Milewski, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Superstars shine in all levels of sports. They
are why fans come out to games and they are the ones that garner the most
attention. However, what separates good teams from great ones is depth.
season the Penn State women's hockey team enjoyed its best season in program
history. They posted 17 wins, thanks largely in part to eight players recording
double-figure point totals during the season.
year, the Nittany Lions are poised to continue their winning ways and the
return of seven of those eight top scorers will definitely help the cause.
have talent, depth, strength, speed and experience," said Coach Josh Brandwene.
"If we can continue to work hard and have a growth mindset all year, the sky's
talent, depth and speed were on display for the Nittany Lions in their first
game of the year, as they dispatched Guelph in a scrimmage, 1-0.
the Nittany Lions only scored one goal, the offense looked much better than the
score indicated and all four lines showed signs of potency. Also, the in game
adjustments made by the team seemed to be a big talking point for Brandwene as
he has preached a growth mindset from the beginning of the season.
needed to make some adjustments in the middle of the game and I was really
pleased with the way our team responded," said Brandwene.
lone goal in the game was scored by freshman Victoria Samuelsson, who was one
of the more impressive players on the ice during the game. The team boasts
strength in all four classes and Samuelsson looks to provide a youthful boost.
just really excited to be here and play my first game with all of the girls and
now I'm just looking forward to next week," said Samuelsson following the
not only Samuelsson, but also other freshman, like Hannah England and Kelsey
Crow will have a significant impact on the team this year according to
have great senior and junior leadership from our veterans, we have some really
good efforts from our sophomores as well and specifically talking about our
freshman, very pleased with what we saw from them as it was the first time they
put on a Penn State uniform," said Brandwene.
State's season kicks off with a big time matchup against the number one ranked
team in the nation, Minnesota. However, as is usually the case with the
Brandwene coached team, the Nittany Lions are focused on what they can do to
improve and not so much on what their opponent will do.
first step is to focus on us and what we see on film," said Brandwene. "We need
to build on the things we did well and focus on what we need to improve on
before we even turn the page and focus on Minnesota. We are excited for the
game, but our job right now is team growth."
State takes on the Golden Gophers next Thursday and Friday at Pegula Ice Arena
to kick off their 2015-16 campaign.