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    2019-20 Penn State Nittany Lions

    Time to look ahead to 2019-20...

    Penn State only lost three players to graduation after the 2018-19 season, so 2019-20 won't be a huge rebuilding project for Jeff Kampersal and his staff, thankfully. They lost two forwards and a defender, but they're getting three forwards and a defender in the upcoming freshman class (according to https://collegecommitments.com/Commi...x?x7cq9=FEMALE). I don't know how accurate that list is (the list includes a player who is joining Penn State's club team, not the D-1 program), but these are the D-1 players they have for Penn State in 2019-20:

    Mallory Uihlein - D - 5' 7" - Edina High School, MN
    Rachel Weiss - F - 5' 7" - Pursuit of Excellence Academy, BC
    Julie Gough - F - 5' 8" - Durham Jr. Lightning, Ontario
    Mikayla Lantto - F - 5' 9" - Detroit Belle Tire U19, MI

    I haven't researched these incoming players' names into the ground, so I don't know anything substantial about any of them.

    -- Mallory Uihlein's Edina high school team just won its third-straight Minnesota AA state championship, and Uihlein was named to the all-tournament team. Penn State's defense is intact minus Kelsey Crow, and will be in good shape if Uihlein shows up ready to be a D-1 defender.
    -- Rachel Weiss's team just won its second-consecutive Canadian Sport School Hockey League division championship after an undefeated season, its third straight season in the division championship game.
    -- Julie Gough was the MVP of her high school co-ed hockey team in both 2016 and 2017, where she was a multi-sport athlete. She was an alternate captain on her PWHL team this season. She plays both ends of the ice, so Kampersal will have options for using her at Penn State.
    -- Mikayla Lantto's team just won the 2019 MAHA state championship and will play in the USA Hockey U19 national tournament next month in California. They made it to the USA Hockey U19 championship game last season, but lost to Shattuck-St. Mary's.

    The biggest hole to fill in 2019-20 is the one in the defense left by the graduation of senior captain Kelsey Crow. The defense will be a young group again (one senior, one junior, four sophomores, one freshman). They were a good group in 2018-19, and could be a great group in 2019-20 if they work hard again.

    Not to overstate the obvious, but scoring is the bigger problem to solve overall, and that includes on the power play. Shot counts are there, aggression in the crease is there, battling for rebounds is there, but goals aren't there. Sure, it's nice to have a Natalie Heising on the roster, but it isn't enough, so hopefully that gets worked out. This 2019-20 team has all the potential to be the best Penn State team since moving to D-1.

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    Re: 2019-20 Penn State Nittany Lions

    Cornell is in the Final Four and Penn State should have beat them.

    Crow was a great Captain, but Penn State did beat RIT without her when she missed that one game. Rolph missed about ten games too.

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    Re: 2019-20 Penn State Nittany Lions

    Quote Originally Posted by Reddington View Post
    Cornell is in the Final Four and Penn State should have beat them.
    A win against Cornell was there for the taking, for sure. Still, a 3-3 OT tie against the #4 team (at the time) is a keeper, and Penn State managed to score two power play goals against them, and power play goals weren't exactly a given for Penn State.

    Crow was a great Captain, but Penn State did beat RIT without her when she missed that one game. Rolph missed about ten games too.
    I never did hear what Morgan Rolph's injury was in January, but it ended her season. I remember she didn't look good being helped off the ice. I hope she's okay and is able to be back for 2019-20. As long as she is, the defense only lost Crow, and they're getting Mallory Uihlein from Edina. I'm hoping Uihlein is as good as her team has been the last few years.

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    Re: 2019-20 Penn State Nittany Lions

    Jessica Adolfsson has been named to the Swedish National Team for the IIHF Women's World Championships in Espoo, Finland, April 4-14:

    https://gopsusports.com/news/2019/3/...pionships.aspx

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    Re: 2019-20 Penn State Nittany Lions

    I can't let go of 2018-19 without a little griping about how the CHA does a tournament. The current midweek championship tournament format sucks, with all games being played in Buffalo, NY, four days after playing a two-game weekend series to end the regular season.

    Let teams finish their regular season games and then give them the usual week off. The following weekend, go back to the old format of best-of-three quarterfinals at school arenas. Then, after another week off, you can move the rest of the tournament to Buffalo the following weekend for the semifinals and championship game (I'd much rather see the whole thing played at conference school arenas, however you want to figure the hosting out).

    That way, nobody has to worry about playing five games in a week to win a championship, everyone gets a week of rest before the tournament, and the semifinals and championship will actually showcase the top teams at their best, not tired as hell. Try to imagine Lindenwood finishing a season with two games at Syracuse one weekend, traveling home to Missouri, then having to turn around and be in Buffalo three days later for the CHA banquet the night before the tournament starts - and be tournament-ready the next day.

    How was attendance at the 2019 CHA championship game under this wonderful new format? A whopping 231 fans - for a conference championship game. That's embarrassing.
    Last edited by ZedLeppelin; 03-21-2019 at 04:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZedLeppelin View Post

    How was attendance at the 2019 CHA championship game under this wonderful new format? A whopping 231 fans - for a conference championship game. That's embarrassing.
    Hmm. 562 attended the year before when it was Saturday afternoon.

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