With the United States government shutdown that went into effect today, sports at each of the service academies have been suspended until further notice.
While the men’s football game with Army and Air Force this weekend has been cancelled, other smaller events like Army’s soccer game versus LIU will likely be cancelled. The longer that the government sits at a standstill, the more real that it could truly threaten Penn State.
The Nittany Lions are scheduled to open Pegula Ice Arena next weekend against Army, but if the game with the Black Knights is indeed cancelled, then the next opportunity for fans in State College to see their team in action comes October 25th versus RIT.
The longest homestand that Penn State has in the 2013-14 season is at five games, from November 8th through December 1. Let’s now flip to the Army hockey side of the puck.
Army’s season is at a literal standstill because of the government shutdown, and West Point looks to lose a substantial total gate from the fourteen home games that are scheduled for this season.
Just goes to show that it’s not all about football.
UPDATE: In a tweet from USCHO's Drew Claussen, Army has confirmed that their game versus Penn State will take place as scheduled.
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