 10-11 with a two-game series against new Hockey East member Connecticut. After that series, the Nittany Lions will travel to Anchorage, Alaska to compete in the in Brice Alaska Gold on Oct. 17-18. The Nittany Lions will face Alaska Anchorage Oct. 17 before playing Fairbanks the following night.
After the trip, Penn State will return to home for a pair of series against Atlantic Hockey opponents. The Nittany Lions will host Holy Cross for a Friday-Sunday series (Oct. 24, 26) before welcoming Bentley Oct. 30 and 31.
Following its fourth straight home game, Penn State will visit two-time defending Hockey East tournament champion and NCAA tournament participant UMass Lowell Nov. 14-15 before opening Big Ten play at Michigan (Nov. 21-22).
The Nittany Lions will then face Cornell in The Frozen Apple at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. Penn State will return to league play at Wisconsin (Dec. 5-6) before making its third straight appearance at the Three Rivers Classic at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. The Nittany Lions will play Robert Morris on Dec. 29 and will face either Colgate or Western Michigan in the championship or consolation game on Dec. 30.
Once the calendar turns to 2015, Penn State will play just three games against non-conference foes. After home series against Ohio State (Jan. 9-10) and Michigan State (Jan. 16-17), the Nittany Lions will host Northern Michigan Jan. 23-24 to cap a six-game homestand before facing Vermont in the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff at the Wells Fargo Center Jan. 31.
Penn State close with conference play for the remainder of the regular season. The Nittany Lions will host Wisconsin (Feb. 6-7), Minnesota (Feb. 19 or 21, Feb. 20) and Michigan (March 6-7), while visiting Michigan State (Feb. 13 or 15, Feb. 14), Ohio State (Feb. 27 or March 1, Feb. 28) and Minnesota (March 13-14).
Penn State will play in the Big Ten Tournament, to be held at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, March 19-21.
Conference game times and the television schedule will be released at a later date.