PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: A general view of Consol Energy Center before Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Robert Morris University will host the inaugural Pittsburgh College Hockey Invitational at the CONSOL Energy Center this winter, hosting Penn State, Ohio State and Miami. The newest college hockey tournament will serve as a warm up to this season's Frozen Four in April.
While the puck has yet to drop on the first ever Pittsburgh College Hockey Invitational, that doesn't mean that the event can't release the participants for the second edition of the fledgling event.
According to a report in the Bowling Green, Ohio Sentinel-Tribune, Robert Morris will host Boston College, Bowling Green and Penn State in the second annual Pittsburgh College Hockey Invitational. Like the first edition of the Invitational, the event will be played at the Pittsburgh Penguins' CONSOL Energy Center between Christmas and New Year's.
The Invitational, while very light on heavy hitters, will take on a Jerry York flavor with the Eagles head coach possibly facing his former program. York guided the Bowling Green Falcons to a National Championship in 1984, the program's only title. York and Boston College last faced the Falcons in 2008, winning 5-3. BC is 11-3 all-time versus Bowling Green.
The Eagles have never faced either Robert Morris or Penn State, a program that will be in its first full season at the Division I-A level. While next season's Pittsburgh College Hockey Invitational is light on marquee opponents, the event will be a good opportunity for York and the program to gain exposure in Western Pennsylvania. On the Eagles current roster, both Patrick Wey and Parker Milner hail from the Steel City.
And hopefully it's not the only trip to Pittsburgh the Eagles make in 2013.