Robert Morris, RIT Get Winter Classic Tuneup Spot

Robert Morris and RIT will play an Atlantic Hockey game at the new Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh as part of the lead-up to the 2011 Winter Classic.

The Colonials and the Tigers will play at 3 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 30, the first game in a doubleheader that also features an AHL game between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting the NHL’s Winter Classic at Heinz Field on Jan. 1.

“We are very excited that the Penguins have asked us to participate in this special hockey event,” Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley said in a statement. “We feel this is going to be a great event for our student-athletes as well as our university. We are privileged to be able to be part of such a wonderful event.”

Said RIT coach Wayne Wilson: “This is a great opportunity and I am very proud that our program is able be a part of the Winter Classic. We play a very good team in Robert Morris in a brand new, state-of-the-art arena, which will be a great experience for us.”

Robert Morris is also scheduled to play at the new home of the Penguins on Oct. 17 in the RMU Hockey Showcase.

Consol Energy Center will host the 2013 Frozen Four.


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