Penn State was back on the ice this weekend with a series against Holy Cross. Friday nights game was full of questionable calls and several refused goals. I captured the first goal of the night that got disallowed and anxiously awaited the interference call to know what happened.
Sunday the team had smooth sailing to a 7-1 win.
Asking for some hot chocolate and commenting how cold it was standing on the ice of Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State football coach James Franklin talked to a crowd of alumni and fans to kick off the Coaches Caravan. Franklin spoke after men’s soccer coach Bob Warmning talked about the growing popularity of the sport, and women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose gave some comic relief during the event that will travel around the region. Incoming Penn State president Eric Barron and his wife were even in attendance and mingled with attendees during the reception.
Penn State battled Wisconsin in their second to last weekend in Pegula. With students on spring break the student section was filled with fans that didn’t have the energy as high as usual. Last night the Nittany Lions lost, 4-2.
This evening’s game kept fans on the edge of their seats with the score tied in the third. Then with just seconds left in overtime the badgers scored to win, 3-2.
The excitement for the Pegula Ice Arena has been growing for months. Actually it’s been growing since before they broke ground on the state of the art facility to house Penn State men’s and women’s division 1 hockey. Today was the peak of the excitement, with the sold out men’s hockey opener and first event ever in the arena.
Two of us covered the game tonight to make sure we captured the night in the best way possible. My job was to cover the game action which was fun to do in a well lit arena, with photography holes, a huge improvement from Greenberg Ice Pavilion.
Central PA got the thrill of hometown hockey with a 4-1 win over Army.