The 2015-16 hockey season begins this weekend. On Saturday the team will convene for the first practice of the season and on Sunday it will host Windsor at noon for an exhibition game. The regular season begins with a single game the following Saturday, October 10th on the road in Buffalo versus Canisius.
The team held media day last week. The biggest information out of the event was the disclosure that Eric Scheid is injured. Coach Gadowsky, in true form, had nothing to say about the injury other than "lower-leg, six weeks." When asked on a follow-up if he could provide any other information on the injury, Gadowsky replied, "No."
Check out the full interview with Gadowsky on the BTN.
This is what captains Luke Juha, David Glen, and David Thompson had to say.
There was an addition to the PSU hockey recruit class of 2017. It was reported that forward Evan Barratt will be a Lion two years from now. Jeff Cox of SBNation College Hockey had Barratt rated as the #15 player at the USA Hockey Select 15 Festival.
The B1G coaches recently acknowledged Eric Scheid and David Goodwin as players to watch in the pre-season polls. The Lions were picked to finish fourth in the league this year, which is where it finished last year. The team was expected to finish dead-last in the league at this time last year, and threatened to finish in a bye spot for the conference tournament heading into the final weekend of B1G play.
The men's team split a pair of games last week, winning in Philadelphia versus Penn on Wednesday and losing to Michigan on Sunday. The team will play on the road tonight in Akron, Ohio and on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. when it takes on Rutgers. There was a nice piece about PSU soccer player Brett Gravatt who is recovering from a life-changing snowboarding injury.
The women's team tied Nebraska on Friday night and defeated Iowa 5-1 on Saturday. Frannie Crouse led the way offensively in the route of Iowa, scoring two goals. The ladies play only one game this week, on the road with Northwestern in Bridgeview, Illinois on Sunday at noon.
Russ Rose's squad took care of Wisconsin on Wednesday night with relative ease, 3-0. There were cameras filming behind-the-scene footage at the match for a feature that will air tonight at 10 p.m. on the BTN in a series called Big Ten Close-up. On Saturday the team was pushed to the limit, dropping a set for the first time this season, while narrowly defeating Minnesota 3-2. Haliegh Washington was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second week in a row on the heels of her impressive performance. The team will play Friday night at 7 p.m. versus Nebraska. The match will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network. The following night the team will host Iowa at 7 p.m.
The future looks bright for Penn State men's basketball. The new Slam Magazine contained spots featuring former PSU point-guard Tim Frazier and future Lion Tony Carr. The team will play for the first time versus VMI in just Julian Moore more days, that's forty-four if you're keeping score.