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The Penn State Men's hockey team announced their full schedule last week.

There are some interesting quirks in the schedule. One that jumps out is that the team will not leave the state of Pennsylvania for a two month stretch starting after the game in Madison, Wisconsin on December 6th. Their next game outside the Keith Stone State won't be until the second weekend in February when they go to Michigan State. In this two month stretch, the team will play two games in Pittsburgh and one in Philly.

The trade-off for this long home-state stretch is that the team will play on the road for seven straight games from November 14th to December 6th. This stretch features two against Lowell, two against a Michigan team who are going to be looking for revenge, and two against Wisconsin. A single game with Cornell at Madison Square Garden rounds out that tough stretch. While the PSU hockey team is accustomed to playing the underdog role, this brutal seven game road stretch, four in conference, will be the team's greatest scheduling challenge. To win a point in any of these games by tying or winning in overtime would be like winning the game. Winning a game in this stretch could be the silver lining. Should the team hold their own, maybe come away with five or six points in seven games, that could bode well considering the two month home-state stretch that follows.

The final five series for the team will alternate between home and road. Then the Big Ten hockey tournament is in Detroit this year instead of St. Paul where it was played last season. For those of you thinking about making the trip to Detriot, you may want to look into buying a house instead of renting a hotel room for three nights, it may be more cost-effective. A hotel there is going to cost you upwards of $29 per night plus tax, although many establishments feature hourly rates. Just don't look under the bed.

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FOOTBOCKEY

There will only be two overlaps in this year's schedule that will allow for fans to take in both hockey and football in State College during the same weekend. The first eclipse will occur during the Ohio State football game weekend. The hockey team hosts Holy Cross that Friday night at 7pm and then again on Sunday at noon. This scheduling is possibly the coolest ever for a Penn State footbockey fan. You can start the weekend off right with some hockey, have all day Saturday to hang out in State College because the OSU/PSU football game isn't until 8pm. Then you get your butt to bed after that game or after the bars close in other cases, roll back out of bed, and off to the PSU hockey game on Sunday before you break out of town early Sunday afternoon.

The following weekend PSU hockey will host Bentley (the school not the car) on Thursday and Friday night, with PSU football hosting Maryland on Saturday. This package has its advantages. Following the OSU game, should we win, the atmosphere against Maryland the next week should be one of overt swagger, lots of random spontaneous happy outbursts around town. Should we be coming off a loss to OSU the previous week, the game against the Derps should be one where the home team is favored to get off the schneid.

Both teams, Holy Cross and Bentley, were roughly as talented as PSU was last season, so on paper, these are winnable serieseses. Also, there is a possibility that if you attend the second chance at footbockey, it may turn into a basketfootbockey weekend for you. Last year PSU hoops hosted an exhibition game on the first Sunday in November. The schedule for non-conference hoops has not been announced yet, but the day after the Maryland football game is Sunday November 1st. Last season there was a basketfootbockey eclipse during the football Purdue game weekend where the hoops team played Wednesday against Bucknell, and hockey took on Lowell twice on Thursday and Friday.

PEGULAVILLE SOUTH PHASE ONE

Considering how impossible it is going to be to find a hotel in the State College area during the Ohio State football weekend, drastic measures may be in order. One plan is to tent out at Nittanyville on Friday night, then after the football game, camp out in front of Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday night and declare this to be Pegulaville South. It may not work out, but it beats the $200 or so that rooms are going for, if you can find one. And if you get arrested and taken to jail, it still may work out if they release you Sunday morning before the hockey game.

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