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WHKY Opens 2017-18 at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth

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Sept. 28, 2017

PENN STATE AT
No. 5 MINNESOTA DULUTH
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Friday, Sept. 29 | 8 p.m. (EDT)
Saturday, Sept. 30 | 4 p.m. (EDT)
AMSOIL Arena | Duluth, Minn.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's hockey team begins its sixth season as a varsity program with a trip to No. 5 Minnesota Duluth this weekend. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Sept. 29, and 4 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn.

FOLLOW ALONG
Both games will be streamed via www.nchc.tv, but fans must have an account to view the stream. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPSUsports.com.

SCOUTING UMD
The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs enter the 2017-18 season ranked No. 5 in both major polls.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 25-7-5 season and a record of 19-5-4 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) action.

The 2016-17 season came to a close for Minnesota Duluth with a 1-0 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA Quarterfinals

SERIES HISTORY VS. UMD
This is first meeting between the two programs.

THE STATE OF HOCKEY
Nine Nittany Lions call Minnesota aka “The State of Hockey” home.

Kelsey Crow, Hannah Ehresmann, Natalie Heising, Brooke Madsen, Katie McMillan, Kate Rydland, Sophie Slattery, Bella Sutton, and Christi Vetter represent Minnesota on the 2017-18 Penn State women’s hockey roster.

PENN STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
In their first five seasons as a varsity program, the Penn State Nittany Lions have not fared well against ranked teams.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, Penn State has a record of 4-21-1 against ranked foes.

NEW FACES
Along with the seven freshmen, the Penn State women’s hockey program welcomes three new faces to Hockey Valley.

The Nittany Lion freshman class is comprised of Chantal Burke, Natalie Heising, Cam Leonard, Shea Nelson, Katie Rankin, Morgan Rolph, and Sophie Slattery.

Behind the bench, first-year head coach Jeff Kampersal brought on Celeste Brown and Allison Coomey to complete his coaching staff.

COACH KAMPERSAL
Jeff Kampersal brings more than 20 years of experience as a head coach to Hockey Valley.

Prior to joining the Nittany Lions during the summer of 2017, Coach Kampersal was the head coach of the Princeton Tigers for 21 seasons. During his tenure at Princeton, Coach Kampersal tallied a record of 327-261-58.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, Kampersal ranks fifth in career victories among active women’s hockey coaches with 327, a total that ranks No. 7 all-time.

SMART LIONS
Seven members of the Penn State women’s hockey program were named All-American Scholars for the 2016-17 season, as announced by American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).

Laura Bowman, Kelsey Crow, Katie McMillan, Amy Petersen, Kelly Seward, Bella Sutton and Christi Vetter were among the 220 Division I-II student-athletes recognized by the AHCA.

HEISING WINS GOLD
Nittany Lion Natalie Heising and the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team defeated Canada, 3-1, to capture its third-straight IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship on Jan. 14, 2017.

Heising, a forward from Maple Grove, Minn., was named one of Team USA’s three top players of the tournament.

PRESEASON POLL
After finishing fourth in the 2016-17 College Hockey America (CHA) regular season standings, the Penn State women’s hockey team was selected fourth in the 2017-18 CHA preseason poll.

WELCOME BACK
Penn State returns 17 letterwinners to the team for the 2017-18 season, including a pair of College Hockey America (CHA) All-Rookie Team honorees.

In their first year donning the Blue & White, Brooke Madsen and Katie McMillan made their presence felt throughout the season.

Madsen, a forward, played in all 35 games and netted 21 points (7g, 14a). Madsen’s season was highlighted with a three-assist outing in an 8-1 victory at Union (10/7).

On the blueline, McMillan recorded 11 points on four goals and seven assists in 35 games played.

2017-18 CAPTAINS
Senior defenseman Bella Sutton will captain the 2017-18 Nittany Lions, while Kelsey Crow and Aly Hardy will serve as alternate captains.

Sutton holds program records for goals by a defenseman (13) and points by a defenseman (40). She also ranks second in assists by a defenseman with 27.

On the power-play, Sutton ranks fourth all-time in points (23), fourth in goals (nine), and tied for third in assists (14).

Crow, a junior defenseman, served as an alternate captain last season and she ranks sixth all-time at PSU in points by a defenseman with 12.

Hardy, a senior forward, has played in 71 games and tallied 10 points on three goals and seven assists. Off the ice, Hardy serves as the vice president for the Penn State Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB).

THE 2017-18 SLATE
Penn State is slated to play 34 contests during the 2017-18 regular season, which includes 15 games at the Pegula Ice Arena.

The 2017-18 regular season is highlighted by a trip to Minnesota Duluth (Sept. 29-30), hosting defending NCAA Champion Clarkson (Oct. 13-14), two series against Robert Morris (Oct. 28-29 & Jan. 26-27), a trip to Ohio State (Jan. 5-6), and hosting Princeton (Jan. 30).

NEXT UP
The Nittany Lions open their home slate on Oct. 6-7 when they host the Union Dutchwomen for a weekend series at the Pegula Ice Arena


 

 

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