Pegula Ice Arena To Host NHL Preseason Game Between Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres

By Kaitlyn Dividock on June 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm
Sep 26, 2016; State College, PA, USA; A general view of the Pegula Ice Arena during the third period of a preseason hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Buffalo Sabres. The Wild defeated the Sabres 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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For the third time in four years, Penn State will play host to an NHL preseason game when the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres face off at Pegula Ice Arena on Monday, September 16.

"Our organization is excited to return to Penn State this fall to face the Penguins," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. "We know the atmosphere at Pegula Ice Arena will be loud and we look forward to putting on a great show for all of the NHL fans in Hockey Valley."

Resident Penn State hockey super-investor, and Sabres owner Terry Pegula is seeing to it that this September exhibition is becoming a regular event on the Happy Valley sports calendar. It's a great way for local hockey fans in State College to see professionals take the ice live on campus.

"Partnering with the organization for the third time in four years is a very special opportunity for Hockey Valley," said Assistant Athletic Director Michael Cross in a press release on Tuesday morning. "Terry and Kim Pegula's continued support of this unique tradition at college hockey's best venue promises to be another memorable event."

The Sabres are 1-1 all-time at Pegula after losing to the Minnesota Wild back in 2016 thanks to a Jason Zucker go-ahead power play goal, and then defeating the then-defending, back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Penguins in 2017 by a 4-3 final.

The Penguins will be opening up their six-game preseason schedule in this clash with the Sabres, making it the second time in the last three seasons Pittsburgh has traveled to State College, Pa.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.