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Nittany Notebook (11-5): PSU hockey schedule released; Curve need new manager

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Update: 2:30 p.m.

**Penn State’s hockey team will open the season Nov. 19-20 at Minnesota, as part of the phase I schedule released Thursday by the Big Ten. The first home games are Dec. 2-3 against Michigan.

From PSU’s press relase:

The full schedule will feature 24 conference games for each team, plus an additional four contests per school against Arizona State hosted at Big Ten venues. The 2020-21 schedule will conclude March 18-20, 2021, with the Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament.

The Nittany Lions begin the 2020-21 slate against the Golden Gophers 271 days after their final contest of 2019-20 also against Minnesota. Penn State secured a 3-2 victory that night, ultimately clinching its first-ever Big Ten regular season championship. The two teams were then scheduled to meet again at Pegula Ice Arena in the Big Ten semifinal prior to the remainder of the 2020 postseason being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the two-game series in Minneapolis, Penn State will travel to Wisconsin for a midweek affair on November 23-24 before returning home to close out the fall semester.

The Nittany Lions open the home portion of their schedule with a midweek series against Michigan on December 2-3 and close the semester with a Friday-Sunday series versus Arizona State on December 11 and 13.

Update: 1:30 p.m.

**The Altoona Curve were to be managed during the 2020 season by veteran manager Dave Turgeon, but that didn’t happen since there was no season because of the coronavirus. Now, Turgeon won’t get a chance to manage the Curve at all, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Also, for those who missed the news a while back, Larry Broadway is no longer the Pirates’ farm director, according to the P-G. That news went under the radar toward the end of the regular season, but it is significant.

Broadway was one of the few baseball operations guys retained by the Pirates when new GM Ben Cherington came on board, that despite Broadway having been heavily criticized at times during his years as farm director. His boss, Kyle Stark, was not retained by Cherington, but Broadway did keep his job — for one more season, at least.

Update: 10:45 a.m.


Update: 9:45 a.m.

**This is a good video the folks at the Altoona Mirror do every week previewing high school football games. Check it out:

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