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2012 NCAA Hockey schedule: No. 5 Miami (OH) headlines Three Rivers Classic

The No. 5 Miami (OH) RedHawks headline the Three Rivers Classic college hockey tournament this weekend. Ohio State, Penn State and Robert Morris will need to play extremely well to knock off Miami.

Alexander Hassenstein

The No. 5 Miami (OH) and Ohio State NCAA Division I men's hockey teams both return to action this weekend, as the Three Rivers Classic post-holiday tournament is set to unfold on Dec. 28 and 29. Miami, Ohio State, Robert Morris and Penn State are all part of this quick four-team tourney, and the No. 5 RedHawks are the only ranked team in the group -- though Ohio State and Robert Morris have both received votes in the latest USCHO poll.

Miami is the clear favorite to win the tournament, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to the pressure in their first neutral site games of the season. In fact, none of the teams in the field have played a neutral site game in 2012, so it will be a nice test for everyone involved.

Three Rivers Classic Tournament Schedule (all games will be played at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA)

Friday, December 28, 2012

4:30 p.m. ET Penn State vs. Robert Morris

7:30 p.m. ET No. 5 Miami (OH) vs. Ohio State

Saturday, December 29, 2012

4:30 p.m. ET Loser of Penn State/Robert Morris vs. Loser of No. 5 Miami (OH)/Ohio State

7:30 p.m. ET Winner of Penn State/Robert Morris vs. Winner of No. 5 Miami (OH)/Ohio State

Be sure to check out the complete USCHO.com poll and the full weekend schedule to get a closer look at what else is happening around NCAA Division I men's hockey.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.