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    Quote Originally Posted by oggie View Post
    The Junior Whitecaps goalie was lights out 3 shutouts in the championship round by far the the best goalie at u-19 level.
    3 shutouts in the championship round = maybe a humble brag. "by far the best goalie at U-19 level" is a little over the top when looking at the team she played on and also that you might be a little biased...

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    Quote Originally Posted by used2lurk View Post
    3 shutouts in the championship round = maybe a humble brag. "by far the best goalie at U-19 level" is a little over the top when looking at the team she played on and also that you might be a little biased...
    I give the guy credit, he didn't say who the goalie was, U had to look it up. I just wanted to check if she shared the net.

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    Finally, finally finally - the off-season is over and Penn State plays its exhibition game against Durham West Junior Lightning of the PWHL this Saturday, September 21, at 2:00. Since there weren't any extraordinary losses to graduation after last season, it looks to be pretty much the same Penn State team, with four incoming freshmen added to the mix - including one who is coming in from the same Durham West team.

    Being much the same Penn State team as last season, all that remains to be seen is how these four freshmen fit into the scheme of things. Not to sound like a broken record, but the biggest loss to graduation was defenseman Kelsey Crow. Penn State fills that defensive spot with incoming freshman Mallory Uihlein from Edina, MN, who shows up with a pretty good-looking bio (https://gopsusports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=9667). The other three freshmen are forwards.

    Being a native of Duluth, I love seeing Minnesota players coming to Penn State, but I always wonder how long it will take them to adjust their game, as Minnesota hockey is fast and flashy and CHA hockey is physical and grinding. Sophomore Loli Fidler (another Edina grad, and the 2018 Minnesota High School Female Athlete of the Year) had a slow first half of the season as a freshman last year, but ended up being a solid physical player, and I think it had something to do with going from the hockey she was used to in Minnesota to the hockey she got in the CHA.

    I hope all three goalies get a turn in net for Penn State on Saturday. Obviously, senior Jenna Brenneman will be the starter this season, but I hope junior Chantal Burke gets some time this season, too. I wonder if Brenneman worked on her uppercut over the summer, or learned how to lead with a jab

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Finally, finally finally - the off-season is over and Penn State plays its exhibition game against Durham West Junior Lightning of the PWHL this Saturday, September 21, at 2:00. Since there weren't any extraordinary losses to graduation after last season, it looks to be pretty much the same Penn State team, with four incoming freshmen added to the mix - including one who is coming in from the same Durham West team.

    Being much the same Penn State team as last season, all that remains to be seen is how these four freshmen fit into the scheme of things. Not to sound like a broken record, but the biggest loss to graduation was defenseman Kelsey Crow. Penn State fills that defensive spot with incoming freshman Mallory Uihlein from Edina, MN, who shows up with a pretty good-looking bio (https://gopsusports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=9667). The other three freshmen are forwards.

    Being a native of Duluth, I love seeing Minnesota players coming to Penn State, but I always wonder how long it will take them to adjust their game, as Minnesota hockey is fast and flashy and CHA hockey is physical and grinding. Sophomore Loli Fidler (another Edina grad, and the 2018 Minnesota High School Female Athlete of the Year) had a slow first half of the season as a freshman last year, but ended up being a solid physical player, and I think it had something to do with going from the hockey she was used to in Minnesota to the hockey she got in the CHA.

    I hope all three goalies get a turn in net for Penn State on Saturday. Obviously, senior Jenna Brenneman will be the starter this season, but I hope junior Chantal Burke gets some time this season, too. I wonder if Brenneman worked on her uppercut over the summer, or learned how to lead with a jab
    Penn State did well out of the conference last year and not well in the conference which makes one wonder if the CHA is underrated. With four teams beating up on each other, it will be a dogfight. Penn St beat RIT without Crowe so I think the D will not skip a beat. Brenneman had such a good year, Robert Morris and Mercyhurst brought in different goalies this year. I'm not sure about the backup goalies as Burke replaced Brennerman against Mercyhurst, but later in the year, Leonard received the minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddington View Post
    Penn State did well out of the conference last year and not well in the conference which makes one wonder if the CHA is underrated. With four teams beating up on each other, it will be a dogfight. Penn St beat RIT without Crowe so I think the D will not skip a beat. Brenneman had such a good year, Robert Morris and Mercyhurst brought in different goalies this year. I'm not sure about the backup goalies as Burke replaced Brenneman against Mercyhurst, but later in the year, Leonard received the minutes.
    Penn State was picked to finish fourth in the CHA preseason coaches poll: https://gopsusports.com/news/2019/9/...ason-poll.aspx It's getting to be an "every preseason" opinion that Penn State ends in fourth place, so I don't know how much weight to put behind that.

    As you said, Penn State did well out of conference last season, but struggled with CHA teams, and also only won 5 of 15 home games. They were very solid defensively, but it wasn't matched with enough offensive output, obviously, and they really need that to improve. The talent is there, so it's up to Jeff Kampersal and his staff to make it work. I'm anxious to see the three freshmen forwards on Saturday and how they fit into the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    Penn State was picked to finish fourth in the CHA preseason coaches poll: https://gopsusports.com/news/2019/9/...ason-poll.aspx It's getting to be an "every preseason" opinion that Penn State ends in fourth place, so I don't know how much weight to put behind that.

    As you said, Penn State did well out of conference last season, but struggled with CHA teams, and also only won 5 of 15 home games. They were very solid defensively, but it wasn't matched with enough offensive output, obviously, and they really need that to improve. The talent is there, so it's up to Jeff Kampersal and his staff to make it work. I'm anxious to see the three freshmen forwards on Saturday and how they fit into the mix.

    No one follows Penn State like you! I think Penn State will be in the top two this year at the end of the regular season in the CHA. I'm not as confident in the playoffs of a top two finish. I'm looking at the schedule and I see a path to 20 wins. If it is a losing record this year, I will be surprised.
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    I'm looking at the schedule and I see a path to 20 wins. If it is a losing record this year, I will be surprised.
    I absolutely agree with you on a 20-win season, and that's not even counting Penn State sweeping Wisconsin in Madison.

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    I absolutely agree with you on a 20-win season, and that's not even counting Penn State sweeping Wisconsin in Madison.
    Oooh, them's are fight'n words. Look for Timothy to chime shortly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Oooh, them's are fight'n words. Look for Timothy to chime shortly...
    Going out to Wisconsin is the definition of a donation. Hmmm, Holy Cross then Wisconsin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddington View Post
    Penn State did well out of the conference last year and not well in the conference which makes one wonder if the CHA is underrated.
    I definitely think that there is some element of the CHA being overlooked. However, Penn State was the only team in the CHA that had a winning record out of conference. The top three teams in the league were a combined 5-29-7 OOC, thanks in large part to eventual league champion Syracuse going 0-13-1 against non CHA teams during the regular season.

    The sample size is small enough that we can spin it a number of different ways, but it does seem like once Mercyhurst regressed to the CHA pack, the league has lacked that one heavyweight to go toe to toe with the best of the other leagues and come out on top. Beyond that, the league as a whole can compete with the other leagues.
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    Agree with Armís last sentence there. While Hurst regressed a bit, the league has also gotten better and theyíve met in the middle. I think itís fair the CHA doesnít have a top ten ranked team right now. People who speak as though the CHA teams are the worst 6 teams in NCAA hockey could not be more wrong, however.

    I would love to see a CHA team fight itís way back in to a top ten ranking. In my mind the non conference games are just as important as the conference games. Drives me a bit nuts to see some of the out of conference games that get squandered here and there by various teams in CHA. Credit to Penn State for doing well out of conference last year. Can hear the footsteps coming and I hope (of course) that Mercyhurst has an answer, but that Penn State keeps doing well out of conference.

    Slightly different topic - but itís great to be back in college hockey season again! Hope the CHA announces their streaming options soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARM View Post
    ...but it does seem like once Mercyhurst regressed to the CHA pack, the league has lacked that one heavyweight to go toe to toe with the best of the other leagues and come out on top. Beyond that, the league as a whole can compete with the other leagues.
    That's very true. It's one thing to own the CHA, as Mercyhurst has done for so long, and quite another to advance in the national tournament, but Mercyhurst has been a team to do that, too. Now, as other teams catch up a bit to Mercyhurst, the conference gets more interesting, but nobody is emerging as the kind of dynasty that Mercyhurst has been. Where did Syracuse come from last season to win the CHA championship?

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    People who speak as though the CHA teams are the worst 6 teams in NCAA hockey could not be more wrong, however.
    That kind of thinking makes for fun games. I think my favorite had to be the season opener series at Colgate, when Colgate was ranked #5, and Penn State only showed up with 12 players and beat Colgate in the second game, when those 12 players should have been exhausted. I'm sure Colgate wasn't expecting anything going into game two.

    Slightly different topic - but it’s great to be back in college hockey season again!
    Amen to that! I hate the off-season, hate the summer (I blame my Duluth blood for that), and live for winter and women's hockey to start again!

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    Re: 2019-20 Penn State Nittany Lions

    Videos from Penn State women's hockey media day, and they're longer than 30 seconds.

    23 minutes with Jeff Kampersal: https://gopsusports.com/watch/?Archive=4982&type=Live

    And 17 minutes with seniors Brooke Madsen and Katie McMillan: https://gopsusports.com/watch/?Archive=4979&type=Live
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    I absolutely agree with you on a 20-win season, and that's not even counting Penn State sweeping Wisconsin in Madison.
    Those are fightin woyds LOL! I've definitely been lurking on your thread trying to gain some insight into the team, but I was planning on chatting with the PSU fans a little closer to the games. Now that I'm here, fill me in on the strengths and weaknesses of the team. I'm looking forward to seeing PSU at LaBahn, a new team that I have not seen in person yet.

    That Friday game could be a bit of a trap coming off 2 road games @ Lindenwood with it being the first home game and the banner going up, there will be a certain level of mental distraction there. Plus being only games 3 and 4, lots of chemistry not developed yet with the top 2 D, the 3 top centers/2 Olympic level players graduated. Lots of unknowns for UW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    Those are fightin woyds LOL! I've definitely been lurking on your thread trying to gain some insight into the team, but I was planning on chatting with the PSU fans a little closer to the games. Now that I'm here, fill me in on the strengths and weaknesses of the team. I'm looking forward to seeing PSU at LaBahn, a new team that I have not seen in person yet.

    That Friday game could be a bit of a trap coming off 2 road games @ Lindenwood with it being the first home game and the banner going up, there will be a certain level of mental distraction there. Plus being only games 3 and 4, lots of chemistry not developed yet with the top 2 D, the 3 top centers/2 Olympic level players graduated. Lots of unknowns for UW.
    Penn State will be on the road at Holy Cross and then travel out to Madison. So I see that as even as far as travel and playing what should be games that each team is heavily favored in. Holy Cross does have a new coach though.
    As far as Penn State, in my opinion other than Wisconsin and Minnesota, Penn State could step on the ice and have a chance. That does not mean they are powerful it just means they are dangerous. Penn State would need a confluence of events like Colgate had against Wisconsin two years ago where Colgate stole the win. Brenneman would have to stand on her head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    Those are fightin woyds LOL! I've definitely been lurking on your thread trying to gain some insight into the team, but I was planning on chatting with the PSU fans a little closer to the games. Now that I'm here, fill me in on the strengths and weaknesses of the team. I'm looking forward to seeing PSU at LaBahn, a new team that I have not seen in person yet.
    Well, this is essentially the same team as last season, minus Kelsey Crow on defense (no disrespect to graduates Meike Meilleur and Christi Vetter). Despite the loss of Crow's leadership, Penn State should be every bit as solid defensively, if not even more so. Offensively, the problem last season wasn't work ethic or effort - they just could not find the back of the net as often as the talent should have been able to.

    In Jeff Kampersal's media day comments, he said it's been a defensive focus for him since he got here, but with that being solid his focus is on a real offensive press this season. That sounds really good to a Penn State fan. The offensive talent is there, beyond the obvious talent of Natalie Heising, and there are defenders who have an offensive touch as well (Jessica Adolfsson, Izzy Heminger, Rene Gangarosa). The defenders won't show up at the top of any points chart, but they make things happen. It would be a mistake for an opposing team to focus solely on Natalie Heising.

    Without trying to sound like hype, it really does look good for this team this season. My biggest hope is that they can start taking over their CHA games and really tearing things up in the conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddington View Post
    Penn State will be on the road at Holy Cross and then travel out to Madison. So I see that as even as far as travel and playing what should be games that each team is heavily favored in. Holy Cross does have a new coach though.
    As far as Penn State, in my opinion other than Wisconsin and Minnesota, Penn State could step on the ice and have a chance. That does not mean they are powerful it just means they are dangerous. Penn State would need a confluence of events like Colgate had against Wisconsin two years ago where Colgate stole the win. Brenneman would have to stand on her head.
    I really hope Holy Cross gives Penn State some hard work. I'd hate to see them go into Madison having had an easy time of things with Holy Cross, and not itching for some battling in Wisconsin. You're right - I wouldn't call Penn State a powerful team, but they have talent spread out, and I like a team that way much more than having one or two hotshots and not much else. Wisconsin, of course, is heavily favored and rightfully so, but that's going to be a very interesting series.

    Is it tomorrow yet and time to head to Pegula?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post
    I really hope Holy Cross gives Penn State some hard work. I'd hate to see them go into Madison having had an easy time of things with Holy Cross, and not itching for some battling in Wisconsin. You're right - I wouldn't call Penn State a powerful team, but they have talent spread out, and I like a team that way much more than having one or two hotshots and not much else. Wisconsin, of course, is heavily favored and rightfully so, but that's going to be a very interesting series.

    Is it tomorrow yet and time to head to Pegula?
    Holy Cross knocked off Northeastern Last Year so anything is possible.

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    Here are some takeaways from Penn State's media day:

    https://gopsusports.com/news/2019/9/...media-day.aspx

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    Is the scrimmage being broadcasted? Those links were helpful.

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