Series Preview: Defending Champ West Chester Visits For Key CHE Clashes

What: Penn State (5-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 College Hockey East) hosts West Chester (5-2-0 overall, 2-0-0 College Hockey East) in a CHE series

When: Saturday, November 9th at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 10th at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Pegula Ice Arena Varsity Rink; University Park, PA

Notable: This weekend's games are rematches of last season's ACHA national championship game, won 5-2 by West Chester after PSU took an early 2-0 lead in the contest.

Game Notes

Hat Scratch Fever: Carly Szyszko's hat trick in the October 20th win over Michigan State was the third of the 2013-14 by a Penn Stater, joining the efforts of Jackie Saideh and Devon Fisk on September 28th against Liberty. Last season, PSU notched four hat tricks in all, two by Fisk (November 3, 2012 vs. Maryland and December 9, 2012 vs. Slippery Rock) and two by Mandy Mortach (December 9, 2012 vs. Slippery Rock and January 13th vs. Navy). All except Fisk's outing against the Terrapins were four-goal games.

College Hockey Eastern Bias: This weekend's series begins Penn State's home College Hockey East schedule, after splitting a pair of games at California last month. In all, ten of PSU's 12 remaining regular season games will take place within the meat grinder conference of four teams - all of which qualified for the ACHA National Tournament last season.

Bandwagoner: Freshman forward Geneva Wagoner leads all ACHA Women's Division 2 rookies in goals (four) and points (eight), with those numbers two and three, respectively, ahead of the next best totals. After her debut with a pair of goals in a season-opening win over Liberty on September 27th, Wagoner was joined by fellow freshmen Anna Marcus, Lucy Yeatman (both September 28th vs. Liberty) and Cassie Dunne (October 12th at California) in collecting their first points at PSU.

Super Sophomore Saideh: Saideh has four goals and an assist this season, including the aforementioned hat trick against Liberty while primarily playing forward. In 2012-13, the Massachusetts native recorded one point, an assist, as a blueliner.

Milestone Watch (including statistics accumulated with the ACHA Division 1 Lady Icers from 2010-2012): Senior goaltender Katie Vaughan is three wins from 30 for her career... sophomore defender Tara Soukup is two penalty minutes shy of 50 at Penn State... Fisk needs two points to hit 30 in her 20 games so far... Szyszko and senior defender Allie Rothman have both played in 72 career games, while junior defender Ashton Schaffer's next game will be her 35th.

The Opponent

Name: West Chester University
Nickname: Golden Rams
Location: West Chester, PA

Series History: WCU leads, 2-1-0. Last season, Penn State recorded one of the biggest wins in team history on January 26th, bringing down the Golden Rams 2-1 at their home Ice Line on the strength of goals from Fisk and Soukup, as well as 24 Vaughan saves. WCU bounced back to the tune of 3-1 the next day, then also took the season's rubber match 5-2 - a contest that also happened to be the ACHA national championship game.

About West Chester: Obviously, the Golden Rams need little introduction to Penn Staters as the WIHC will seek a measure of revenge this weekend after WCU ended PSU’s Cinderella run at the 2013 ACHA National Tournament in the final, a game that also delivered a first-ever championship for the eastern rivals. ACHA regular season and tournament MVP Becky Dobson, who scored three times in that title game, is back to lead the Rams’ offense, and she’s off to an expectedly-prolific start with 15 goals in six games. Freshmen Cat Corcoran and Miranda Stueve (a combined nine goals) have been significant in new coach Scott Reuter’s reload effort, while senior goalie Aly Golia and returning blueliners Colleen Elvin, Virlen Reyes and Danielle Speroff help ensure that WCU is among the nation’s best teams on both ends of the ice.

Trivia: Penn State has three West Chester natives on the roster - Fisk, Rothman and Mary Kate Tonetti - all of whom played in the West Chester Quakers program that also produced several WCU players, including defense standouts Speroff and Elvin.

Head Coach: Scott Reuter (first season)
Goals Scored Per Game: 6.33
Goals Allowed Per Game: 2.00

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