[QUOTE=ZedLeppelinI hope Lindsay got to watch the game and will have a much better post-game report on the Mercyhurst thread.
Edit to add: I see a tying goal with 4.8 seconds left was called off, so I'd love to hear what happened there.[/QUOTE]
I haven’t even left work yet.
Leaving now though and I may try to see if the game gets put on demand on the Portal. I would think that kind of an ending will fuel emotions for the rematch. Not at all surprised by the close game. Elsewhere RMU and Lindenwood tied. That’s surprising but not shocking given Lindemwood’s goalie in game 1 of a series, has shown her stuff time and time again. CHA race is going to be fun once again this year.
Here's the Penn State recap:
Referees reviewed the potential tying goal (with five seconds left in the game) and then determined that Penn State was offside on the play. Not on a shot from just inside the zone...this was a shot during a scramble at the net, presumably chopping at a rebound. How long do they get to decide if a play was offside? I was expecting to hear something about interfering with the goalie or something like that.
"... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling
I'm late to the game (no pun intended), but Penn State lost game two to Mercyhurst in OT by a score of 5-4.
Looking at stats, the first thing to jump off the page is seeing that sophomore goalie Chantal Burke was in net for this one in her first career start, instead of junior Jenna Brenneman. Talk about earning your wings in battle. Good for Burke - I'm glad to see her get playing time, and not playing time against a cupcake. The second thing to jump off the page is seeing that freshman Loli Fidler finally scored her first (and second) career goals, and ended up with a three-point game. Good for her, too. Junior Katie Rankin got her faceoff touch back this weekend, going 18-7 in the circle today after a 21-10 run in yesterday's game - that's good to see.
Penn State led in shots on goal by 36-29, and went 2-for-3 on the power play, too, so offensively it looks like they were on their game today, and were actually up 4-1 at one point. How that disappeared is something they're going to have to work on, says Captain Obvious. I would've loved to watch this series to see what happened defensively today, when Penn State is usually a very tough defensive team.
Overall, not a bad weekend to open conference play, especially playing at Mercyhurst.
Last edited by ZedLeppelin; 10-27-2018 at 09:52 PM.
Emma Nuutinen is what happened.
Penn State freshman Loli Fidler (Edina, MN) has been named the CHA Rookie of the Week:
Here's a new video tour of the Penn State women's hockey facilities at Pegula Ice Arena:
Video seemed to be aimed at Ontario.
Fantastic video promoting the school and program. Recruits must ask where it is located based on the map that was shown in video.
Minnesota girls have peppered the Penn State Roster from the get go.
Maybe with all that video capability shown in the video, Penn State will not let the scorer for Syracuse get loose (not sure if they have one). Nuutinen received player of week in the CHA for this past weekend. Murphy dinged them in the previous Providence series also.
This weekend is a home CHA matchup series against Syracuse, including the annual Penn State THON game on Sunday. That one is always the best-attended game of the season, so it should be a fun one. If the student section that shows up for men's games decides to come out for the women's game on Sunday, it should be even more fun.
Syracuse is another hard series to call. So far this season, they've won the games they were supposed to win, and lost the games they were supposed to lose, so it looks like a typical CHA weekend where anything can happen. They don't have any single player lighting up the stats, with scoring pretty evenly spread among the top eight scorers. Their leading scorer, freshman Lauren Bellefontaine, was just named the CHA Rookie of the Month, so she will be one to keep in check this weekend, but Syracuse isn't a one trick pony, either. I think the weak link for Syracuse is in net, with their top goalie giving up almost 3.5 goals per game - it wouldn't surprise me to see that this weekend. Syracuse does take twice as many penalties as Penn State does, so that should be something for Penn State to keep in mind.
In their last game, Syracuse took Clarkson to OT, so Penn State needs to come out fast and stay on the gas for 60 minutes, and use the smothering defense that they're capable of. Penn State freshman Loli Fidler has finally found her scoring touch, and that's good news for Penn State. Sophomore scoring leader Natalie Heising is being Natalie Heising...nuff said...and it looks like Jeff Kampersal has found the line combinations he wants for this season. Penn State is fun to watch because you can see the team settling in with each game, and lines starting to gel and make things happen. It should be a fast weekend.
Both games are at 2:00 (Eastern Time), and streamed free on LionVision at these links:
Thanks for the research and links.
Can you post the final THON totals when they're released?
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