Penn State Nittany Lions hockey has only been an NCAA sport for two seasons. They will get their feet held to the fire for a second time this year, despite being on ice. Bear with me here.
Boston College faced the Nittany Lions once before this season: the championship game of the Three Rivers Classic, a game in which the Eagles won an 8-2 blowout on December 28. This will be Boston College hockey’s first trip to Happy Valley. The Eagles are 2-2-1 against Big Ten hockey teams so far this season.
Of course, this is also a team that now has not lost since late November, going 9-0-1 over their last ten games. This non-conference tilt can help the Eagles keep their streak going as the Beanpot approaches.
Chase Rettig, four-year starter at Boston College, will play in the College All-Star Bowl on Valentine’s Day, February 14, in Greenville, South Carolina.
This is good news for him and with any luck, he’ll impress. His NFL Draft status is probably “undrafted free agent” but some good exposure may keep him on the radar of some teams, even if he is a UDFA in May.
Matt Patchan is the guy we soon hope Ian Silberman and Tyler Murphy will be: a talented player from the Florida Gators who came to Boston College and figured it all out. He had a strong season on the offensive line for the Eagles, and getting to play in the Senior Bowl was an appropriate honor.
Football: One more skate for CM’s Kevin Bletzer
Steve Addazio is bringing local product Kevin Bletzer into the football program this year, but right down the road in West Roxbury, near the Soaring to Glory World Headquarters, he has spent quite a bit of time playing hockey. ESPN Boston has a nice read on how he’s transitioning to solely play football.
We support all Eagles sports here, even the tennis team, which has had some rough times. They opened the 2014 season with a loss at Georgetown.