Thanks for reading! I love that there's an audience for it :)
Hey, life is like that. The rest of the season could be a slog. There is a glimmer of hope for some competitive hockey down the stretch, though. The Bucks looked a lot better on Friday than the final score indicated and they kept that pace up for most of tonight's game as well. I'm not saying they're about to contend for the B1G title or anything, but we may still see some decent games out of this team. It'd be a nice send off for the seniors and a stepping stone toward next season.
Hm, that's the right link but it isn't working for me now either. If you go to WeAreCentralPA.com and click "Sports Video" or "Nittany Nation" under the Sports tab you should be able to get it ok. Looks like they have highlights of today's game too. Hang in til the end for Weis' goal.
Aha! Here you go. The highlight vid at the top of this article includes Schilkey's third period goal and Greco's gamewinner, follwed by Lampasso's tally because who cares about chronological order?
I'm looking. So far all I've found in a highlight package of Penn State's goals.
Penn State has been a full fledged D-I school for a couple seasons. That's just the most applicable photo I could find out of my stockpile yesterday :)
It's my pleasure, guys. Hopefully I'll have some good news for you regarding the lady Puckeyes here in a couple hours.
Thanks! The women's program is definitely farther along than the men's in that Nate Handrahan is in his fourth season behind the ladies' bench. He is coaching players that he recruited to fit the style of play he wants to coach. The men's program is still in coaching change limbo.
Steve Rohlik is kind of stuck, trying to transition to a new style of play while not necessarily having players whose talents are beneficial to that style.
Part of the problem with this year's men's team is that it was hit with the double whammy of skilled players leaving early and receiving no incoming players of similar talents. OSU would've had some higher tier recruits these last two seasons but they decommitted after the coaching change.
Recruiting is really the only way to grow a program long term, drawing high quality talents whose skill sets fit the coaching style. There are some intriguing players in the pipeline for the Bucks, but we're still a season or two from seeing the fruits of Rohlik and Co.'s labor.
JDeerhake is right. Not enough teams are fielded by Big Ten schools to warrant the formation of a women's B1G. If Michigan and Michigan State join the party we'd have the necessary six teams.