With the 2017-18 season over, a quick recap is probably the place to start. I don't know how quick I can make this, because 2017-18 was a season of big (and welcome) changes at Penn State. Okay, I'll put down my coffee.
Jeff Kampersal taking over the program was a move for Penn State that was long overdue, for reasons on and off the ice. On the ice, the women's hockey program had gone as far as it was going to go under the previous staff. Off the ice, there were issues that made sure the program was going nowhere. Jeff Kampersal, Allison Coomey, and Celeste Brown are a breath of fresh air for Penn State, and a big step in the right direction.
The 2017-18 Penn State women's hockey team looked like a completely different animal. They played a much more aggressive game at both ends of the ice, they finally made teams fight their way through the neutral zone, they started crashing opposing goalies to work for rebounds, and weren't embarrassingly outshot on a regular basis. They are consistently the least penalized team in the aggressive and sometimes-chippy CHA, and they maintained that discipline this past season as well. The list goes on, but they looked like a new team with new energy (and a lot of it). It was also a season of overtimes and ties again and again, which might not sound good to many, but those would have been losses in any other year.
Was it perfect? Of course not, but it was vastly better hockey, and the program is where it should've been years ago. In a season where 3/4 of the team had to unlearn the garbage from previous "coaching", they were a blast to watch. Now, with a season of Kampersal and his staff in the books, they can dig in and work on what they've been taught, with no distractions. It's their system now, their style of hockey now, and they've had a season to play it, and Kampersal doesn't have to coach and uncoach at the same time anymore.
Players are energized, fans are energized, and 2018-19 can't come soon enough.