Friday will be a college hockey night in Pittsburgh.
Robert Morris University will take on Ohio State in the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase at 8 p.m. at Mellon Arena.
In a preliminary game, the club teams from Robert Morris and Washington & Jefferson will face off at 5 p.m. The NCAA Division-I showdown between the Colonials and Buckeyes will follow at 8 p.m.Pittsburgh Penguins forward Ryan Malone – the first Pittsburgh-trained player to make it to the NHL – will drop the ceremonial first puck before the 8 p.m. face-off.
“We are once again excited about the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase game at Mellon Arena,” said Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley. “Last year’s game against Notre Dame was well attended and exciting for Robert Morris University. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Mellon Arena have been very supportive of NCAA Division-I hockey in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”
It marks the second-straight year Robert Morris has played a home game at Mellon Arena. The Colonials battled top-ranked Notre Dame at the same venue last season.
“It was a great experience for us last year to play Notre Dame at Mellon Arena. We had a really good crowd and are expecting the same this year,” Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley said. “It’s exciting to play in an NHL building and it’s exciting to play a recognized school and to be able to play at home and play on the same ice the Penguins get to play on.
“The neat thing about the game is that it’s not just a showcase for our hockey program, but it’s a showcase for our university,” he continued. “To be able to associate ourselves with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ohio State is not just a good thing for our hockey program; it’s a great thing for our whole university. That’s something we take pride in. It’s a great showcase for our whole university.”
|C.J. Severyn at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. |
The contest will feature plenty of local ties as Robert Morris has three area players in Sean Berkstresser, Eric Trax and Denny Urban. Ohio State has locals Sergio Somma and C.J. Severyn on its squad. Severyn was a seventh-round selection (186th overall) of the Calgary Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
“There’s no doubt that Pittsburgh hockey is growing. We have some very good players from Pittsburgh and so does Ohio State,” Schooley said. “It’s neat to be able to see players from Pittsburgh dotting the rosters of Division-I programs.
“I am sure it’s neat for the Pittsburgh kids to be able to play at a place they have grown up watching hockey. It’s exciting to see the guys playing in front of that many people,” he continued. “For many, that’s the biggest building they’ll play in for college hockey. It’s a neat experience. I can’t thank the Penguins and the people at Mellon Arena enough for everything they’ve done to get this game together.”
Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. For more ticket information, please call the Penguins at 412-642-PENS or the Robert Morris ticket office at 412-262-8449.