RIT Downs New Hampshire 3-2

Nightly Recap October 4, 2013

Lindenwood 1, North Dakota 5

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The Lady Lions hockey squad fell to nationally-ranked North Dakota on Friday evening in Grand Forks, N.D. by a 5-1 margin.

The game was filled with penalties and North Dakota won the special teams battle. Lindenwood had eight power-play opportunities but could not convert any of them. North Dakota had seven chances with a man-advantage and scored three of its goals on the power play.

North Dakota finished the game with a 51-16 advantage on shots, but it still could not pull away until the final period. A large reason was the play of Nicole Hensley who made 46 saves in the game.

After trailing 2-0 after one period, Lindenwood scored 5:13 into the second period to get within one goal. Kendra Broad scored her first goal of the season with an unassisted score.

The home team quickly got that goal back just over a minute later but the Lady Lions trailed just 3-1 after two periods. In the third period, Lindenwood had its best period by allowing 14 shots, but North Dakota scored two more times in the first half of the period to put the Lady Lions away.

Lindenwood falls to 0-2-1 on the season with the loss. The two teams meet again tomorrow night in Grand Forks.

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Penn State 3, Vermont 3

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) notched three points and the Nittany Lion women's hockey team played to a 3-3 tie with Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night. Twice Penn State trailed and each time PSU responded with a tying goal.Freshman Kelly Seward (Williamsville, N.Y.) scored the game's opening goal and Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tied things up at two in the third period. Senior goaltender Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) was spectacular in net making 35 saves to keep the dangerous Catamounts in check.

"What an entertaining game from both sides," Head coach Josh Brandwene said. "I liked our pace and how well we bounced back. It was a very gritty effort to come back late in the third period. I'm proud of this team."

In a game that was defined by power plays, namely 10 in the first two periods (seven by Vermont alone), Penn State (0-0-1) struck first.Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) won the faceoff to Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.) who fired a shot on net and it bounced past Roxanne Douville and sat in the crease. Seward rushed in on the melee and put away her first collegiate goal as Penn State took a 1-0 lead 13:32 into the second period.

The lead was Penn State's third straight against Vermont (0-0-1) at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Lions beat UVM last season in the inaugural opener for the program, 5-3, and lead 1-0 the following day.

The Nittany Lions controlled most of the second period, holding a 5-1 lead in shots through 14 minutes of the frame and looked to pad the lead. Eventually,

Penn State's mistakes defensively caught up, however, as the Nittany Lions spent most of the remaining second period time down a player. In fact, following back-to-back minor penalties, UVM decided to pull Douville and go on a 6-on-3 power play with an empty net. Nevertheless, Paniccia stood tall, turning aside two Catamount efforts and ultimately Penn State forced Vermont to go scoreless in its first seven power-play opportunities.

The Catamounts would eventually cash in as Brittany Zuback sent a cross-ice pass to freshman Victoria Andreakos and she beat Paniccia stick side to knot the score at one with 34.8 seconds remaining. Ashley Salerno was also credited with an assist.

Vermont took the lead nearly three minutes into the third period as Amanda Pelkey rushed in on Paniccia and lofted a backhanded effort for the 2-1 lead. Zuback and Andreakos were in on the assists for Pelkey's tally.

Penn State wasted little time in responding as Yoxheimer fired in from the left wing for Gross in the slot as she sent it home for a 2-2 deadlock. Freshman Sarah Nielsen (Edina, Minn.) was credited with an assist on the play on a pass to Yoxheimer.

The eighth PSU penalty of the night was the one that finally did it for the Lions as Zuback cashed in on a power play goal with a pass across the crease from Pelkey with four minutes left.

Thirty seconds later Yoxheimer zoomed down the left wing and ripped a shot past Douville into the right-side netting to draw the game at three. Nielsen set the goal up with a feed from center ice, her second point in the game.

The overtime period featured more of the end-to-end action seen in the third period as Vermont out-shot Penn State 4-2. As the seconds ticked down, the puck was played down the left-side boards to a skating Yoxheimer, but she couldn't get a shot off before the horn as the game ended in a tie.

Vermont held a 38-21 advantage in shots and went 1-for-6 on the power play. The Nittany Lions were 1-for-5 on the power play. UVM held a 42-30 edge in faceoff wins as well. Sophomore Emily Laurenzi (Townsend, Del.) won a team-high eight faceoffs, while Nielsen won seven. Yoxheimer was 4-3 on the faceoff Friday night.

The two teams will cap the two-game series on Saturday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. opening faceoff. The Penn State-Vermont series now stands at 1-1-1.

 

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Rensselaer 3, Robert Morris 0

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Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey team fell in their season opener to the RPI Engineers, 3-0.

Despite outshooting the Engineers, 25-20, the Colonials could not push the puck past goaltender Kelly O’Brien.

RPI jumped on top at the 9:51 mark of the first period, as Missy Mankey batted in a rebound off a shot from Laura Horwood. Katie Rooney was credited with the secondary assist.

Less than three minutes into the second period, the Engineers would extend their lead to two. Ali Svoboda corralled a pass from Taylor Mahoney on the power play and buried it behind junior goaltender Courtney Vinet (Camrose, Alberta / Edge School). The strike was RPI’s only one with a man advantage.

In the third period, RPI would put it away with an unassisted strike from Lauren Wash. The Colonials would try to answer with multiple attempts from junior Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) and freshman Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas), but O’Brien stood tall.

RMU served seven penalties for a total of 14 minutes, while the Engineers were penalized six times for 12 minutes. The Colonials were 1-7 on the penalty kill and 0-6 on the power play.

RMU looks to rebound tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. when they end their season opening series with RPI. 

 

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RIT 3, New Hampshire 2

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DURHAM, NH - Sophomore forward Jess Paton (Woodstock, Ontario/Waterloo K-W Rangers) scored with 8:21 left in regulation to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the RIT women's hockey team (1-1-0) to its first victory of the 2013-14 season, 3-2 at the University of New Hampshire (1-2-0) at the Whittlemore Center on Friday evening.

Paton was the beneficiary of great cycling by Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury)and Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning) in the New Hampshire zone. Zach and Maugeri worked the puck behind the net. Maugeri took a shot that goaltender Jean Marie-Eve stopped, but Paton was there to slam in a rebound for her first tally of the season.

RIT's defense was stout over the final eight minutes, allowing very little in the way of quality scoring chances. The Tigers ended the game on the power-play.

Paton, Kourtney Kunichika (Fullerton, CA/LA Selects), and Cassie Clayton (Pickering, Ontario/PEAC School) scored for RIT. Clayton's goal was the first of her collegiate career. Heather Kashman and Nicole Gifford scored for the Wildcats.

RIT goaltender Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario/Mississauga Chiefs) was strong in net, stopping 30-of-32 shots to record her first win of the season. She stopped 25 shots over the first two periods. New Hampshire's Marie-Eve made 16 saves in defeat.

New Hampshire out-shot RIT 32-19, although the Tigers held an 11-5 edge over the final 20 minutes. RIT was 1-for-5 with the man-advantage, while New Hampshire was 1-for-4.

RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald was very happy with tonight's outcome.

"Once we got settled in the bigger (Olympic) ice sheet, we were very good," said McDonald. "Our defense did a great job containing them to the outside and limiting their grade A chances. Ali (Binnington) smothered everything in net and we capitalized on our chances. It was a great team effort, a great way to rebound after last weekend's rough start."

RIT scored two goals in a span of 1:45 midway through the first period to grab the quick 2-0 lead.

Kunichika recorded her first goal of the season 7:25 into the contest, corraling a loose puck behind the New Hampshire net and stuffing it over the goal line for her first tally of the season. The play was reviewed and it was determined that the puck went over the line.

Clayton potted her first collegiate goal just three seconds into a power-play 1:45 later to make it 2-0 Tigers.Dakota Waites (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair) won the draw and charged towards the New Hampshire net. She put a shot on goal that was stopped, but Clayton was right on the doorstep to slam in the rebound. The assist was Waites' first collegiate point.

Gifford got New Hampshire on the board with 2:56 left in the period. Kashman redirected a point shot from Jess Ryan 14:14 into the second period, on the power-play to even the game at 2-2.

It is RIT's first ever win over the Wildcats, who won the previous 13 meetings between the two schools. Tonight's contest was the first between the two schools since Dec. 3, 1994.

The Tigers are right back in action on Saturday with a tough road test at No. 10 Northeastern University. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m.

 

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