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Penn State hockey set for NCAA rematch vs. Denver

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State men's hockey will make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, this time earning an at-large bid into the field of 16 when the bracket was revealed Sunday afternoon.

The Nittany Lions (18-14-5), after losing in the Big Ten semifinals, are the No. 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional and will head to Allentown's PPL Center next weekend where they will play second-seeded Denver on Saturday at 7 p.m. Penn State was bounced from NCAAs last year in the Regional final by Denver, 6-3.

Should the Nittany Lions beat Denver this time, they would play the winner of No. 1 Ohio State vs No. 4 Princeton on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., also at the PPL Center. The winner of Sunday's game advances to the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In a strange turn of events, there will be quite a few Penn State-themed activities taking place in the Allentown area next Saturday. Over in Coplay, just six miles from the PPL Center, the town will host a parade Saturday afternoon for Saquon Barkley. While Barkley will participate in pro day in State College on Tuesday, his hometown is coming together to throw him a parade ahead of April's NFL Draft.

The hockey game will air on ESPN3 and tickets for Penn State's second trip in program history to the NCAA Tournament are still available.

The bracket can be found here while the seeds for the NCAA Tournament include:

EAST

1. Notre Dame
2. Providence
3. Clarkson
4. Michigan Tech

MIDWEST

1. Ohio State
2. Denver
3. Penn State
4. Princeton

NORTHEAST

1. Cornell
2. Michigan
3. Northeastern
4. Boston University

WEST

1. St. Cloud State
2. Minnesota State
3. Minnesota-Duluth
4. Air Force

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