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Penn State Weekend Sports Preview

With no basketball action on campus this Super Bowl weekend, there is still plenty of action for sports fans to occupy their time on campus to pass the time before the Big Game.

Hockey: The #1 ranked Nittany Lion Icers (21-3-1) will start a six-game homestretch this weekend with a pair of games against the #8 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Tonight’s game will start at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s game will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Icers are coming off of a weekend sweep of archrival Ohio on the road last weekend.

Sophomore Goaltender Matt Madrazo stopped all 22 shots that the Sooners slapped his way in a 3-0 win in Norman last month. The Sooners have had some discipline problems with 733 total penalty minutes, averaging 22 minutes per game. Tommy Olzyck leads the Icers with 20 goals while Justin Kirchhevel leads the team in assists (38) and points (45).

Swimming & Diving:  Both the men and women will be in action this weekend at the Natatorium. The men will face Buffalo at 4 p.m. on Friday. Saturday will have a men/women double header. The women will take to the pool against Pennsylvania foes Lehigh and St. Francis at 1 p.m. with the men taking on Lehigh also at 1 p.m.

The 2-6 men’s team will be honoring seniors Brian Alden, Scott Marino, Brent Sanderson and Mitch Scherer. The #20 ranked Women will try to improve their record to 6-3.

Men’s Tennis: The Indoor Tennis Center (next to Holuba) will be busy on Saturday afternoon. Penn State will host a double header beginning with the Nittany Lions taking on Virginia Tech at noon and Bloomsburg at 4 p.m.  The team is in the middle of a nine-match homestand. The team improved to 3-1 on the season after coming back to beat Princeton 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon after falling behind 2-0 early.

Track & Field: The Nittany Lions will finish their indoor schedule beginning Saturday at noon at Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility. It will feature Penn State volunteer assistant Ryan Whiting, who is also a U.S. Olympic hopeful. Whiting won the U.S. Open last weekend at Madison Square Garden last weekend. Standout and two-time NCAA All-American Blake Eaton will compete along with senior Joe Kovacs.

Men’s Volleyball: Like the Icers, the #5 ranked Nittany Lions will have two games this weekend beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Mount Olive (2-4). The Trojans have never beaten the Nittany Lions in four attempts. Saturday night, also at 7:30 p.m., Penn State will take on the Cal-Baptist Lacers (2-5). It will be the third time the two teams have met. The two teams are tied 1-1 in the all-time series.

The Nittany Lions are 4-1 after winning twice at the Ken and Dave Dunlap Invitational last weekend that was hosted by Ohio State.

Wrestling: The Nittany Lions will battle Nebraska tonight in Lincoln and have a quick turnaround for a Sunday afternoon match at Rec Hall. Penn State will face off against Michigan for the Big Ten Duel Title. The #2 ranked Lions are 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten this season. Michigan is 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten. Penn State has won the last two meetings against the Wolverines.

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