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Thread: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Penn State vs Robert Morris ends in a 2-2 OT tie. As usual, the game tracker was glitchy as hell, so no telling who did what or when. Throughout the game, the game tracker had no individual stats, no team stats, no leader stats, and no play-by-play - it only showed a summary, and even then it only showed the first goal of the game.

    What to take from that? Penn State and Robert Morris tied in OT for the third time this season. After that, I guess we have to wait for school write-ups to know how the game went.

    Add: After looking at the Penn State twitter account, Penn State's goals were scored by freshman Natalie Heising and sophomore Abby Welch. Robert Morris's Kirsten Welsh scored both of their goals.
    Had to laugh at your first 2 paragraphs a bit. What can I say, life as a womenís college hockey fan.

    Box score looks interesting Penn State badly outshot and goes down 2-0 after two. Then Penn State dominated the third in shots and salvaged a tie. The tie kept RMU from taking over sole first place in the league. They are tied with Mercyhurst for first.

    Brittany Howard's goal scoring has slowed down since her amazing first series against Ohio State. In the 9 games since then she has 1 goal and 10 assists.

    Surely today, someone will win or lose in the Penn State RMU series. They wonít tie four times in four games. Right? Right?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    Box score looks interesting Penn State badly outshot and goes down 2-0 after two. Then Penn State dominated the third in shots and salvaged a tie. The tie kept RMU from taking over sole first place in the league. They are tied with Mercyhurst for first.
    I was really surprised to see Mercyhurst drop a game to Syracuse last night. I don't know if that was just an off game for Mercyhurst, or if Syracuse brought their best. Mercyhurst really needs to grab the remaining two conference points today.

    Brittany Howard's goal scoring has slowed down since her amazing first series against Ohio State. In the 9 games since then she has 1 goal and 10 assists.
    She didn't play last night against Penn State, but she hasn't scored a goal on Penn State in any games this season.

    Surely today, someone will win or lose in the Penn State RMU series. They won’t tie four times in four games. Right? Right?!?!?
    A Penn State win would be a great way to finish the regular season games against Robert Morris, but...Penn State is the team with 9 ties and 13 OT games (3 in a row) so far, so anything is possible. Robert Morris is certainly beatable, and they have yet to beat Penn State in 3 games this season, so it's there if they want it badly enough. Penn State needs to come out firing at the start, and take Robert Morris out of their rhythm, and they need to stay out of the penalty box, too - not easy to do in CHA games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    I was really surprised to see Mercyhurst drop a game to Syracuse last night. I don't know if that was just an off game for Mercyhurst, or if Syracuse brought their best. Mercyhurst really needs to grab the remaining two conference points today.



    She didn't play last night against Penn State, but she hasn't scored a goal on Penn State in any games this season.



    A Penn State win would be a great way to finish the regular season games against Robert Morris, but...Penn State is the team with 9 ties and 13 OT games (3 in a row) so far, so anything is possible. Robert Morris is certainly beatable, and they have yet to beat Penn State in 3 games this season, so it's there if they want it badly enough. Penn State needs to come out firing at the start, and take Robert Morris out of their rhythm, and they need to stay out of the penalty box, too - not easy to do in CHA games.

    Ahh, did not know Howard didnít play.

    Syracuse beating Hurst last night was not surprising to me, as itís been a league where almost everyone beats everyone for a few years now. I didnít watch the game so donít have a sense of how it was played. If Syracuse and Penn State win today there will be a three way tie for first place! Of course I am hoping itís Hurst and Penn State that win, as that is best for the Lakers.

    The fact that Penn State can appear to play well for only one period, and come out with a tie against Robert Morris is pretty impressive. I am excited to see what happens today.

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    ​Robert Morris finally found a way to beat Penn State this season, taking this fourth game by a score of 4-2. Penn State goals were scored by junior defender Kelsey Crow and freshman forward Shea Nelson. Penn State outshot Robert Morris 38-27.

    Penn State went 1 for 6 on the power play, and Robert Morris went 3 for 6, and also added a shorthanded goal. The loss today drops Penn State another spot in the CHA, where they are now in fifth place.

    For the second game in a row, the game tracker took a 60-minute penalty at the start of the game and didn't see any action.

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    The CHA is down to its final three conference series to settle who will take home the regular season championship, and earn a bye in the first round of the three-day CHA tournament next month. The top two teams sit out day one, with semifinal and championship games played on days two and three.

    I'm not a fan of how the tournament is set up. The top two teams could sit out the first round, but I would much rather see teams 3-6 have regular two-game (three if necessary) weekend series for round one, with home ice for the higher seed. The following weekend have a regular two-game (three if necessary) weekend series semifinal round hosted at the #1 and #2 teams' arenas, and then a championship game the following weekend. Every team gets a chance to earn home ice for a tournament series, and every team gets to recover and prep for another weekend - that avoids being eliminated for having a single off night in the current one-and-done tournament.
    As it is right now, a team could go undefeated for the entire season, totally smoke the rest of the conference, but have one off night on this three-day CHA tournament weekend and be eliminated from representing the conference in the national tournament, when they are clearly the best team - I don't agree with that.

    End of rant.

    Who will win the CHA regular season title for 2017-18? It's so up for grabs this season it's not even funny. There are 12 points left for the taking.

    -- Mercyhurst and Robert Morris are tied for first place with 21 points each. Mercyhurst is on the rise, Robert Morris is fading, but it's a crap shoot.
    -- Syracuse is next with 17 points, and still has a chance to sneak in and grab the hardware.
    -- Lindenwood is next with 12 points, and technically could make a run, but they have a better chance for a third place fight with Syracuse.
    -- Penn State is at 11 points and would need to win 5 of 6 and get at least a tie, and have Mercyhurst and Robert Morris lose out.
    -- RIT has only managed two conference points this season and is out of the running.

    Mercyhurst has Penn State and Robert Morris at home, and plays away at RIT.
    Robert Morris has Lindenwood at home, and plays away at Mercyhurst and Syracuse.
    Syracuse has RIT and Robert Morris at home, and plays away at Lindenwood.
    Lindenwood has Syracuse at home, and plays away at Penn State and Robert Morris.
    Penn State has RIT and Lindenwood at home, and plays away at Mercyhurst.
    RIT has Mercyhurst at home, and plays away at Penn State and Syracuse.

    I don't think it's a stretch to say that Mercyhurst is the favorite to win the regular season conference title. I think Robert Morris is probably a solid second place, but Syracuse could make things really interesting.
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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    Penn State and Mercyhurst skated to a 1-1 OT tie...yes, I know, that OT thing again...with a lone goal from senior defender Irene Kiroplis, her first goal of the year. In a cool twist, she was featured earlier today in a blog post on the Penn State atheltic site: http://www.gopsusports.com/blog/2018...any-lions.html

    Anyway, it was a solid showing for Penn State to come away with a point against Mercyhurst in Erie. The break last weekend did them a world of good after their insane road schedule of the past couple months. As far as points go, Robert Morris snuck by Lindenwoord 1-0 today, so they are now a point ahead of Mercyhurst, and Syracuse is already up 5-0 against RIT in the second period, so they'll be grabbing two points tonight and be three behind Mercyhurst and four behind Robert Morris.

    Ahhhhhh, Penn State - 14 OTs, 10 ties. That's actually a very good sign for this program, because under previous "leadership" most of those would have been losses. They really needed the break last weekend, and apparently it worked to get their batteries recharged. Looking forward to another solid head-to-head tomorrow in Erie.
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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    In game two, Penn State and Mercyhurst skate to a (drum roll, please)...3-3 OT tie. Not even kidding. The Penn State goals were scored by senior defender and captain Bella Sutton, and two goals from freshman forward Natalie Heising. That's two of four points that Penn State took away from Mercyhurst this weekend. You're welcome, Robert Morris.

    Penn State tied the record for most OT games in a season (15), set by Boston University in 2010. BU did it in 38 games, Penn State has done it in 30 games.

    Mercyhurst senior forward Brooke Hartwick took a five-minute major for cross-checking, followed immediately by a ten-minute game misconduct. There weren't any concurrent Penn State penalties, so it wasn't a fight, but it must have been a bruiser of a cross-check.
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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    Two more weekends will decide the CHA regular season champion, and the top two teams that will get to sit out day one of the three-day CHA tournament. There are eight points left up for grabs in the regular season.

    Robert Morris moved back into first place this weekend with 25 points. Mercyhurst is in second place with 23 points. Syracuse is in third place with 21 points.

    Next weekend is huge, with Robert Morris playing on the road at Mercyhurst. Robert Morris needs their best at Mercyhurst, because the following weekend Robert Morris travels to Syracuse to finish the regular season. Syracuse split with Robert Morris in their first meeting, so nothing is a given in that series. Mercyhurst, on the other hand, finishes the season at home against RIT, likely a guaranteed four points for Mercyhurst, so if they can also grab points away from Robert Morris next weekend they will be looking good.

    Syracuse is on the road at Lindenwood next weekend. They split in their first meeting, so those four points aren't guaranteed, either, and Syracuse needs all of them. If Mercyhurst sweeps Robert Morris next weekend, Syracuse could move into a tie for second place by sweeping Lindenwood.

    The rest of the places in the CHA standings don't really matter - everyone else will be playing on day one of the tournament in Buffalo. That will likely be Syracuse vs RIT, and Penn State vs Lindenwood.

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    Freshman forward Natalie Heising (Maple Grove, MN) was named the CHA Rookie of the Week for her two-goal effort in the 3-3 tie with Mercyhurst on Saturday.

    This is Heising's fifth CHA conference award this season - she has previously been named Rookie of the Month twice (October and December), Rookie of the Week (November 27), and Player of the Week (December 4).

    http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/w-...021218aaa.html

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    Penn State hosts RIT tonight and tomorrow at Pegula Ice Arena - one last chance for Penn State assistant coach (and RIT graduate) Celeste Brown to hip check her former coach Scott McDonald at center ice after the game.

    The biggest CHA conference matchup of the season is this weekend's faceoff between #2 Mercyhurst and #1 Robert Morris. They are two points apart, with eight conference points left available in these final two weekends. The problem for both of them is that Syracuse is only two points behind them, so the top three places are still very much up for grabs. Of course, none of it really matters other than deciding who brings home the regular season hardware, because everyone ends up at the three-day CHA conference tournament in two weeks anyway, but #1 and #2 get an extra day of rest.

    If Syracuse loses these last four games and Penn State wins out, they would end up tied at third in points, but Syracuse won the head-to-head games this season, and would finish in third place.

    Penn State and Lindenwood will end up #4 and #5 in whatever order they decide, and RIT has already secured a last-place finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Penn State hosts RIT tonight and tomorrow at Pegula Ice Arena - one last chance for Penn State assistant coach (and RIT graduate) Celeste Brown to hip check her former coach Scott McDonald at center ice after the game.
    Lol, and you know everyone in the hockey world would love to see this happen! She would get a standing ovation from us all. I'm willing to throw a little cash incentive her way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post

    The biggest CHA conference matchup of the season is this weekend's faceoff between #2 Mercyhurst and #1 Robert Morris. They are two points apart, with eight conference points left available in these final two weekends. The problem for both of them is that Syracuse is only two points behind them, so the top three places are still very much up for grabs. Of course, none of it really matters other than deciding who brings home the regular season hardware, because everyone ends up at the three-day CHA conference tournament in two weeks anyway, but #1 and #2 get an extra day of rest.
    Nice CHA analysis these past few weeks Zed. I knew Penn State was going to Penn State against Mercyhurst last weekend! Ugh. Fun to see a race for the top three go right to the end.

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    Penn State beat RIT tonight 4-1 on another two-goal game from freshman Natalie Heising, a goal from freshman Sophie Slattery, and a goal from sophomore Kate Rydland. The first period was the only one RIT showed up for - after that it was all Penn State. Shots on goal were 39-11 for Penn State, and they had a ton of chances for more. Sophomore Brooke Madsen will always get kudos from me, too, because she starts so many offensive rushes and sets up so many opportunities.

    Assistant coach Celeste Brown did not take advantage of the opportunity to hip check Scott McDonald at center ice, leading to speculation that she may be saving her shot for something big tomorrow.

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    Postgame audio from head coach Jeff Kampersal after tonight's 4-1 win over RIT:

    https://soundcloud.com/user-487492767/kampersal-rit-216

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    Penn State finishes another sweep of RIT, going 2-0 today on goals from freshman Natalie Heising (a three goal weekend) and sophomore Abby Welch. Penn State led the shots on goal 40-22. Penn State moved two points closer to Syracuse, for what it's worth, but put two more points between themselves and Lindenwood and are now three up on them with four points left to play for.

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    A quick highlight video from the RIT win last night:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BfTxYIIhiBI/

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    I'm posting this game recap because it's nice to see someone actually get quotes from the players after a game, unlike the usual recaps Penn State puts out:

    http://www.gopsusports.com/blog/2018...-past-rit.html

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    Re: 2017-18 Penn State Women's Hockey - There's A New Sheriff In Town

    This weekend was Penn State's annual THON weekend, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and once again the Penn State women's hockey team performed on stage:

    http://www.gopsusports.com/blog/2018/02/vid.html

    From their website: "THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research - all in pursuit of a cure. THON weekend is a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    This weekend was Penn State's annual THON weekend, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and once again the Penn State women's hockey team performed on stage:

    http://www.gopsusports.com/blog/2018/02/vid.html

    From their website: "THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research - all in pursuit of a cure. THON weekend is a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon."
    Let us know what the final total is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Let us know what the final total is.
    The final tally was $10,151,663.93. That puts them at over $157 million raised since THON started in 1973. The money they raise goes to the Four Diamonds Fund.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apFVmB84drU

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