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Series Preview: Penn State vs. Liberty


What: The Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Club, 2012-13's ACHA national runners-up, opens its second season with a home series against Liberty

When: Friday, September 27th at 10:15 p.m. and Saturday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Pegula Ice Arena Community Rink (Friday) and Galactic Ice Arena in Altoona (Saturday)

Notable: Friday's contest marks the first intercollegiate hockey game of any kind played in Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State's $90 million facility that opened earlier this month

The Opponent

Name: Liberty University
Nickname: Flames
Location: Lynchburg, VA

About Liberty: The Flames, like Penn State, are playing in their first official games this season following a pair of scrimmages two weekends ago against the Carolina Lighting U16s. Liberty is attempting to reverse its fortunes from a disastrous 0-12-0 record in 2012-13 and will look to leaders like State College product Rena Leone to get off to a good start. Goalie Leanne Niemi, the younger sister of head coach Sara Niemi, is another player to watch, as she posted a 0.911 save percentage last year despite being constantly under siege.

Trivia: Liberty is the only school to sponsor teams in all five ACHA divisions (men's divisions 1, 2 and 3, women's divisions 1 and 2)

Record (2012-13): 0-12-0
Conference: DVCHC
Head Coach: Sara Niemi (2nd year)
Goals Scored Per Game (2012-13): 0.58
Goals Allowed Per Game (2012-13): 5.83

Team website:
http://www.liberty.edu/campusrec/clubsports/?PID=25959&TeamID=7