|The ice at Fredonia's Steele Hall will remain empty Tuesday night.|
As first reported by USCHO's Dan Hickling, the men's team's scheduled game at NCAA Division III Fredonia scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed due to conditions resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Both teams later confirmed the news and announced that the game would be made up on December 11th at 7:00 p.m.
The game, as originally scheduled, was to be an interesting test of the Nittany Lions' focus, which Guy Gadowsky indicated may have been lacking after the October 19th shutout loss at DIII Buffalo State. Coming off of a big weekend sweep at Army and Sacred Heart, PSU would have had to grind through a mid-week road game before heading back home for a Saturday revenge match with the Bengals, the team's first at the Ice Pavilion since October 12th.
Rescheduling for December 11th, also a Tuesday, may actually ratchet up the challenge a little bit though. That date follows a weekend series at Holy Cross on December 7th and 8th and precedes a return home to play Robert Morris on the 15th. The position of that set of games just before the holiday break also adds a different element to the new date.
For Fredonia, which has started 2-2-0 (1-1-0 SUNYAC), the challenge will be less intense. They'll now host PSU in a semester-closing game, coming off of a home-and-home weekend with Elmira.
Last season, at the Ice Pavilion and in front of an electric crowd, the Icers rallied from second-period deficits of 3-1 and 4-2 to beat the Blue Devils 5-4. Justin Kirchhevel scored twice, with George Saad connecting on the winner 5:46 into the third period. Matt Madrazo recovered from early struggles to make 29 saves on 33 shots.