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  • Reddington
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    How is Mercyhurst Looking? I know you still have Dobson, Thiessen and Vasko. I can't believe Vasko is already a senior! Time flies. Nuutinen and Robillard had great senior years, it is to bad that the NCAA's were cancelled last year as those Seniors had Moxy.

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  • Lindsay
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    Yes, hoping the Hurst can get a couple games in soon. Issue last weekend was RIT COVID tests, but I think they are supposed to play this weekend

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  • ZedLeppelin
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    Originally posted by Reddington View Post
    Victoria K needs to get the Nuutinen attention.
    You got that right - Victoria Klimek has played five games for Syracuse and has four goals and two assists...on thirteen shots (she had nine goals in all of last season). Not a bad way to start her senior year. Speaking of Nuutinen, specifically her alma mater Mercyhurst, you have to feel for them getting virused out of a chance to play even a single game yet this season. Syracuse already has five games under their belt, Penn State has four, and Mercyhurst hasn't played. I really hope at the end of this sorta-season, the CHA doesn't try to come up with a pretend conference "champion".

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  • Reddington
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    Victoria K needs to get the Nuutinen attention.

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  • ZedLeppelin
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    Freshmen Kiara Zanon and Josie Bothun took home their first CHA Weekly Awards: http://chawomenshockey.com/news/2020...ly-awards.aspx

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  • mar7967
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    Originally posted by ZedLeppelin View Post

    Daily Collegian article on the new 3-on-3 OT: https://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports...3ef867b23.html

    The article implies the shootout applies to the women's game too (after 5 mins of 3 on 3), yet neither you, PSU's recap, nor SU's recap mention a shootout - what happened? Was there a shootout? Who won it?

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  • phillydog
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    Originally posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Takeaways after this weekend against Syracuse:

    Historically, Syracuse has always had Penn State's number, so getting swept wouldn't have been a surprise here. I don't think anyone would have predicted Penn State coming away with a win and an OT tie, especially considering how young this team is. Jeff Kampersal has to be happy with the weekend.

    On the plus side after four games, Penn State looks more offensive-minded than ever. Even better, it's not just the Natalie Heising Show, as much as her leadership is counted on. These freshman forwards are all go, all the time, and don't show any "new to D-1" hesitation at all. In the four games played so far, Penn State has put shots on goal of 41, 58, 41, and 46. That's a consistently busy offense, and it's not just coming from the top line, either. A big surprise is freshman goalie Josie Bothun - she has a .977 save percentage, a shutout, and a 3-0-1 record, in a season where she was expected to be warming the bench with three other goalies.

    On the down side, Penn State has had 17 penalties in their four games, but that can probably be attributed to the youth of the team. At the same time, their opponents have gotten 25 penalties, so at least Penn State is staying on top of the powerplay chances. I'm in a good mood, so I'm not going to mention powerplay goals - only powerplay chances.

    Overall, in this shortened season, this Penn State team looks really good. This freshman class got a lot of preseason hype, but they're living up to it. None of them play timid, and they're not afraid to bang with opponents on the boards. They work hard for the full 60 minutes and don't take a shift off...it's a fun team to watch so far.

    The Penn State game recap: https://gopsusports.com/news/2020/12...n-2-2-tie.aspx

    Daily Collegian article on the new 3-on-3 OT: https://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports...3ef867b23.html

    Spot on with your assessment. I like what I have seen thus far out of this team. The freshmen are transitioning well to D1 play and are contributing out of the gate. Jeff's recruiting acumen is on display and supported with their current record. It is a solid squad, top to bottom, with contributions from all classes. I was concerned at the start of the season given the void of veteran leadership with the significant roster changes. That does not appear to be an issue. Their aggressive play, relentless pressure, and solid goalkeeping only bodes well for the future. You referenced the penalties. I am sure this has been a topic of discussion. They took 4 in the first period of Sunday's game and none for the balance of play. Nice to see that they cleaned that up and steadied the ship to put themselves in position to comeback and secure the tie. The team has to keep working hard, bring in top notch talent with each recruiting class and win consistently within the CHA as they position themselves to challenge NCAA powerhouses for championships.

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  • ZedLeppelin
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    Takeaways after this weekend against Syracuse:

    Historically, Syracuse has always had Penn State's number, so getting swept wouldn't have been a surprise here. I don't think anyone would have predicted Penn State coming away with a win and an OT tie, especially considering how young this team is. Jeff Kampersal has to be happy with the weekend.

    On the plus side after four games, Penn State looks more offensive-minded than ever. Even better, it's not just the Natalie Heising Show, as much as her leadership is counted on. These freshman forwards are all go, all the time, and don't show any "new to D-1" hesitation at all. In the four games played so far, Penn State has put shots on goal of 41, 58, 41, and 46. That's a consistently busy offense, and it's not just coming from the top line, either. A big surprise is freshman goalie Josie Bothun - she has a .977 save percentage, a shutout, and a 3-0-1 record, in a season where she was expected to be warming the bench with three other goalies.

    On the down side, Penn State has had 17 penalties in their four games, but that can probably be attributed to the youth of the team. At the same time, their opponents have gotten 25 penalties, so at least Penn State is staying on top of the powerplay chances. I'm in a good mood, so I'm not going to mention powerplay goals - only powerplay chances.

    Overall, in this shortened season, this Penn State team looks really good. This freshman class got a lot of preseason hype, but they're living up to it. None of them play timid, and they're not afraid to bang with opponents on the boards. They work hard for the full 60 minutes and don't take a shift off...it's a fun team to watch so far.

    The Penn State game recap: https://gopsusports.com/news/2020/12...n-2-2-tie.aspx

    Daily Collegian article on the new 3-on-3 OT: https://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports...3ef867b23.html


    Last edited by ZedLeppelin; 12-07-2020, 01:39 AM.

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  • ZedLeppelin
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    And that's how it ends, a 2-2 OT tie with Syracuse. Kudos to Penn State for coming back in the third to get that tie, and playing the third period like they played the game yesterday. Shots on goal for the game were 46-37 for Penn State, and penalties were 5-4 against Syracuse. After the bad first period, Penn State didn't take another penalty the rest of the game, so that was good to see from them. This new 3-on-3 OT is kind of weird to see...both teams predictably get good chances and they just kind of trade off. The Syracuse goalie made some huge saves today, as did Josie Bothun for Penn State.

    Next weekend it's off to Syracuse to play two more against these guys. Streaming video is on CuseTV for a great price - $5.99 for a monthly pass gets you both games.

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  • ZedLeppelin
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    Penn State ties it up 2-2 after three, on goals from Carrie Byrnes and Amy Dobson. Penn State leads the shots on goal 41-31. Heading to 3-on-3 OT!

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  • ZedLeppelin
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    No scoring in the second period, so Syracuse is still up 2-0 on Penn State. It was a much better period for Penn State, with no penalties to Syracuse's two. Shots on goal are now tied up at 25-25 as well, so much cleaner play and more offense from Penn State. The sloppy first period might be too much to overcome, though, if Syracuse is able to keep the pace up.

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  • ZedLeppelin
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    Syracuse leads Penn State 2-0 after one period, a very sloppy period by Penn State. Syracuse came out fast, Penn State not so much. Penn State also took four penalties in that period to Syracuse's one. Syracuse leads the shots on goal 20-12. Victoria Klimek has both goals for Syracuse, and they also had a third goal waived off for goalie interference. It's already a chippy game, so I hope Jeff Kampersal squashes that between periods and Penn State gets back to playing hockey. It was just really sloppy play.
    Last edited by ZedLeppelin; 12-06-2020, 02:49 PM.

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  • Reddington
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    No idea on Jenna Brenneman - I'm thinking it would all depend on her master's program - whether it was one of two years and of course the job market. I think all players get another year of Eligibility so if PSU has other plans some other teams may have a need. I'm sure a couple of CHA teams would take a hard look. But, PSU seems to always be able to find a goalie, Whitlinger, Ehresman, Panicia was playing well for a little bit, Brenneman, Burke (from the bench to CHA goalie of year) and now Bothun. Spring was supposed to redshirt, but again this year does not count against eligibility. Burke wore down a bit last year during stretches of the season so it is somewhat important to have a number two.

    As far as RIT, I'm a little surprised the players from last year were in such a hurry to leave since Celeste ended up getting the position.

    As far as Syracuse, 18 and 22 look good. Their goalie gave up two five hole shots (big hint).




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  • Reddington
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    Pleasant surprise with the win. Big shot advantage for PSU. First period to Syracuse. Next two to PSU.

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  • mar7967
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    Originally posted by Reddington View Post
    I have no idea on RIT, it looks like they had a number of players transfer including Hunter Barnett, who I thought was one of RIT's best players. She is now at Providence. You will find out soon enough on PSU.
    RIT did have a number of players transfer or leave the team. I'm not sure where they went, if anywhere. Reagan Pietrowski went to Adrian in the spring of last year. Emily Stemple also transferred to Adrian. I am unsure on Kylie Lalonde and Jaymee Nolan.

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