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National Powers Boston College, Bowling Green to Join Robert Morris, Penn State in the Three Rivers Classic December 27-28 at CONSOL Energy Center

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Two-day packages and single-day tickets are on sale now

National power Boston College and Bowling Green will join local schools Robert Morris University and Penn State University in the second annual Three Rivers Classic college hockey tournament December 27-28 at CONSOL Energy Center.

Boston College has won three of the last five NCAA national championships, while Bowling Green is the alma mater of Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma and assistant coach Todd Reirden.

Two-day packages and single-day tickets are on sale now and available at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Two-day packages start from $20 and single-day tickets start at $12.50.

Robert Morris enters the tournament as defending champions following last year’s dramatic 1-0 upset of Miami (Ohio) University in the championship game.

This year, No. 6-ranked Boston College will take on Bowling Green at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, followed by the two locals, Robert Morris and Penn State, squaring off in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.

Last year the Colonials defeated the Nittany Lions, 6-0, on the first day to advance to Saturday’s championship tilt.

Both first-day winners will square off in the championship game the next night at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Boston College, which boasts a 10-4-2 record heading into the tournament, is one of the most-illustrious programs in men’s college hockey history. Four players who have suited up for the Penguins this season – Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Chuck Kobasew, Brian Gibbons and the recently-recalled Brian Dumoulin – all won national championships playing for the Eagles.

Bill Guerin, Joe Mullen, Kevin Stevens and Ian Moran are some of the past Penguins who starred at Boston College.

The Eagles head coach, Jerry York, is the NCAA’s all-time wins leader (945) and a five-time national champion. His last four titles have come at Boston College, but his first one came in 1984 when he was the head coach at Bowling Green.

During his 15-year stint at Bowling Green, York led his teams to six NCAA tournament appearances. York’s final two tournament berths in 1988-89 and ’89-90 included a then-teenage forward named Dan Bylsma on his roster.

This season the Bowling Green Falcons and head coach Chris Bergeron have posted a 7-8-3 record heading into the team’s final two games before the Three Rivers Classic, back-to-back meetings this upcoming weekend with Michigan Tech.

Although head coach Derek Schooley’s Colonials have struggled at times this season, RMU looks forward to defending its crown in this tournament. Last year, RMU did not allow a single goal as tournament MVP Eric Levine denied all 99 shots he faced while earning back-to-back shutouts.

Robert Morris is led offensively this season by junior Cory Wydo – a member of last year’s Three Rivers Class All-Tournament Team – who has a team-high 11 goals and 14 points in 13 games. Zac Lynch leads RMU with 15 points (6G-9A).

Second-year head coach Guy Gadowsky and the Penn State Nittany Lions continued the process of building a program from the ground up by opening the beautiful Pegula Ice Arena with a 4-1 defeat of Army on Oct. 11. The Nittany Lions are coming off a hard-fought 4-3 loss to the No.-17 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Madison on Dec. 7.

Redshirt sophomore Eric Scheid is Penn State’s leader in both goals (7) and points (11). Between the pipes, McKees Rocks, Pa. native Matthew Skoff is 3-5-1 with a 3.27 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.

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