Winter sports season provides plenty of can't-miss games

UNIVERSITY PARK – Between Pegula Ice Arena, the Bryce Jordan Center, and Rec Hall, the University Park campus will be rocking this winter. Check out our list of games, players, and moments that we think will make this winter sports season one to remember.

Wrestling

Cael Sanderson’s modern-day dynasty will host eight dual matches this season, including a headline battle against Iowa at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions have won six of the last seven NCAA titles, and standing-room only tickets were made available to the general public on Oct. 19.  Across the commonwealth, the Lions will compete at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia on Nov. 19, and they’ll also travel to Lehigh for a dual meet on Dec. 3.

Notable home matches:

Jan. 19                  Purdue

Jan. 26                  Minnesota

Feb. 3                    Ohio State

Feb. 10                 Iowa (at Bryce Jordan Center)

Men’s Ice Hockey

Guy Gadowsky and the Nittany Lions are back after a historic season a year ago, when they won the Big Ten championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, and also came within one win of the Frozen Four. Penn State played an early conference series at Minnesota in October, though the majority of Big Ten games will come after the New Year, with fans having the opportunity to see nearly all Big Ten opponents, including Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish joined the Big Ten as an affiliate member earlier this year.

Notable home games:

Nov. 24/25          Michigan State

Jan. 5/6                Wisconsin

Jan. 12/13            Ohio State

Feb. 2/3               Notre Dame

Feb. 23/24           Minnesota

Women’s Ice Hockey

First-year coach Jeff Kampersal arrives from Princeton, where he won 327 games over 21 seasons. The Nittany Lions compete in College Hockey America (CHA) and won nine games a season ago. This year, the Lions have already garnered some individual accolades, with sophomore goalie Daniela Paniccia having been named the CHA Goalie of the Week on Oct. 9. In a series against Union, Paniccia made four saves in the third period of a 3-1 win, and then she added another 20 saves in a 1-1 tie. In making 24 saves, Paniccia had a goals-against-average of 0.71 and boasted a save percentage of .960. She led CHA in both categories for that weekend.

Notable home games:

Jan. 19/20            Syracuse

Jan. 30                  Princeton

Feb. 16/17           RIT

Feb. 23/24           Lindenwood

Men’s Basketball

Patrick Chambers was characteristically upbeat during the team’s media day in October, assessing the offseason and upcoming campaign this way: “I’m really looking forward to this season. I want to see the development of these players. I’ve been watching a lot of film from last year and what we did all summer. Most of the team committed to both summer sessions, which is phenomenal … I feel like we’ve really bonded and come together as a group.” Senior guard Shep Garner returns, as does the team’s sophomore trio from Philadelphia: guards Tony Carr and Nazeer Bostick, and forward Lamar Stevens. Junior guard Josh Reaves rounds out the backcourt, with redshirt sophomore Mike Watkins adding size and muscle to the frontcourt.

Notable home games:

Dec. 4                    Wisconsin

Jan. 15                  Minnesota

Feb. 3                    Iowa

Feb. 7                    Maryland

Feb. 15                 Ohio State

Feb. 21                 Michigan 

Women’s Basketball

Coquese Washington and the Lady Lions won 21 games last season and appeared in the NIT; and for fans looking to attend home games this season, you probably won’t be disappointed. The Lady Lions finished 16-2 at the Bryce Jordan Center during the 2016-17 season. For fans in the western part of the commonwealth, the Lady Lions will play at Pitt on Dec. 17, and then kick off the home slate of the Big Ten schedule in late December.

Notable home games:

Nov. 30                 Wake Forest (B1G/ACC Challenge)

Dec. 31                 Maryland

Jan. 3                     Indiana

Feb. 4                    Michigan State

Feb. 25                 Ohio State

Women’s Volleyball

Penn State’s 2017 season has been outstanding as the squad boasts a 25-1 record. Unfortunately, its home slate has concluded. There are just three matches remaining – all on the road. 

At the conclusion of the regular season, the Nittany Lions will make another run at a National Championship under head coach Russ Rose.

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