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Penn State’s struggles continue; Travel to Pittsburgh Friday to take on Robert Morris

Discipline and hard work. They are two qualities that Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky wants to see in his team. Over the last coupled of years, I’ve had to pleasure of getting to know coach pretty well and after Saturday’s night’s 5-2 loss to Vermont in the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff, I’ve never seen the man so upset and frustrated with his team. The Nittany Lions started out well scoring the game’s first two goals, but after being out-shot 12-1 in the second period, Penn State never fully recovered. I knew Penn State would struggle with a speedier and …

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End of the Road: Kimmo Timonen

Photo via CBSSports.com After the Flyers finished with a league-worst 56 points following the 2006-07 season, the Flyers made a number of drastic, organization-changing moves to help push the team forward into the new era. Among them were acquiring winger Scott Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Nashville Predators for the first-round pick they acquired in the Peter Forsberg trade. Timonen instantly became the face of the Flyers defense until future Hall-of-Famer Chris Pronger was acquired in the summer of 2009. Timonen enjoyed many solid seasons with the team, including four Barry Ashbee trophies as the Flyers’ best defenseman …

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North American Hockey Roundup: Anthony Mantha is a stud; The Erie Otters are for real; Providence moves up in NCAA rankings

When the Detroit Red Wings selected Anthony Mantha with the 20th overall pick in this past year’s draft they got the best pure goal scorer in the 2013 draft class according to numerous scouts. He certainly has not disappointed so far this season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL. Mantha currently leads the QMJHL in scoring with 18 goals and 33 points in 12 games played. Right now, he’s too good to play in the QMJHL. How he fell to #20 is crazy and is something I will never understand. He should be in the AHL with Grand Rapids, but since …

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Nittany Lions swept by Air Force; Set to face RIT and Vermont this weekend

The first road trip of the year for the Penn State Nittany Lions did not go according to plan. Penn State drop both games to the Air Force Academy 5-2 and 3-1 last Friday and Saturday respectively. Friday night’s contest was a flat out disappointment. Penalties once again plagued Guy Gadowsky’s squad early on as sophomore David Glen was whistled for slashing less than five minutes into the game.  Scott Holm would give the Falcons a 1-0 lead on the powerplay as Cole Gunner sent a pass from the right corner to Chad Demers in front who tipped it on …

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Flyers continue to operate near 50 contract limit

The Philadelphia Flyers currently sit at 52 contracts, four of which slide, which leaves them at 48 contracts towards the 50 contract limit. For the three or four people that may actually regularly read my articles, this topic may seem familiar. I wrote pretty much this exact same article back in July of 2012. Recently on Twitter, this topic came up in conversation among Josh Janet of gcobb.com and jsaquella of The Hockey Guys. We were all lamenting the Flyers seeming frivolity in handing out contracts. It prompted me to want to take another look this season. Team Contracts Slide Net Detroit …