Good morning, Pittsburgh. Here’s your day in sports for Friday, October 16, 2015.
What’s on tap for today:
RMU will kick off it’s quest to repeat as Atlantic Hockey Conference champions when the Colonials start their season tonight at the 84 Lumber Arena against Air Force. 7:00 p.m. ESPN Radio 970-AM
Penn State will also get their home hockey slate started tonight. The Nittany Lions will host Notre Dame at 7:00 p.m. Penn State Sports Network
Week 7 of the nine-week WPIAL football season is upon us, and when the dust settles this evening, some playoff spots will have been won and lost. Included in the madness is a battle between the top Quad-A and Triple-A schools in the region when West Allegheny visits Woodland Hills at 7:30 p.m. ROOT Sports Pittsburgh
The winning Pens featured a switched-up lineup, including called-up forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Adam Clendening playing for the first time this season.
The Pens changes were precipitated by yet another injury to right-winger Beau Bennett, who missed Thursday’s game.
Panthers tight end J.P. Holtz has been named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award. The Mackey Award is given to the nation’s best tight end.
On this date in 1993, Penn State lost to the Michigan Wolverines, 21-13. The game was the first visit to the Beaver Stadium for the Wolverines and the loss marked the Nittany Lions’ first the Big Ten play. It was the 1,000th game played in the history of Penn State football.
Running back Tyrone Wheatley (right) led the way for the Wolverines with 192 on 32 carries.
He said it: “We lost three games. It’s not fun. We understood that we couldn’t lose anymore.” — Penguins center Evgeni Malkin on the team’s first victory of the season.
Photo credit: Woodland Hills Football Network, Sports Illustrated (inset)