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Penn State to Face Union in NCAA Tourney

Penn State will face Union College in its first NCAA Hockey Tournament as a third seed in the Midwest Region.

After a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 2 Wisconsin giving the Nittany Lions the Big Ten Championship, Penn State men's hockey learned the next step for the team in the NCAA Tournament. Saturday, the Lions (24-11-2), a three seed, will face Union College (25-9-3), a two seed, in the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In terms of tournament teams this season, Union went 1-4-1, including a loss to Boston University, a 1-1 record against Harvard, and a 0-2-1 record against Cornell, including a 4-1 loss to the Big Red in their ECAC semifinal game. Penn State went 3-6-1 on the season against tournament squads, going 1-0-1 against Notre Dame, 1-2-1 against Ohio State and 1-4 against Minnesota, including the teams' double overtime victory over the Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal round.

On the season Penn State has 147 goals on 1659 shots (.089 shooting percentage) while  Union has 143 goals on 1229 shots (.116 shooting percentage). Union has scored on 40 of its 190 (.211) power-play attempts while the Lions have scored on 34 of 165 (.206) of their power plays.

In terms of common opponents, Union went 1-1 against Michigan, a team the Lions went 3-2 against, including a quarterfinal conference tournament win. Union went 4-0 against Princeton, which PSU went 0-1 against.

The brackets break down as follows:

Northeast Regional - Manchester, New Hampshire

No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 4 Notre Dame

No. 2 UMass Lowell vs. No. 3 Cornell

East Regional - Providence, Rhode Island

No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 4 Providence

No. 2 Western Michigan vs. No. 3 Air Force

Midwest Regional - Cincinnati, Ohio

No. 1 Denver vs. No. 4 Michigan Tech

No. 2 Union vs. No. 3 Penn State

West Regional - Fargo, North Dakota

No. 1 Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 4 Ohio State

No. 2 Boston University vs. No. 3 North Dakota

Penn State's regional game is slated to be played at 4:30 pm on Saturday, March 25 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

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