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Penn State Hockey To Host Wisconsin In First Round Of The Big Ten Tournament

Penn State men’s hockey needed every last game of the regular season to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

The Nittany Lions beat Notre Dame 3-2 on Saturday night, and a Wisconsin sweep over Michigan secured a first-round matchup between Penn State and the Badgers at Pegula Ice Arena. Game one of the series will be played at 8 p.m. Friday, and the second game will get started at 6 p.m. Saturday. If necessary, the two teams will play a third and final game at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for this weekend’s postseason series will go on sale to the general public at 2 p.m. Monday. Season ticket holders and members of the Nittany Lion Club will have access to a pre-sale, which is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Monday. Seats for all three games will be sold individually, and they’ll be sold for the same price as regular season tickets.

Guy Gadowsky’s program finished in fourth place in the Big Ten standings for the third consecutive season. The Nittany Lions were the No. 4 seed in their Big Ten title run following the 2016-17 regular season, and the team finished in fourth after sweeping Minnesota in the final series of the 2017-18 regular season.

The Big Ten tournament debuted a new format last season. Games in the previous format were all played at a neutral site — either the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota or Joe Louis Arena in Detroit — but Notre Dame’s addition to the conference brought a change to the conference tournament. The regular season champion gets home-ice advantage throughout the competition, and the No. 2, 3, and 4 seeds all host first-round matchups.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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