|Steele Hall will be the site of a weeknight road game next season.|
TYT has confirmed that next season's rematch with NCAA Division III Fredonia State will take place on Tuesday, October 30th. This becomes the second known game with a firm date, after the matchup with RIT for their Brick City Homecoming game on October 20th.
If the game with the Blue Devils last Saturday was any indication, we're in for a treat come next October. The Icers, of course, rallied twice from two-goal deficits to win 5-4 - PSU's first win in four attempts against FSU.
There are several other known games at this time as well, just without dates attached to them. As reported by the Daily Collegian's Christine Newby, PSU will play two games each at Wisconsin and at Michigan State and will be involved in the Robert Morris University Hockey Showcase over the holidays. Joe Battista hinted during an interview with Steve Penstone last Sunday that in addition to Penn State and Robert Morris, Miami and Ohio State may be the other two teams involved. Previous to that, we learned about four games with the U.S. National Team Development Program (I'll assume two home and two away there until I hear otherwise).
Of course, speculation about possible opponents (just to toss more out there, I wonder if a similar deal was made with Neumann) beyond those is limited by Battista's statement - see the Newby piece link - that PSU will only play 20-22 Division I games next season. That, by definition, means 12-14 non-Division I games, so....
DI: Wisconsin (2), Michigan State (2), RMU Hockey Showcase (2), RIT (1) = 7 total
Non-DI: USNTDP (4), Fredonia State (1) = 5 total
* Technically, the NTDP games don't count against the game limit, but I still think it's helpful to use that as a starting point for the potential composition of the schedule.