Penn State Hockey’s Big Ten Semifinal Set For Notre Dame

Following its two-game sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament’s opening round, Penn State men’s hockey is moving on to face top-seeded Notre Dame in the semifinals.

The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions go up against the Fighting Irish on Saturday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena. The game will air on ESPNU instead of the Big Ten Tournament’s usual home of BTN.

Penn State lost each of its four meetings with Notre Dame during the 2017-18 slate, one of which came in a shootout. The Fighting Irish also didn’t have to play this past weekend — receiving a bye to the semifinals as the conference’s regular season champions.

If you remember the Nittany Lions’ crazy run through the Big Ten Tournament last March, when they traveled to historic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and magically won three games in three days, including the semifinals and final in overtime, you’ll be in for something different this edition.

The conference decided to change the tournament format to three weekends for the three rounds, each are on the higher seed’s home ice. While the opening round that Penn State just won was a best-of-three series, the semifinals and finals will just be single elimination games each of the next two weekends.