It’s official. For a second straight season, the Penn State Nittany Lions and Vermont Catamounts will play in Philadelphia.
On Thursday, the Nits revealed their full 2013-14 schedule, which includes the second annual Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff, set to take place on Saturday, October 26 at Wells Fargo Center.
Last season, the inaugural edition originally scheduled for mid-January was interrupted by the resumption of the 2013 NHL schedule, but contested following the Penguins-Flyers season opener and won by Penn State, 4-2.
Though the announced crowd of 19,529 for the collegiate tilt was clearly tied to the NHL game which preceded it, the game was well attended and there’s no reason to believe it will not be again this time around.
Penn State, in just its second year of Division I play, has joined the newly-created Big Ten Conference and will skate out of the brand new Pegula Ice Arena. The Leos’ opposition are familiar names: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State — all rivals in the football iteration.
Also on the docket for the Nittany Lions will be a trip to Pittsburgh for the Three Rivers Classic in late December, and a matchup against five-time national champion Boston College on January 25.
While speculation remains on the possibility of open-air hockey at Beaver Stadium at some point during the upcoming season, no indications were made at this time. There has been talk between the NHL, the Flyers and Penguins about an outdoor contest, and PSU entertained the possibility of hosting one of its big-name rivals in the previously football-only venue.