CHA Recap for 1/11/2014

Penn State 2, Colgate 1 [OT]

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nineteen hours after dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime game, the Nittany Lion women's hockey team returned fire in a 2-1 overtime win over Colgate on Saturday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena.

Sophomore forward Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) capped an impressive weekend of play by playing the part of hero, assisting the game-tying goal and notching the first overtime win in Penn State (4-17-2, 1-9-0 CHA) program history. Senior goaltender Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) was nearly perfect in net, stopping 39 Colgate (5-14-2, 2-8-0 ECAC) shots for her first victory of the season.

Down 1-0 after Taylor Volpe's third goal of the weekend midway through the second period, Penn State used a Hoenshell pass that deflected off Laura Bowman's (Minnetonka, Minn.) skate into the net to tie the score with 1:55 remaining in the frame.

Hoenshell collected a feed from Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.) on the left wing and fired to a rushing Bowman as the puck trickled past Raider goaltender Brittney Brooks. The goal was Bowman's sixth of the year, while Petersen and Hoenshell picked up assists No. 6 and 8 on the season.

The third period was a fairly even affair with Colgate earning a 10-7 edge in shots after owning the category 28-9 through the first two stanzas. In overtime, it was Petersen's defense that created Hoenshell's game-winning opportunity.

Petersen picked off a pass on the right-wing boards at the blue line and tossed the puck to her left as Hoenshell went one-on-one with a Raider defender. Hoenshell deftly handled the puck around the Colgate player and swung around Brooks for the game-winning goal, her third tally of the season.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak and a six-game winless stretch. Penn State's last victory was a 4-1 triumph at Lindenwood on Nov. 23. For Paniccia, she broke a 21-game winless drought dating back to a 10-0 win over Chatham Jan. 4, 2013.

In a fast and physical game where only one penalty was called (Colgate's Hannah Rastrick at 7:57 in the first period), Colgate maintained the pace of play by firing 28 of the game's first 37 shots. Volpe cashed in on a Taylor Craig feed 10:24 into the second period that slipped over Paniccia's shoulder.

Penn State was 0-for-1 on the power play and dominated the faceoff dot, 32-10. Bowman was 11-2, while Sarah Nielsen (Edina, Minn.) was 10-1, Emily Laurenzi (Townsend, Del.) 7-5, Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) 2-1 and Kendra Rasmussen (Sartell, Minn.) 2-1.

Defensively, the Nittany Lions limited Colgate's quality chances despite the shot disparity by blocking 16 attempts. Lindsay Reihl(Cheshire, Mich.), Stephanie Walkom (Moon Township, Pa.) and Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the charge with three blocks each, while Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Jenna Welch (Austin, Texas) and Kelly Seward (Williamsville, N.Y.) stopped two shots each.

The Nittany Lions are off next weekend before returning to College Hockey America play at Syracuse Jan. 24-25 before their final non-conference game at Princeton Jan. 28.

Courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications

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No. 3 Cornell 6, Mercyhurst 4

ERIE, Pa. – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team saw their unbeaten streak come to an end as the third-ranked Cornell beat Mercyhurst 6-4 on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Lakers fall to 14-6-3 overall on the season and suffered their second loss on home ice this season. Cornell improved to 13-1-3.

Midway through the first period is when the Big Red tallied their first goal of the contest. Taylor Woods finally found a way past junior goaltender Amanda Makela on a power-play goal at the 12:43 mark. Cornell's Jess Brown took the initial shot but it was Woods who picked up the rebound.

Sophomore Jaclyn Arbour answered back quickly with her third goal of the season to score the equalizer on an even-strength goal. Sophomore J'nai Mahadeo moved the puck through the neutral zone to sophomore Megan Whiddon who carried the puck towards Cornell's net. Whiddon attempted a shot at Big Red's goaltender Lauren Slebodnick who gave up a rebound for Arbour.

However three minutes later Cornell tallied two unanswered goals before the end of the opening period to take a 3-1 lead. Brown forced a turnover in the Lakers defensive end for her first goal of the season. Three minutes later, Jillian Saulnier scored another unassisted goal with a slap shot from the hash marks.

In the second, Mahadeo picked up her second assist of the night when sophomore Jenna Dingeldein shot at a wide open net behind Slebodnick at the 4:41 mark. SophomoreEmily Janiga also tabbed an assist when the Lakers narrowed the gap to a 3-2 contest.

The Big Red made the score 5-2 halfway through the second after two more Big Red unanswered goals. Cornell's leading scorer Emily Fulton extended the lead 4-2 followed by Brown's power-play goal at the 11:36 mark. After the two goals, sophomore Julia DiTondo got her chance in net against the Big Red for the remainder of the contest.

Just over a minute before the end of the second period, junior Molly Byrne took back the momentum to the Lakers bench after scoring her first goal of the season. Dingeldein added an assist after passing the puck to Mahadeo at the point. Mahadeo picked up her third assist of the contest after attempting a shot on net but Byrne was there for the rebound with another Mercyhurst back door goal at the 18:38 mark.

The Lakers trailed 5-3 heading into the third period and finally narrowed the Cornell lead to 5-4 at the 16:18 mark with the help of senior Christie Cicero. Cicero only had two shots on net throughout the contest but scored at the 16:18 mark to extend her point-streak to a career-high nine games. Sophomore Emily Janiga and senior Christine Bestland battled at the boards for the puck to allow Cicero to score her eleventh goal of the season.

Mercyhurst continued to hold onto the 5-4 score towards the end of the contest with the help from DiTondo. DiTondo made all 18 saves faced and 12 from the third period. Cornell also had two break-away opportunities from Saulnier and Brown but both were denied by DiTondo.

With two minutes left, the Lakers were sent to the penalty-box when Saulnier broke was taken down on her breakaway. Despite the extra attacker awarded to Cornell, the Lakers had no choice but to pull DiTondo with a little over a minute to play. Saulnier tallied the empty-net power-play goal at the 18:55 mark to seal the loss.

Mercyhurst pulled DiTondo again for the final minute of play, but the Lakers could not find a way past Sledobnick.

Makela suffered her sixth loss in net this season (12-6-3) after allowing five goals on 17 shots faced. DiTondo made 18 saves in the relief.

All told, Cornell outshot the Lakers 36 to 33 throughout all three periods. Cornell has 20 shots attempted on the power-play while Mercyhurst collected 13. Dingeldein and seniorKaleigh Chippy led the team in shots with five, while Janiga and sophomore Jaclyn Arbour collected four.

The Lakers will host ninth-ranked Robert Morris University on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively.

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications