Cal Petersen and the Irish open the regular season with a two-game road series at Penn State.

Hockey Game Notes: Irish Open Season at Penn State

Oct. 14, 2015

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Match-up: Notre Dame at Penn State
Date & Time: Friday, Oct. 16 (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 (3:00 p.m.)
Site: University Park, Pa.
Arena: Pegula Ice Arena (5,782)
Television: None
Live Streaming:
Live Radio: New Country 99.9 FM
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All-Time Series: first meeting


This weekend’s series will mark the first time Notre Dame and Penn State are meeting since Penn State became a NCAA Div. I program (2012-13).
The Irish did play the Nittany Lions four times between the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons, with the Irish posting a 3-0-1 record in those four games.
The last meetings in that stretch opened Notre Dame’s 1984-85 season (Nov. 2-3) and included an 8-2 win and a 10-3 win.
Notre Dame is 1-4-0 in two seasons of play against the Big Ten (1-3-0 vs. Minnesota, 0-1-0 vs. Ohio State).

The Irish are 23-22-2 in season-opening games, including a 4-6-0 mark under Head Coach Jeff Jackson.
Friday’s game will mark the first time Notre Dame is opening a season away from Notre Dame, Indiana since the 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri (neutral site wins over Maine and Nebraska Omaha).
The last time the Irish had true back-to-back road games to open a season was in 2011 when the Irish split a weekend series at Minnesota Duluth.

— The Nittany Lions opened the year with a 6-1 win at Canisius last Saturday (Oct. 10) and also skated to a 5-2 home exhibition win over Windsor (Oct. 4).
In the win at Canisius, Curtis Loik and David Goodwin each had a goal and two assists, David Glen had two goals and Kenny Brooks had two assists to pace the offense.
Penn State finished the game 2-for-3 on the power play, including power-play goals by Goodwin and Glen.
In net, junior goaltender Eamon McAdam made 27 saves, yielding one power-play goal in the third period.
McAdam (5-4-1, 3.13, .910) and senior Matthew Skoff (7-6-2, 2.81, .907) both return to the Nittany Lion net after playing significant minutes in 2014-15.
McAdam was a third round New York Islanders draft pick in 2013 and he was also a teammate of Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen with the Waterloo Black Hawks from 2011-2013.
The Nittany Lions went 13-2-3 last season at Pegula (an .806 winning percentage, which ranked second in NCAA Division I).

— by Dan Colleran, Athletics Communications Associate Director