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.