Penn State Nittany Lions women's ice hockey
|Penn State Nittany Lions women's ice hockey|
|University||Pennsylvania State University|
|Head coach||Josh Brandwene|
|1st year, 1–1–0|
|Arena||Pegula Ice Arena
|Location||University Park, Pennsylvania|
|Colors||Blue and White
|ACHA Tournament Appearances|
|2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 2010|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|ECWHL: 1999, 2003|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|ECWHL: 1999 2003, 2012|
The Penn State Nittany Lions women's ice hockey is a NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents the Penn State University in the competition. Prior to the 2012-13 season the program was designated as a varsity club sport and competed at the ACHA Division I level. PSU was previously a member of Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League (ECWHL). They play at the Penn State Ice Pavilion Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania.
The Penn State Lady Icers began play at the non-NCAA level in the American Collegiate Hockey Association in 2000, when the ACHA started their Women's League. During the program's tenure at the ACHA Division I level the team has made the ACHA tournament six times, including the 2002 ACHA Women's Final Four. The team completed their final season at the ACHA D1 level in February 2012. The team played a mixed schedule of ACHA and conference opponents as well as various NCAA Division III teams. The team fished the regular seasons claiming the ECWHL conference title but lost in the conference playoffs to Rhode Island in the Eastern Collegiate Women’s Hockey playoff tournament. The Lady Icers also missed the American Collegiate Hockey Association tournament for the second straight season and finished the season with an overall record of 12-15-3. For the current season(2012–13), they are competing at the ACHA D2 level. Their record stands at 6-2-1, with one final league game approaching on February 22. After the final ACHA ranking placed them 4th in the East division, they will move on to represent Penn State in the 2013 ACHA National Tournament this coming March in Ashburn, VA. .
Move to NCAA
After years of speculation the program will move to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level along with men's ice hockey team with the completion of a new 6,000-seat ice arena to replace the undersized and aging 1,350-seat Penn State Ice Pavilion Over the summer of 2010 it was reported that Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and Terrence Pegula, a PSU alumnus, billionaire hockey fan, and possible large donor visited Minnesota’s hockey facilities and the new on-campus Notre Dame Ice Arena currently under construction at Notre Dame and other CCHA schools. On September 17, 2010 it was officially announced the men's and women's ice hockey programs will move to the NCAA Division I level for the 2012-13 season. The men's team will compete as an independent team until the new arena is completed in Spring of 2014, with the possibility of opening as early as December 2013.
In May 2011 the university announced the hiring of Josh Brandwene as the first varsity women's hockey head coach. Brandwene replaces Mo Stroemel, who served as heard coach of the ACHA DI team accumulating a record of 36 wins, 59 losses, and 3 ties in four seasons with the Lady Icers. On June 21, 2011, it was announced that Stroemel and Gina Kearns would join the Penn State coaching staff as assistants. Stroemel will help Penn State transition to NCAA Division I for the 2012-13 season. Gina Kearns was the assistant coach of the Neumann University Knights and coached there from 2009 to 2011. In September 2011, Penn State women's ice hockey was accepted into College Hockey America, becoming the fifth member of the conference after Wayne State abruptly ended their women's hockey program, dropping conference membership to only four teams for the 2011-12 season. The Nittany Lions were accepted for admission into the CHA for 2012–13 season, their first season in the NCAA.
Lady Icers in Professional ice hockey
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