|Tess Weaver has scored an overtime winner against a team PSU will play four times this season. Photo: PennStateWomensHockey.com|
UPDATE 5/17, 11:00 A.M.: I've added the CHA tournament dates to the schedule.
The College Hockey America website has posted PSU's schedule for the coming season. Asterisks denote CHA conference opponents.
Without further ado, here it is. Meet me after for more post.
Fri. 5 at Vermont
Sat. 6 at Vermont
Sat. 13 vs. Syracuse*, 2:00 p.m.
Sun. 14 vs. Syracuse*, 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 19 at Sacred Heart, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 20 at Sacred Heart, 2:00 p.m.
Thu. 25 vs. RIT*, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 26 vs. RIT*, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 2 vs. Sacred Heart, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 3 vs. Sacred Heart, 2:00 p.m.
Sat. 10 vs. Robert Morris*, 2:00 p.m.
Sun. 11 vs. Robert Morris*, 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 16 at Lindenwood*, 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 17 at Lindenwood*, 3:00 p.m.
Fri. 30 at Mercyhurst*, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 1 at Mercyhurst*, 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 7 at St. Lawrence
Sat. 8 at St. Lawrence
Fri. 4 vs. Chatham (NCAA DIII)
Sat. 5 vs. Chatham (NCAA DIII)
Fri. 11 at Union
Sat. 12 at Union
Fri. 25 at Syracuse*
Sat. 26 at Syracuse*
Tue. 29 vs. Princeton
Fri. 1 vs. Mercyhurst*, 2:00 p.m.
Sat. 2 vs. Mercyhurst*, 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 8 vs. Lindenwood*, 2:00 p.m.
Sat. 9 vs. Lindenwood*, 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 15 at RIT*, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 16 at RIT*, 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 22 at Robert Morris*
Sat. 23 at Robert Morris*
Fri. 1 - Sun. 3 First Round (Best of three, 6th place at 3rd place, 5th place at 4th place)
Fri. 8 Semifinals at 1st place (TBA vs. 1st place, TBA vs. 2nd place)
Sat. 9 Championship at 1st place (Semifinal winners)
I've created a stand-alone page with this information for convenient future reference.
Obviously, CHA opposition forms the core of the schedule, with four games each (two home, two away) against league opponents Mercyhurst, Robert Morris, Lindenwood, RIT and Syracuse. The Mercyhurst games will certainly serve as a measuring stick for the first-year program, as the Lakers have been the CHA's alpha dog throughout the league's history and have appeared in the NCAA tournament in each of the last eight seasons. At the same time, RIT is the not-really-defending Division III national champs, and they'll also make their Division I debut this season. Lindenwood went through their first-year growing pains in 2011-2012 (with an 8-21-0 record), and the pair of former ACHA teams in transition will make for an interesting matchup.
When stacking this schedule side-by-side with what's known of the men's schedule, one can see a couple shared men's/women's home weekends that will be must-attends for PSU hockey die-hards. Undoubtedly, one highlight will be that October 12-14 stretch where both teams play their first home games as NCAA programs. With the women playing on Saturday and Sunday afternoon against Syracuse, it's pretty safe to say that the men's games against American International will be Friday and Saturday night.
While that will be exciting for the history of the occasion, it may be topped by November 9-11. On Friday and Saturday night (again, I'm assuming those start times) the men play Air Force in what's likely to be their toughest home games of the season. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the women play RMU, the defending CHA tournament champions.
The Lady Colonials represent four of the ten games against teams faced by the Lady Icers last season. RMU clubbed Penn State 12-0 on September 23rd, but PSU fared much better against Sacred Heart on January 14th when Tess Weaver's overtime goal gave the Lady Icers their first-ever win against a DI program. A pair of ties against DIII Chatham (those games will count as exhibitions this year) complete PSU's track record against this season's opposition.
Out-of-conference series with Vermont, St. Lawrence and Union, as well as a stand-alone tilt with Princeton, round out the schedule. SLU was easily the best of the four last season. The Saints finished 24-10-4, a mark that included an ECAC tournament championship win over eventual Frozen Four team Cornell and the NCAA tournament appearance that accompanies it.