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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddington View Post
    I just can't get a bead on Penn State.
    That pretty much sums up this season, doesn't it? The talent is there, for sure, but consistency is a problem.

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    Re: 2018-19 Penn State Nittany Lions

    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    That pretty much sums up this season, doesn't it? The talent is there, for sure, but consistency is a problem.
    Inconsistency plagues a number of other teams as well. BC, Ohio State and UMD come to mind.
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    Penn State and Robert Morris finish in a 2-2 OT tie today. Penn State led the shots on goal 33-22, led in power play goals 2-1, led in blocked shots 17-13, and led faceoffs won 39-29. Each team had three penalties.

    The shot count by period is interesting. Robert Morris shots by period were 11-4-3, and 2 in OT. Penn State shots by period were 5-11-12, and 3 in OT.

    Penn State's goals came from junior Abby Welch and freshman Jessica Adolfsson.

    Jeff Kampersal on today's game: "I thought we played much better and much smarter today. Yesterday was hopefully an anomaly. I thought the kids took ownership. Today they actually broke down their own video from yesterday. They came out with some good key areas to improve in today. One being the effort high in the zone, we did a better job with that. Pinning in the D zone, we did a better job with that."

    Penn State game recap: https://gopsusports.com/news/2019/2/...orris-2-2.aspx
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    The Penn State student newspaper (The Daily Collegian) weekend game recaps:

    Friday: https://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports...7669cc3ef.html

    Saturday: https://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports...561bdddd0.html

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    A couple of observations: Morgan Rolph seems to be out. I noticed in the play by play the combo of 17, 10, 26 and 13 have three out of the last five goals. I also read the quote about competing power plays and I think I heard that word for word from the BU coach. I knew it sounded awful familiar. Congrats on shutting down Gebhardt in the second game, she is a handful. RiT beat Lindenwood in the second game. Syracuse swept Mercyhurst. The Orange seem to be on a roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddington View Post
    A couple of observations: Morgan Rolph seems to be out.
    She got hurt in the Lindenwood series (I think it was Lindenwood...maybe Syracuse) - it looked like a knee or ankle injury from the way they were helping her off the ice. It wasn't from anything malicious, just a pileup along the boards where another player fell on her the wrong way. She's a shot-blocking machine, so I hope she's okay and back on the ice soon.

    I noticed in the play by play the combo of 17, 10, 26 and 13 have three out of the last five goals.
    And it's good to see more players scoring, but Natalie Heising has been quiet for a while now, and Penn State could sure use her scoring, too.

    Congrats on shutting down Gebhardt in the second game, she is a handful.
    The same thing worked against Robert Morris last year when Penn State shut Brittany Howard down. In three of their four games against Penn State, Robert Morris didn't win when Brittany Howard wasn't scoring. I wonder if it was a conscious effort to shut Gebhard down or it just played out like that - whatever works, right?

    Syracuse swept Mercyhurst. The Orange seem to be on a roll.
    This was the shocker of the weekend for me. I wouldn't even know where to start trying to explain that one, and I doubt anyone saw Syracuse taking even one game, much less taking the sweep. As always, the CHA gets crazier the closer it gets to the end of the regular season.

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    Penn State has the 28th ranked offense and the 14th ranked defense according to WCHODR. According to their forecast Penn State is favored against Mercyhurst. I don't know if I would call State the favorite but it is just a FYI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddington View Post
    ...Penn State is favored against Mercyhurst. I don't know if I would call State the favorite but it is just a FYI.
    Before this past weekend, I would've been surprised to hear someone say Penn State is favored in the upcoming series against Mercyhurst - and then Mercyhurst gets swept by Syracuse. Now you have to genuinely wonder. If Penn State plays like they did against Colgate, Providence, BU, and Cornell, then yes they can legitimately aim high against Mercyhurst.

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    Well, three weekends to go in the CHA regular season, with 12 points left for the taking. Mercyhurst travels to Penn State this weekend for a Friday/Saturday match-up that will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network (subscription required). This is probably a bigger series for Mercyhurst, as they are still very much in the chase for the regular season title, and currently sitting in second place, four points behind Robert Morris.

    In their last meeting in October on the road at Mercyhurst, Penn State lost 2-1 and 5-4 (OT), so this weekend should be another battle. Mercyhurst will be without senior forward Vilma Tanskanen for game one, as she will be sitting out Friday after a game misconduct last weekend against Syracuse. That's one less big forward for Penn State to worry about on Friday night. If Penn State can stay out of the penalty box, they'll do themselves a favor, as Mercyhurst averages two more penalties per game than Penn State - a favor, that is, if Penn State's power play shows up, and they're going to need to show up big in facing Mercyhurst's very strong penalty kill.

    Streaming BTN video feeds are here:

    Friday, 6:00 (Eastern): https://www.btn2go.com/game/mercyhur...st-on-02152019

    Saturday, 3:00 (Eastern): https://www.btn2go.com/game/mercyhur...st-on-02152019

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Well, three weekends to go in the CHA regular season, with 12 points left for the taking. Mercyhurst travels to Penn State this weekend for a Friday/Saturday match-up that will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network (subscription required). This is probably a bigger series for Mercyhurst, as they are still very much in the chase for the regular season title, and currently sitting in second place, four points behind Robert Morris.

    In their last meeting in October on the road at Mercyhurst, Penn State lost 2-1 and 5-4 (OT), so this weekend should be another battle. Mercyhurst will be without senior forward Vilma Tanskanen for game one, as she will be sitting out Friday after a game misconduct last weekend against Syracuse. That's one less big forward for Penn State to worry about on Friday night. If Penn State can stay out of the penalty box, they'll do themselves a favor, as Mercyhurst averages two more penalties per game than Penn State - a favor, that is, if Penn State's power play shows up, and they're going to need to show up big in facing Mercyhurst's very strong penalty kill.

    Streaming BTN video feeds are here:

    Friday, 6:00 (Eastern): https://www.btn2go.com/game/mercyhur...st-on-02152019

    Saturday, 3:00 (Eastern): https://www.btn2go.com/game/mercyhur...st-on-02152019
    Tanskanen did nothing against Penn State the first time. Emma Nuutinen had a big series against them and against Colgate. If Penn State can neutralize Summer Rae Dobson and Emma Nuutinen good things will happen this weekend. Mercyhurst has struggled to manufacture points for Nuutinen as much as Penn State has struggled to get Heising unleashed. Both are lightning in a bottle.

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    Penn State article about the three seniors playing their final home weekend series:

    https://gopsusports.com/news/2019/2/...n-weekend.aspx

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    Penn State and Mercyhurst are scoreless after one period. Mercyhurst leads the shots on goal 7-5, both teams are 0-2 on the power play, and both teams are 8-8 in the faceoff circle. The stats show an even game, but Mercyhurst seemed to spend a little more time in the Penn State zone, but neither team had any real sustained plays...just lots of scrumming.

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    Penn State and Mercyhurst are tied 1-1 after two periods. Mercyhurst scored on the power play on a very lazy Penn State line change that left Maggie Knott wide open to walk in and score. Penn State got their goal on a really nice turn-around shot from Katie McMillan. Mercyhurst leads the shots on goal 18-15, and both teams have four penalties. Neither team is dominating, as both teams are working hard to break up plays before they really get rolling.

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    Penn State and Mercyhurst are headed to OT tied at 1-1.

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    Penn State and Mercyhurst finish the OT tied 1-1. Mercyhurst led shots on goal 28-22, and went 1-5 on the power play. Penn State went 0-4 on the power play. It was a pretty evenly-matched game all the way through, with both teams getting some solid chances. There's not much to pick at, as both teams looked about as even as it could be. Back at it tomorrow at 3:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Penn State and Mercyhurst finish the OT tied 1-1. Mercyhurst led shots on goal 28-22, and went 1-5 on the power play. Penn State went 0-4 on the power play. It was a pretty evenly-matched game all the way through, with both teams getting some solid chances. There's not much to pick at, as both teams looked about as even as it could be. Back at it tomorrow at 3:00.
    Appreciate the updates Zed. I see Kennedy Blair got an assist for Hurst. Looking forward to seeing that highlight. Hard to believe tomorrow is senior day already, for Penn State.

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    Appreciate the updates Zed. I see Kennedy Blair got an assist for Hurst. Looking forward to seeing that highlight. Hard to believe tomorrow is senior day already, for Penn State.
    Blair came out of the net to play the puck when she saw how slow Penn State was being with their line change, got it up ice in a flash, and Maggie Knott was pretty much free to go. It was pretty embarrassing.

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    Jeff Kampersal post-game quote: "We’ve had 'tie wins' and 'tie losses' this season and I think today was definitely a 'tie win' for us.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Jeff Kampersal post-game quote: "We’ve had 'tie wins' and 'tie losses' this season and I think today was definitely a 'tie win' for us.”
    Here's the Penn State game recap: https://gopsusports.com/news/2019/2/...ercyhurst.aspx

    And from the Daily Collegian: https://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports...4c502b4e0.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Lindenwood tied Robert Morris 2-2 and RIT beat Syracuse 1-0. Just when I thought Syracuse was heating up at the right time, RIT ups the ante to their claim on the surprise team of the year. As far as the line change, the announcer in the Robert Morris game was not a fan of Penn State's dump and change lines style and they paid the Piper.


    I agree with Kampresal on Brennerman being the MVP.
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