Hockey notebook: More big-time hockey coming to Consol
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This won't be the last time that marquee college hockey comes to Consol Energy Center. The arena will host the Frozen Four in April, and Robert Morris has another batch of high-profile teams coming to Pittsburgh next season.
Robert Morris will welcome Penn State, Boston College and Bowling Green to Consol Energy Center next year for a tournament. Boston College, ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com national poll, is considered by many to be this year's national championship favorite.
Friday's attendance for the two games was 11,663.
“That's what I'm most disappointed about,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowksy said. “The atmosphere in this place was unbelievable today. And we just didn't play a very good game.”
Penn State captain Tommy Olczyk, who witnessed plenty of spectacular atmospheres while growing up the son of an NHL player and coach, was impressed Friday.
“Coming out and just skating on that ice, that first period, hearing all those fans,” he said. “Such an amazing building.”
Shero has surgery
Penguins general manager Ray Shero watched the games from a luxury suite. He was joined by Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and his assistant, Todd Reirden.
Shero declined comment on the latest NHL labor developments, though he and other team officials remain optimistic the NHL will not lose a second season in eight years.
Shero recently had surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff. His right arm is in a sling, and he anticipates at least five weeks of recovery time, including rehab.
Americans lose a close one
Team USA fell to 1-1 at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship after a 2-1 loss to host Russia on Friday.
Whitehall's John Gibson stopped 28 shots for Team USA, which plays Team Canada on Sunday. NHL Network will broadcast the game live at 4:30 p.m.
The United States, Russia and Canada, top contenders to win gold, are in Group B, but all three can advance. Goal differential is a tiebreaker, and the United States is plus-7 after two games.
Gibson is one of four locally born and/or trained players on the Team USA roster.
Penn State and Robert Morris players praised the notoriously soft Consol Energy Center ice.
“We practiced here in September, and it was so bad you could barely skate,” Robert Morris forward Colin South said. “Today it was really good, though.”
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