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Penn State hockey teams fall; Women's game raises $5000 for THON, Pink Zone
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A Pegula Ice Arena record crowd of 1,795 witnessed Penn State and RIT Skate for the Cure Saturday afternoon as the Tigers won 3-1. The Nittany Lions raised over $5,000, which will benefit THON and WBCA Pink Zone.
Laura Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.) tallied PSU's lone goal. The nearly 1,800 fans broke the PSU women's hockey record of 1,424, which was set in the women's opener vs. Union on Oct. 18, 2013.
"To shatter our attendance record today was a really cool thing. In so many ways it was a special day," Josh Brandwene said. "It was a great effort by both teams, we're all just bummed that we came out on the wrong side of the result. The people that needed to win today won today: that's the children of THON, and Pink Zone."
Skate for the Cure is an annual game that each team in College Hockey America hosts for breast cancer awareness. Penn State (4-21-3, 1-12-1 CHA) donned special light pink jerseys and the officiating crew joined in with black and dark pink jerseys. Prior to the game, PSU captain Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and RIT captain Celeste Brown joined Penn State Associate Athletic Director Charmelle Green for a ceremonial puck drop.
In a free flowing first period that saw few whistles, Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) stood tall with 12 saves and Bowman was opportunistic at the end of the frame to put the Nittany Lions on top.
Bowman stole a loose puck at RIT's blue line, charged in the zone and unleashed a shot that got through Tiger goalie Brooke Stoddart for a 1-0 lead with just 13 seconds left in the first. The goal was Bowman's eighth of the season to give her the team lead.
The second period started out positive for the Nittany Lions with 1:57 of a power play remaining from the opening stanza. PSU put four early shots on frame and nearly took a 2-0 lead on several scoring chances, but RIT (13-12-3, 8-4-2 CHA) was able to fend off the Penn State attack. Ultimately, the Tigers took control midway through the period as Dakota Waites won a faceoff in PSU's zone and rushed forward to net and tossed a well-timed pass to Brown to tie the game at one. The goal came 9:46 into the period and was RIT's lone power-play goal in four opportunities.
With just over three minutes remaining in the second period, RIT would go ahead on Mackenzie Stone's coast-to-coast effort, sliding a puck inside the right post past Paniccia, who stopped 19 shots in the second period. RIT held a 21-8 edge in shots for the middle 20 minutes.
The Tigers made it 3-1 at 10:02 on a Kolbee McCrea effort assited by Marissa Maugeri and Erin Zach, all three of which feature as RIT's top line.
Penn State should've cut it to a single goal with 5:09 left in the game as Bowman's cross-ice pass found an open Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) on a 2-on-1 break, but Stoddart (18 saves) made the side-to-side save to preserve the score.
RIT led in most stat categories, earning a 47-19 margin in shots and going 1-for-4 on the power play, while Penn State was 0-for-4. Penn State earned decided advantages in faceoff wins (43-27) and blocked shots (17-11).
Bowman was 15-13 at the faceoff dot, while Emily Laurenzi (Townsend, Del.) was 13-6 and Sarah Nielsen (Edina, Minn.) was 8-4. Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Kendra Rasmussen (Sartell, Minn.) each blocked three shots.
Penn State hosts Lindenwood for a two-game series Saturday and Sunday at Pegula Ice Arena. Lindenwood is coming off a 4-2 upset of No. 8 Robert Morris in Missouri this weekend. Game times are set for Noon each day.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Freshman forward Dylan Richard (Sherwood Park, Alta.) recorded his first career multi-point game as the Nittany Lions jumped out to a two-goal, first-period lead, but the Penn State men's hockey team fell to Ohio State, 5-2, at Value City Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Sherwood Park, Alta., native scored his second goal of the season less than three minutes into the contest and assisted on sophomore forward Casey Bailey's (Anchorage, Alaska) first-period strike to give Penn State (4-17-1, 0-8-0-0 Big Ten) the 2-0 advantage. The Buckeyes (14-9-1, 4-5-1-0 Big Ten) responded with five unanswered goals during the final two frames en route to the 5-2 victory.
The Nittany Lions out shot their opponent for the third straight game and fifth time in a six-game span as they held a 26-24 edge in the category. Penn State finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Ohio State went 2-for-4 with the man advantage. Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) turned aside 19 shots, while Ohio State netminder Christian Frey made 24 saves.
The Nittany Lions jumped out to their first two-goal lead since Dec. 1 against then-No. 15 Union with two markers in a 4:16 span. Just 2:31 into the affair, Richard netted his first goal since the fourth game of the season when he took defenseman Connor Varley's (Lansdale, Pa.) pass in the slot and wristed a high shot past Frey.
Bailey doubled the Penn State advantage with 13:36 left in the frame. Forward Jacob Friedman's (West Bloomfield, Mich.) shot ricocheted off Richard in front of the cage, but Bailey wristed the loose puck through traffic for his third goal of the season.
Ohio State scored three times, including a pair of power-play markers, in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. While on the power play, Tanner Fritz, who assisted on the Buckeyes' second goal, completed a tic-tac-toe play with Nick Schilkey and Ryan Dzingel 2:07 into the frame to make it a 2-1 game.
Dzingel evened the score just 1:29 later with another power-play goal after his slap shot from the top of the left circle reached the back of the net.
With 1:07 remaining in the stanza, Ohio State skated to its first lead. After Penn State failed to clear its defensive zone, Dzingel passed to Nick Oddo, who located Anthony Greco at the bottom of the right circle for the go-ahead tally.
In the third period, Max McCormick extended the Buckeye lead after his wrist shot from inside the blue line eluded Skoff. Schilkey and Drew Brevig collected assists on the play.
With 1:27 left in the game, Darik Angeli added an empty-net tally to account for the 5-2 final.
Penn State will return to Pegula Ice Arena next weekend when it hosts a two-game series against No. 12/12 Michigan. Opening faceoff in the series opener Friday, Feb. 7 is set at 7 p.m.
---Courtesy Penn State Athletics