The 2013 Three Rivers Classic college hockey tournament will begin tomorrow afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center.
Perennial college hockey power No. 7 Boston College and Bowling Green will join tournament regulars Penn State and Robert Morris this year as first-time participants.
In the preliminary round, Boston College and Bowling Green will compete at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 27. Local schools Penn State and Robert Morris will play in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
The championship game will be held on Saturday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the 4:30 p.m. consolation match.
Boston College is the second top-10 nationally ranked program to compete in the Three Rivers Classic after last season’s field of four featured No. 5 Miami (Ohio).
The Eagles are 10-4-2 (6-1-1 Hockey East) this season and currently lead the nation with an 89.9% (71-for-79) success rate on the penalty kill.
Robert Morris will open their second Three Rivers Classic appearance as the defending tournament champion. The Colonials outscored Penn State and Miami (Ohio), 7-0, in last season’s Three Rivers Classic behind tournament MVP Eric Levine’s 99 total saves.
Penn State is in its second overall season as an NCAA Division-I program and first as a Big Ten Conference team. The Nittany Lions have played six consecutive games against nationally ranked opponents and have scored three or more goals in three of their last four games.
Bowling Green—the alma mater of Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma and assistant coach Todd Reirden—enters tournament play with an 8-8-4 (6-6-2 WCHA) record and 3.0 goals-per-game average.
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