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pennpapa
09-30-2014, 02:20 PM
I was impressed with the effort put forth by the team Friday night. It was god to get a win. Going to Minnesota Friday and Saturday. Should be an experience.

Lots of freshmen on the roster and the team looked great. hope they can carry this forward the rest of the season.

Go PSU!:)

D2D
09-30-2014, 03:02 PM
PSU has definitely upgraded their roster the past two recruiting classes, and one example of that is freshman Bella Sutton who had an excellent opening game against Western:

http://www.gopsusports.com/blog/2014/09/sutton-stellar-in-penn-state-debut.html

pennpapa
09-30-2014, 09:24 PM
PSU has definitely upgraded their roster the past two recruiting classes, and one example of that is freshman Bella Sutton who had an excellent opening game against Western:

http://www.gopsusports.com/blog/2014/09/sutton-stellar-in-penn-state-debut.html

I think the coach found a home in MN.

Some good players came to PSU. For some it will take longer but a few have made a difference. Sutton was a pleasant surprise. Very aggressive and a good strong shot.

Hopefully she can score a couple next weekend. Wish I could be there.

giwan
10-01-2014, 12:17 AM
My gosh they played western, put the kool aid down for a second

D2D
10-01-2014, 12:39 AM
My gosh they played western, put the kool aid down for a second

Hear ya, giwan! But I do think it's safe to say that Penn State will continue to get better over the next couple of years.

ZedLeppelin
10-01-2014, 12:38 PM
My gosh they played western, put the kool aid down for a second

So did Ohio State, two days later, and couldn't beat Western in three periods and an overtime, including a penalty shot. Nobody is expecting any miracles against Minnesota, but it's a great way for Penn State to start the season and introduce such a big freshman class to D-1 hockey.

pennpapa
10-01-2014, 01:46 PM
So did Ohio State, two days later, and couldn't beat Western in three periods and an overtime, including a penalty shot. Nobody is expecting any miracles against Minnesota, but it's a great way for Penn State to start the season and introduce such a big freshman class to D-1 hockey.

Thank you. sometimes people with established programs forget what teams go through when they are building a program.

There has been a big change in attitude on this team this year. Whether or no anything happens, I think the attitude has risen and hopefully we will get improved results.

Eeyore
10-04-2014, 10:53 AM
I have to say that I was impressed by the Nittany Lions last night. They clearly aren't on the same level as the Gophers but they played with an approach and an attitude that I liked. Even within the first three minutes of the game they looked like they had a plan and thought that they were going somewhere. The contrast with St. Cloud in the first game was striking. Penn State didn't played scared, of either the Gophers or of losing, both when it was 0-0 and when it was 8-0.

I like that they didn't pack it in to a defensive shell. Josh Brandwene clearly has a style he wants them to play and they were going to play it even if it killed them. If he can keep games like last night from killing their spirit, that's the right call. They're fun to watch and I suspect that they're going to cause some teams some problems with their aggressiveness. I'm looking forward to seeing them against St. Cloud this afternoon and then again next year in State College.

ZedLeppelin
10-04-2014, 12:22 PM
That's the way I saw the game, too. They sure didn't look very intimidated or glassy-eyed, did they? It's definitely not the same Penn State team of the first two years - this group looks a lot more intense and aggressive. I think a part of it is that the juniors had two seasons of being "the new girls" starting a new program, and now a group of freshmen have come in with a lot of drive and intensity, and it's either pick your game up or enjoy watching from the bench.

Should be a good one tonight against St. Cloud State, if they can play 60 minutes like they played the first period against Minnesota.

Eeyore
10-04-2014, 01:27 PM
If any of the PSU crowd wants to stop by and say hi this afternoon, I sit at the far end of the Gopher bench and I'm wearing my maroon Sam Downey (#3) jersey today.

D2D
10-11-2014, 12:41 PM
Another article on Miss Sutton:

Sutton Feels at Home in Happy Valley
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/100914aaa.html

ZedLeppelin
10-12-2014, 09:46 PM
Penn State skates to a 1-1 OT tie against #8 Quinnipiac: (http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/w-hockey/recaps/101214aac.html).

Freshman goaltender Hannah Ehresmann was an absolute stud between the pipes.

ZedLeppelin
10-19-2014, 08:40 AM
Starting to see things from this Penn State program that we haven't seen the first two years. They completely dominated the neutral zone in both games against Union this weekend, and paired that with a relentless forecheck, and kept it up for both games of the series - things we haven't seen before this season. They also generated a lot of offense and put a lot of shots on goal, which is also something new. They are a much more physical team this year, too, and disciplined about it more times than not.

They are a young team (8 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 13 juniors), but already a big improvement over their first two seasons. My opinion: the junior class has had two seasons of being the new kids in a new program, but now there's a big freshman group that showed up to play, and ice time isn't automatic anymore. Everyone has to earn their place in the lineup, and it's doing a lot of good for this program.

HockeyEast33
10-19-2014, 10:48 PM
Starting to see things from this Penn State program that we haven't seen the first two years. They completely dominated the neutral zone in both games against Union this weekend, and paired that with a relentless forecheck, and kept it up for both games of the series - things we haven't seen before this season. They also generated a lot of offense and put a lot of shots on goal, which is also something new. They are a much more physical team this year, too, and disciplined about it more times than not.

They are a young team (8 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 13 juniors), but already a big improvement over their first two seasons. My opinion: the junior class has had two seasons of being the new kids in a new program, but now there's a big freshman group that showed up to play, and ice time isn't automatic anymore. Everyone has to earn their place in the lineup, and it's doing a lot of good for this program.

I have no doubt that Penn State is improved this year, but I'm not sure a dominating weekend against Union (which BTW included a tie yesterday) is really a meaningful measure. Union simply isn't that good..... still. The performances against SCSU and Quinnipiac are far more indicative of improvement.

ZedLeppelin
10-20-2014, 02:17 AM
I have no doubt that Penn State is improved this year, but I'm not sure a dominating weekend against Union (which BTW included a tie yesterday) is really a meaningful measure. Union simply isn't that good..... still. The performances against SCSU and Quinnipiac are far more indicative of improvement.

The improvements I pointed out were things they did against Union, yes, but they are things this program hadn't done in the two previous seasons, even against opponents of Union's caliber. Add the win against St. Cloud State, and the OT tie against #8 Quinnipiac, and things look much improved at Penn State.

pennpapa
12-14-2014, 06:09 PM
Look out D-1womens hockey, PSU has arrived. They probably won't be the most favorite tem to p[lay anymore.

There is a new Sherriff in the CHA.

The girls played well this weekend. After a long first half on the road it was nice to get back home.

We have a nice long break and then we will see what happens the second half.

Supernaut
12-14-2014, 06:52 PM
Look out D-1womens hockey, PSU has arrived. They probably won't be the most favorite tem to p[lay anymore.

There is a new Sherriff in the CHA.

The girls played well this weekend. After a long first half on the road it was nice to get back home.

We have a nice long break and then we will see what happens the second half.

Whoa! Take it easy there gunner! One good weekend does not make you the sherriff. Nice too see the competition in the cha. I do believe Mercy's days of dominance are numbered. Nice wins by penn state but the difference between top teams and the others is consistancy.

ZedLeppelin
12-14-2014, 09:18 PM
One of the things that impressed me about Penn State this weekend was being down 2-0 very early in game two and not giving up. After the win in Friday's game, fans would've been happy Saturday with a split with (former) #6 Mercyhurst.

Also, Penn State has put together a very solid power play unit (#10) that beat a very solid Mercyhurst penalty kill unit (#2).

Junior goaltender Celine Whitlinger came within 2-1/2 minutes of shutting Mercyhurst out Friday night, which would have been her third consecutive shutout. Freshman goaltender Hannah Ehresmann shook off the two early Mercyhurst goals on Saturday and only allowed one more goal over the final 2-1/2 periods. They're a solid tandem between the pipes. If wins were all the mattered, Ehresmann wouldn't be starting every second game of every series, and that experience is going to do good things for her.

This Penn State team has definitely turned a corner this season, and there is a lot to be excited about.

shelfit
12-14-2014, 11:46 PM
"There is a new Sherriff in the CHA."

They're tied for second place with Syracuse who has a better winning percentage than PSU so maybe you could say there is a new Deputy in town but the Sheriff is still in 1st place.

RMU is struggling which has been surprising but RIT in last place is not a surprise.

pennpapa
12-15-2014, 12:58 PM
Whoa! Take it easy there gunner! One good weekend does not make you the sherriff. Nice too see the competition in the cha. I do believe Mercy's days of dominance are numbered. Nice wins by penn state but the difference between top teams and the others is consistancy.

Maybe not the Sherriff but the old Sherriff either had a bad weekend or they are slipping.

Penn State has a very good pair of goal tenders and their special teams are excellent. Looking at the scores this year, no one runs away on this team.:) This year I don't think they have been out of any game and have been in most games to the end.

It is fun to watch the improvement in the team. Coach has them working in practice and they stick to their game plans.
The players are a close knit group and the team has bonded very well.

Can't wait for the second half of the season.