Women's hockey announces challenging 2015-16 slate

May 29, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Coming off of its best season in program history, the Penn State women's hockey team has released a challenging slate for the 2015-16 campaign, head coach Josh Brandwene announced Friday.

Four NCAA Tournament participants appear on the Nittany Lions' schedule, the fourth season in the program's history.

"We have a terrific schedule," Brandwene said. "Challenging non-conference play and the always tough CHA league circuit is a lot to look forward to. I can't wait to get started and see this veteran team continue to grow and accomplish great things next year."

The Nittany Lions will host an exhibition contest against the University of Guelph (Ont.), which finished fifth at the 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's hockey championship, its first trip to the national tournament in 15 years.

Penn State opens its regular season at Pegula Ice Arena with a series against the defending national champion, Minnesota, with contests on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

The Blue and White travel to Boston University for its first road trip of the year with games on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10. Last season, the Terriers made their sixth straight NCAA Tournament, producing their fifth 20-win campaign in as many seasons.

A return to Happy Valley follows with a series against Union on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. The Dutchwomen finished the year with a 4-22-8 record, stringing together a 3-1-1 December.

The Nittany Lions stay in University Park for the ensuing series, against UConn on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25. The Huskies reached the Women's Hockey East Association (WHEA) semifinals for the first time in five seasons last year.

The College Hockey America (CHA) season kicks off in Wentzville, Mo., against Lindenwood for a Halloween series on October 30 and October 31. Penn State defeated Lindenwood in the first round of the 2015 CHA Tournament.

The first CHA series at Pegula Ice Arena is against Mercyhurst on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. The No. 1 seed in the 2015 CHA Tournament, the Lakers were ousted by RIT in the semi-finals.

The Nittany Lions then travel to in-state conference rivals Robert Morris, facing off on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Colonials will return three of its four leading scorers and their starting goaltender in 2015-16.

A two-game non-conference set at St. Lawrence is up next on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 The Saints posted a 19-12-5 record last year, finishing the season with the nation's 11th-best RPI.

Penn State visits Syracuse on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 for a CHA tilt. The Orange fell in the 2015 CHA Tournament championship game in double overtime to RIT.

To wrap up the fall semester, the Blue and White will venture to Princeton for non-conference match-ups on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. Penn State split the season series with Princeton in 2014-15. The Tigers recorded a 15-14-2 mark last year, finishing second in the Ivy League at 7-2-1.

The Nittany Lions open the spring semester at Ohio State, with the teams facing off in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3. The Buckeyes finished 17-16-3 last season.

After a bye week, Penn State takes to the ice to visit CHA Tournament defending champion RIT on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16.

January and February sees the return of the Nittany Lions to Pegula Ice Arena for an eight-game CHA home stand.

Robert Morris comes to Happy Valley for contests on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23.

Penn State welcomes RIT on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30.

A home series against Syracuse follows on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.

The Nittany Lions face off against Lindenwood the next weekend, hosting the Lady Lions on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13.

The regular season concludes with a series at Mercyhurst on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20.

The CHA Tournament kicks off on Feb. 26, with the Tournament quarterfinals, a best-of-two series, on Feb. 26-28. The conference finals will be held on March 3 and 4.

The 2015-16 Nittany Lions add four newcomers and return nearly their entire roster from a 2014-15 campaign that saw Penn State finish with the best record in school history at 17-16-4. The Blue and White set program marks for wins, power play goals (23) and shorthanded goals (3).

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Last Updated May 29, 2015