Three Rivers Classic preview: Robert Morris vs Penn State showdown

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Penn State

Although the two-day event is indeed a tournament, the main event of the Three Rivers Classic often isn’t the championship, but rather the first night’s inner-state rivalry between the Colonials and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Robert Morris is currently winning the series over the Lions 3-2, and the young tradition has quickly become a major rivalry between the two teams. Penn State enters the contest ranked 14th in the nation, a spot that they have earned after their four win streak following their slaughtering of Vermont, Michigan State twice, and Princeton.

The interesting thing about the Lions this season is that they arguably have no star player on the offensive front, and still remain one of the best offenses in college hockey. They have 12 multi-goal scorers this season, and also rank 17th in defense in the country.

It is a welcome home party for two of the Nittany Lions, as they have two Pittsburgh natives; Matthew Skoff of Mckees Rocks, and Matt Mendelson of Upper St. Clair. Skoff, a senior goalie, is 4-1-3 so far this season, and participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins development camp this summer.

The Lions are currently on a nine game unbeaten streak, which is a program best.

Final Prediction: RMU 5, PSU 4

Penn State should get the early lead, but as the game goes on they will rack up penalties and Robert Morris’ power play will prevail.

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Tickets for the first night where Robert Morris faces Penn State, and the second night championship game are still available for purchase here:

If you are going, and are from Pittsburgh, City of Champions suggests that you sit in the Robert Morris fans sections: 103, 104, 105, or 106. The programs fan base is still developing, so new supporters are always welcomed.