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Cornell-Penn State to Play at MSG Next Season

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Cornell has found its new opponent for its annual game at Madison Square Garden — Penn State.

A potential meeting with Penn State has been rumored since that program started, and was finalized this week.

Cornell started playing a semi-annual game against Boston University in 2007, and this season, completed its fourth such game. But in 2012, the Big Red added another game in the off years, playing Michigan.

Penn State and Cornell will play Nov. 29, 2014.

“This is a terrific opportunity to play one of the most talked about college hockey programs in the country at such an elite venue,” Cornell head coach Mike Schafer said. “We're extremely excited to play Penn State, which has been building a great program and will surely be a perennial national contender.”

The Nittany Lions, who have played at National Hockey League venues in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, will make their first appearance at the home of the NHL’s New York Rangers. The teams will face off during Thanksgiving weekend for the first time as NCAA Division I foes. During Penn State’s early varsity years, the Nittany Lions and Cornell met in Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 5, 1944.

“We’re excited to play at the World’s Most Famous Arena for the first time with the support of Penn State’s passionate alumni and fans in the area,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said. “Cornell is one of the top programs in the country, and it will make for an exciting night of hockey for everyone involved.”

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