Penn State Hockey

Penn State women’s hockey: Nittany Lions have challenging slate

Penn State will be challenged right from the start, and face four NCAA tournament teams from last season, in a season schedule announced Friday.

The biggest obstacle for the Nittany Lions, who had the program’s first winning record last season at 17-16-4, may be the season’s opening weekend, with defending national champion Minnesota at Pegula Ice Arena for games Oct. 1-2.

Action for the team gets strarted with an exhibition game against Canadian school Guelph on Sept. 24.

Other home dates include Union (Oct. 17-18), Connecticut (Oct. 24-25), Mercyhurst (Nov. 6-7), Robert Morris (Jan. 22-23), Rochester Institute of Technology (Jan. 29-30), Syracuse (Feb. 5-6) and Lindenwood (Feb. 12-13).

The Nittany Lions visit Boston University (Oct. 9-10), Lindenwood (Oct. 30-31), Robert Morris (Nov. 13-14), St. Lawrence (Nov. 24-25), Syracuse (Dec. 4-5), Princeton (Dec. 11-12), Ohio State (Jan. 2-3), RIT (Jan. 15-16) and Mercyhurst (Feb. 19-20).