Penn State Hockey

Penn State hockey: Hockey East, Big Ten set up for inaugural challenge

The Penn State men’s ice hockey team will be a part of the inaugural Big Ten-Hockey East Challenge during the coming season.

The Nittany Lions’ game against Vermont at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 26 is one of 13 games involving 11 programs from the two most powerful men’s ice hockey conferences. The contests will be competed over the final two weekends of October.

A Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge Cup will be presented to the conference that records the most points from the 13 games. Two points will be awarded for wins, one for ties, as well as a bonus point for a road win. Should the conferences end with a tie, the Nittany Lion-Catamount game, since it will be the only contest played on neutral ice, will serve as the tiebreaker.

Other highlight games include Wisconsin at Boston College and Boston University, Michigan at New Hampshire, Boston College at Minnesota, Boston University at Michigan and Michigan State, and UMass-Lowell at Michigan and Michigan State.