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Update on the Pegula Ice Arena: Everything's Normal

Nice video from SC.com with PSU's Paul Ruskin concerning the progress of the PIA. Everything is proceeding as normal, and he also discusses one of the "special extras" to the arena. (h/t @TYTBlog)

Officially Official - Penn State Icers to Play Neumann University at Citizen's Bank Park

After an early alarm went off during the summer, it has been officially announced that the Icers will play the NCAA D3 Neumann University Knights on January 4th at 8pm. The game will be part of the Winter Classic series of games, this year being held at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia. The link for purchasing tickets can be found in the link above (and I'll post it in the comments below as well). Tickets will be general admission and be $10/ticket. You will have to enter 'PSU' as the promotional code.

Icers Headed to ACHA National Tournament

The final rankings were announced this evening, with the Icers moving up to #10. Based on this tweet (which might be the best/only way to get news out of the ACHA), the Icers would face Rhode Island in the first round. I'll discuss what this means in my next recap post on Monday. Also interesting - Oakland fell only to #11, and RMU(IL) jumped Iowa State for the final spot. This is the first ACHA National Tournament that Al Murdoch and ISU have missed since the league's beginning.

Welcome to the Pegula Ice Arena

And so it is - the official name of the new ice arena. It's straight forward and not overly wordy, which is nice. Sure, something like the "Pegula Ice Pavilion" or "Pegula Ice Palace" have a fun ring to them, but this is just as solid. Also, with the plans currently at having two sheets of ice, I'm assuming they'll eventually name each rink (this is common practice for any arena with more than one sheet of ice). So it's time to start the speculation on that. I've got the Battista and Dufford rinks right now. (Again, thanks to @TYTBlog for doing a write-up for me.)

Icers help Team USA win in exhibition

With the World University Games just around the corner, the ice hockey team is getting together to get some extra practice in during the Winter Break. Icers Tim O'Brien and Eric Steinour both scored in the first period to help Team USA to a 5-4 OT win over NCAA D3 Castleton State. Team USA lead 4-0 at one point, only to slack off and squeak out the OT win (sounds just like the Icers). The WUG start up January 28th for the men, and the 27th for the women. (h/t to TYTBlog for doing this write-up for me)

Tentatively Scheduled: Icers to play Wisconsin in inaugural NCAA season

The author mostly discusses the advent of the Big Ten Hockey Conference, but does slip in the note that Penn State and Wisconsin have a tentative agreement to play a set of games at the Kohl Center in 2012-13. (h/t @TYTBlog)

Last Minute Icers Info and Live Webcast Site

Tonight, the Icers open their second-to-last season in the ACHA with a weekend set on the road at Pitt. For those in the Pitt area looking for something to do tonight/tomorrow, the games are at the Harmarville Blade Runners Ice Complex. Game tonight is at 8:50pm, and the game tomorrow is at 4pm. For anyone interested in following the games from the comfort of their own home, the games are being broadcast this season via UStream.

ACHA announces 2011 National Team for World University Games

Back in June, I made note of the Icers I thought would have the best chances of making this team. I'm not sure which players did and did not try out, but Tim O'Brien and Eric Steinour have been named as starters to the team. The Icers have two alternates as well, defensemen Kevin Miller and Dan Petrick. Congrats to the two who made it and the two who might still find their way to Turkey next January.

NCAA DI hockey on the horizon?

Being in Milwaukee means I'm far removed from getting regular info or updates on these sorts of things, so I can't make a call on the validity of the report. However, it is in line with some of the old rumblings I used to hear about, so there is likely a lot of truth to the rumblings going on. Whether it all comes to fruition or not is another story, but this is worthy of getting excited over the chances of getting a new hockey arena and D1 hockey in Happy Valley.

Icers announce new assistant coach

Keeping with the new coaches theme, the Icers announced their new assistant head coach, Josh Hand. Hand has been involved in hockey for the past 15 years, including playing youth hockey in Reading and Junior hockey in Philadelphia. Most recently, he was the director of hockey at the Arctic Wolf Ice Center in College Station, TX, while serving as an instructor and assistant coach at Texas A&M. Hand replaces Bill Downey, who was the assistant coach for two seasons before moving on to other career opportunities.

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