Penn State faces Ohio State at home during THON Weekend

Penn State faces Ohio State at home during THON Weekend

This coming weekend is a special one for No. 15 Penn State Hockey (18-8-4, 8-5-1). Not only is it the first time the Lions have been home on THON weekend since 2013, but they are also playing Ohio State (8-16-2, 3-7-2). This presents an opportunity for the Nittany Lions to not only take part in THON, but also to redeem themselves from a previous split series against the Buckeyes earlier this season. It is also senior weekend for the hockey team, and the last home series of the season.

“It’s the last time ,” commented senior captain David Glen (Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta). “It’s been a special place over the last four years. It’s become our home.”

This is a particularly special senior day as it marks the fact that Penn State’s first freshman of the conception of its Division 1 team is now a graduating senior.

The Nittany Lions celebrate seniors Kenny Brooks, David Glen, Luke Juha, Curtis Loik, Tommy Olcyzk, Eric Scheid, Matt Skoff, and Connor Varley.

The puck drop on Friday against Ohio State will be at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 p.m. The senior day ceremony will be held prior to the game on Saturday at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Penn State is hungry for a win against the Buckeyes, who defeated Penn State 5-1 in their last game earlier this season in Ohio.

THON holds a very special place in the hearts of each member of the Penn State hockey team.

Guy Gadowsky’s team welcomes the Colton Buckley family into the lives of all of those involved in Hockey Valley this THON weekend.

To this day, Colton (9), who was diagnosed with leukemia not long ago, but is now remission, has his own locker in the Pegula Ice Arena’s home locker room, and the team regularly welcomes Colton into the team’s traditions and invites him to games and practice sessions.

loves him,” says Gadowski. “He means a lot to everyone in our program.”

After both Friday’s and Saturday’s game, the team plans to head over to the Bryce Jordan Center to take part in THON. Numerous team members have commented on how special it is to be able to be present for THON by not only by playing their final home series, but by being able to be at the BJC for the most special weekend of the Penn State calendar.

Students and fans alike had the opportunity to donate their THON weekend hockey tickets to a Four Diamonds family, a growing tradition at Penn State.

Win or lose this weekend according to the scoreboard, the Nittany Lions will no doubt be the true victors in the hearts of those who THON, especially the Colton Buckley family.