With the government shutdown in full effect it’s unclear whether or not Army will be able to travel to Penn State Friday to play the Nittany Lions in the Pegula Ice Arena opener. Mike McMahon of College Hockey News reported Monday on Twitter that Penn State was searching for a replacement team and may have actually found one.
Kyle Rossi of Thank You Terry examined a couple possible solutions Penn State can go with should Army not be able to travel to University Park.
My hunch is that Penn State will open Pegula on Friday as scheduled. It won’t be against Army though. I would not be shocked to see them play Canisius College who are available Friday. Buffalo Business First reported today that Canisius could replace Army. If you recall, Terry Pegula has connections to the Golden Griffins as well. Canisius would need to petition the NCAA for a waiver to go to Penn State, which according to the article, they already have. The Golden Griffins are currently at the max 34 varsity games allowed by the NCAA.
It’s important to note that there is a good chance Army can still play this weekend. Penn State is gathering other opponents if need be. Penn State and Army have not said anything with regards to the game as of today.
Penn State’s games with the Air Force Academy could also be in jeopardy due to the government shutdown. The Nittany Lions are scheduled to travel to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force the weekend of Oct. 18 and 19.
Air Force football did play Navy in Annapolis this past Saturday. However, the academy has stopped all other athletic events until further notice according to its website.
Stayed tuned for further updates if they come along.