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  • Robert Morris is giving Mercyhurst everything they can handle

    21 wins in the books. All that is left is winning one more and getting to the dance.

    Mercyhurst or RMU are not gimmies.

    The Christian girl has had a nice second half of the season.

    And Upson Boucher and Johanson lead Mercyhurst to force a game 3.
    Last edited by Reddington; 02-24-2024, 03:01 PM.

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    • The Penn State band did, in fact, show up this afternoon but props to the RIT band they were being loud to the very end. Nice dominant win by Penn State and great to see Tessa finally get her 100th point. Retrum made a point of collecting that puck as soon as Tessa scored the goal and Tessa got a very loud cheer when the 100th point milestone was announced.

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      • Awesome milestone on 100 pts and the GWG to boot. The band makes a difference and changes the atmosphere. No doubt if RMU can get a band to their home games, PSU should be able to also. RIT turned it up a notch with the band showing up to an away game.

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        • Mercyhurst is looking like they will advance, they are currently up 5-0 midway through the second. RMU made great strides this year.

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          • For the second year in a row, Penn State and Mercyhurst will play at Pegula Ice Arena for the CHA championship and a trip to the national tournament. Game time is 2:00 (Eastern) next Saturday, March 2, and thankfully it will be streamed on BTN+ (and, being CHA, also on BloHockey...errrr, FloHockey). Mercyhurst beat Robert Morris 6-1 in game three of their semifinal matchup yesterday.

            I'm so glad the CHA went to this best-of-three semifinal tournament format rather than the old one-and-done they were doing. This current format does a much better job of getting the best two teams into the championship game. I also like that they no longer cram one-game quarterfinals, semifinals, and the championship all into a single weekend.

            Penn State went 3-1 against Mercyhurst this season. They each had a 4-0 shutout on the other, and a third game went to overtime, so there's no clear favorite next weekend. Obviously, Penn State has home ice, but the overtime game against Mercyhurst this year was a home game for Penn State, so home ice doesn't mean an automatic win. Mercyhurst will be coming for payback after last season's championship loss to Penn State, and they'll have a head of steam after crushing Robert Morris yesterday. Penn State sophomore goalie Katie DeSa will be getting tested, but she was in net for Penn State's 4-0 and 3-2 OT wins over Mercyhurst three weeks ago.

            Every game going forward could be the final NCAA game for Julie Gough, Maeve Connolly, Carrie Byrnes, Maggie MacEachern, and Alva Johnsson.

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            • Originally posted by ZedLeppelin View Post

              Every game going forward could be the final NCAA game for Julie Gough, Maeve Connolly, Carrie Byrnes, Maggie MacEachern, and Alva Johnsson.
              According to the transfer portal tracker on GopherPuckLive, Maeve Connolly is in the transfer portal so she's looking for somewhere to play for her fifth year. I believe Byrnes is going to PA school and Gough, MacEachern and Johnsson are out of eligibility so definitely heading to their last game. Somewhat surprised Bothun isn't (yet?) in the transfer portal.

              Unfortunately the CHA championship weekend comes during the beginning of PSU's spring break. Hoping the community turns out to support the team like they did last year for the championship game!

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              • Connolly will be picked up by someone. She is a willing forechecker and plays a 200 ft game. I would not be surprised at all if s CHA rival picked her up for her fifth year.

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                • CHA Season awards for Penn State:

                  Scoring champion & player of the year & forward of the year: Tessa Janecke
                  Coach of the year: Jeff Kameprsal

                  https://chawomenshockey.com/news/202...al-awards.aspx

                  That makes 4 years in a row with a PSU skater winning player of the year: Kiara Zanon in 2021 & 2023, Natalie Heising in 2022, and Tessa Janecke in 2024. Kampersal has been coach of the year 3 times (2021, 2023 & 2024).

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                  • Random Thoughts: I thought Kampersal was in the driver's seat for Coach of the year and then the RMU weekend happened and I was not so sure anymore. Kudos to the coaching staff on the award.

                    Janecke was a a no brainer.

                    Lobdell had a real nice year with 9 goals and leading the team in blocks.

                    I expect the game Saturday to be the usual nail biter with Mercyhurst.

                    Gough got healthy just in time.


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                    • Originally posted by Reddington View Post
                      I thought Kampersal was in the driver's seat for Coach of the year and then the RMU weekend happened and I was not so sure anymore. Kudos to the coaching staff on the award.
                      He has established PSU as the team to beat in the CHA. That said, quite the comeback by RMU -- take a couple of years off and then finish comfortably in the top half of the league.

                      "... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
                      And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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                      • Here's a nice interview with Penn State captain Julie Gough (starts at the :35 mark): https://www.spreaker.com/episode/jul...e-66--58893211

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                        • Here we are - today is the CHA championship game between Penn State and Mercyhurst. Game time is 2:00 (Eastern), and it's streaming live on BTN+ (and...ugh...BloHockey). This is a legitimate championship, as these are the two best teams in the CHA this year. The winner, of course, moves on to the national tournament. Here are today's game links:

                          BTN+ Video: https://www.bigtenplus.com/en-int/li...-state/1720473

                          Live Stats: https://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=522382

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                          • After one period of play in the CHA championship, Penn State is up 1-0 on a goal from Mya Vaslet. Shots on goal are 16-5 for Penn State, and Mercyhurst took the only two penalties.

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                            • After two, it's still 1-0 Penn State. No penalties (called) that period, and Penn State leads the shots on goal by 39-9.

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                              • Penn State wins the CHA championship!

                                Final score remained 1-0, final shots on goal were 46-24 for Penn State, and there were no more penalties after the first period. Penn State really controlled this game, keeping Mercyhurst from being able to set anything up, and keeping the play in the Mercyhurst half of the ice. Katie DeSa (and Mercyhurst's Ena Nystrom) had some great saves in net today.


                                Last edited by ZedLeppelin; 03-02-2024, 03:20 PM.

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