Ouch. I knew it had been quite a while, but I hadn't counted the years recently. Time to get out of denial and use this as a motivational tool.... I came up with my sub-title for this year based on the fact that the OSU Women's Ice Hockey program has not hosted a first-round playoff series since the 2006-07 season.
Here's to hoping the lofty goals are also reachable. But I know what you mean and I agree with you.I believe that to be an attainable goal with the current roster, and honestly, I think the coaching staff and players will have even bigger goals than that. There is nothing wrong with lofty goals, but when attempting to build a program, I think it is good to have reachable goals as well.
Looking forward to seeing Dahlquist in the Scarlet & Gray. She didn't get one of my "3 Stars" during last year's OSU/UND series. No doubt she'll remedy that during the season ahead....As most of you are probably aware of, one of those transfers is Charly Dahlquist from the UND program that was dropped after the previous season.
All reasons for optimism. For similar reasons I'm anticipating that there will be more parity in the league as a whole this season.As for the season outlook, I don't think it is hard to figure out why the Bucks believe they can take the next step this season as only three players were lost from last year's team ... two to graduation and defenseman Katie Mikkelsen transferred to University of Guelph. The Buckeyes will return a good chunk of their scoring as well as defensemen, not to mention All-American goaltender Kassidy Sauve. Fortunately for us Ohio State fans, we will not lose players to the Olympics, at least not this time.
Has Hokey Langan's candidacy officially eneded? I suppose that's ancient history and I just never got the memo. But if you have any info, do tell.We did have a couple of departures in the coaching staff as Assistant Coach Jessica Koizumi left to take an Associate Head Coaching position with University of Vermont and Assistant Coach Karel Popper also left the program in the offseason. So far, Ohio State has hired former Gopher defenseman Milica McMillen as one assistant. I would think they need to add at least one more assistant, but I have not heard anything as of yet.
And even when it does happen, the opening face-off time is set so that getting in and out of campus for the hockey game is manageable. For some, the 20 dollars may be an issue; and I certainly respect that. But no one should skip the 11/11 game due to a mistaken belief that they can't get to the rink.Hope to see everyone at the OSU Ice Rink this season supporting women's hockey! For those who are not aware, admission and parking are free for OSU Women's Hockey games, other than one Saturday game where OSU Football is home. Admission to the game will still be free, but you will have to pay the $20 to park. I looked that up and that situation will occur on Saturday 11/11 when OSU Football is home vs Michigan State and the OSU Women are home vs Minnesota State. Thankfully, that is the only time this season when Football will be home the same Saturday as Women's Hockey.