Hockey is the fastest paced of all major sports because its players rush to complete the game before the ice field melts into vinegar. Enjoy the acidic thrill of competition with this GrouponLive deal to see the Three Rivers Classic at Consol Energy Center. For $14, you get a one-day ticket for seating in section 105, 109, 116, or 120 on Saturday, December 29 (up to a $30.80 value, including all fees). Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are good for the following games:
- Tournament consolation game at 4:30 p.m.
- Tournament championship at 7:30 p.m.
Long a dream of Penguins president David Morehouse, the inaugural Three Rivers Classic starts an annual hockey tradition in Pittsburgh, with four top NCAA Division I teams converging for a weekend of on-ice face-offs. Contestants include Robert Morris University’s squad, directed by ninth-year head coach Derek Schooley. Coming off back-to-back winning seasons in the AHA, the team silences opponents with the imposing barrier of senior goalkeeper Eric Levine, whose .913 save percentage ranks as the third best ever in a single season. Now in his second year as head coach, Penn State’s Guy Gadowsky and his lineup of blade-top warriors angle to better their 29–5–0 2011–12 season.
Ohio State’s puck slappers look to Brady Hjelle’s 1.46 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, which place him comfortably atop the conference's current crop of net blockers. Miami University underclassmen forwards Riley Barber and Austin Czarnik hold the title of the CCHA's top scorers with a combined 29 points on the ice and jaw-dropping triple-word-score play of "xylophone" in intramural Scrabble. After shaking out the rankings Friday, all of the schools will return Saturday, starting with a consolation match between the first day's fallen teams. Following an ice-clearing pause, the victors duke it out with the tourney's title at 7:30 p.m.