It's so cold in State College today. How cold is it? It's so cold that if you stick your tongue on the metal of an outdoor public restroom door handle, your tongue will stick to it. I know because I tried. Snow miser has come to town for a couple of days and with it he has brought ass-clenching cold weather.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away. A blast of America's least favorite Canadian import, cold weather fronts, is chilling everyone in the area. Men and women are bundling up as their private areas shrink and perk, respectively.
People love fall because it brings football weather. The leaves changing, air becoming crisp. Today's high of 35ish in State College more resembles hockey and basketball weather. Lucky for us there will be a game against Bucknell hoops on Wednesday and a pair of hockey games on Thursday and Friday in State College, preceeding the football game against Purdue on Saturday.
PSU hockey is coming off a satisfying 2-1 win against Sacred Heart. The game was a comfortable win for PSU, as Sacred Heart was only able to score one goal, with half of a minute left in the game while they had both a power play and their goalie pulled. This Thursday and Friday they will take on UMass-Lowell, or just ‘Lowell' as many hockey fans refer to them. Lowell is ranked 16th currently but they are strong enough to win the NCAA championship. This will be PSU's first chance to see how they match up against top-level teams.
The hockey team will catch a bit of a break in that Lowell has scheduled a game today on the road against Big Maple's Princeton squad. This means Lowell will have three road games in four days, which is extremely rare, if not unheard of in NCAA hockey outside of tournament time. PSU will not have had a game since Friday night, which is a good rest without too long of a break. It's early in the year, but this has to go in the column as being PSU's advantage. PSU has only four games after this week's games between now and Christmas. Once the calendar flips to January, the hockey games will be regularly able to be seen on the big ten network.
So for those looking to get out of the cold for the next couple of days, consider going inside the beautiful new hockey arena, the Bryce Jordan center, or your local grocery stores' frozen foods section.