Penn State (3-12-2, 1-7-0 CHA) at Mercyhurst (10-5-2, 3-2-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to College Hockey America play after sweeping a pair of 3-2 non-conference games against St. Lawrence last weekend. … The Lakers have won three straight games, all by 3-2 scores. … They end the first half next weekend with a two-game series at Lindenwood. … The Lakers have scored three goals or fewer 14 times this season. But they have allowed three goals or fewer 15 times. … Mercyhurst swept all four meetings with Penn State a season ago. … Senior F Christine Bestland needs five points to become the fifth player in program history to reach 200 career points. … Penn State snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-1 win at Lindenwood on Nov. 23, followed by a 1-1 tie with Maine last Saturday. … The Nittany Lions have a 10-38-4 record, including 2-24-2 in CHA play, in the first one-plus seasons as a NCAA Division I program. … The Nittany Lions have lost seven games by one goal. … Sophomore F Shannon Yoxheimer leads the team with five goals and 11 points, while senior F Taylor Gross has six goals and 10 points. … The Lakers will hold their annual “Pink the Rink” event Saturday in support of breast cancer awareness. The players will wear pink sweaters that will be sold for $100 apiece. All funds from ticket sales, 50-50 raffle and Chuck-A-Puck will be donated to Erie’s “Linked by Pink.”
- Victor Fernandes