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In Game Blog: Women's Hockey vs. Chatham

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome back to in-game coverage of 2012-13 Nittany Lions women's hockey season.  Insight and reaction will be provided by throughout the game, so check back often as the action unfolds.

Take a look back at Penn State's 10-0 victory over Chatham in their first game of the 2013 calendar year. The Nittany Lions posted their second shutout of the year and scored ten goals for the first time in program history to improve to 6-12-1 on the year.

Today's Game in 140 Characters: Lions return home 4 1st time n 54 days 2 face D-III Chatham...can't show rust from 26 day break...score early & continue 2 build foundation

Leading Lines (Starting lineups)
Nittany Lions -
LW- Yoxheimer, C- Desorcie, RW- Gross, D- Pardoski, D- Wilkie, GK- Paniccia
Cougars - LW- Becer, C- Blakley, RW- Bronk, D- Maier, D- Yoisten, GK- Buchanan

1st Period: 14:06 - Penn State 0, Chatham 0
Penn State goes on the power play for the first time tonight and have spent a good chunk of the first six minutes of the game in the Chatham zone. Micayla Catanzariti has had the two best scoring chances for the Blue and White, with Buchanan making saves on both attempts. Catanzariti took a wraparound pass from Gross that was padded away by Buchanan and a nice give-and-go with Birdie Shaw ended with a glove save from the Chatham keeper.

1st Period: 11:17 - Penn State 1, Chatham 0
Some nice work on the power play led to the first goal of the game for Penn State. Jess Desorcie had taken two shots from the left wing on the second player advantage of the game for PSU, but the third time she brought the stick back it led to a pass to Yoxheimer as the Chatham defense swarmed to block the shot attempt. Yoxheimer took the pass on the glove side of Buchanan and placed a wrist shot into the upper-90 of the near post to give the Nittany Lions the lead.

1st Period: 7:14 - Penn State 3, Chatham 0
Two goals in less than 30 seconds pushed the Nittany Lion cushion to 3-0. After Nicole Paniccia made her third save of the game - first since the 18:00 mark - with 7:52 to play, the Nittany Lions corralled the rebound and raced to the opposite end of the ice. Desorcie was on the point and found Yoxheimer with a perfect pass and the rookie buried her second marker of the game, 12th of the season, at 7:40. Then, with 7:16 left in the half, Hannah Hoenshell took a combination pass from Jeanette Bateman and Paige Jahnke for her sixth goal of the year.

1st Period: 6:12 - Penn State 4, Chatham 0
Just 62 seconds had passed since the Nittany Lions had last scored, but the offensive pressure returned when freshman Kern Darby headed towards the net and connected with the tape of teammate and fellow rookie Kendra Rasmussen for the fourth marker of the game for PSU. It was the first career points of Darby's career and the second goal of the season for Rasmussen.

1st Period: 2:54 - Penn State 5, Chatham 0
Sophomore Tess Weaver got into the scoring column on her own with less than three minutes to play in the opening frame. The leading scorer for the PSU club program last season, Weaver crashed in on Chatham's Buchanan and slipped a shot past the sophomore netminder for her first career Division I goal and is now the 14th Nittany Lion to score a goal this season. Paniccia continues to support her teammates, verbally, and has faced only six shots in the opening frame.

End of 1st Period - Penn State 5, Chatham 0
Five goals are the most scored by Penn State this season, besting their four goals in the second period vs. Sacred Heart on Dec. 3, and are a welcome site after tallying just four goals in their previous four games before the holiday break. Yoxheimer has her third multi-goal game of the season and is the second PSU player to tally two goals in one period, joining Shannon Yoxheimer who accomplished the feat in the first game of the season at Vermont. The power play goal was just the 11th of the year for Penn State, who had two chances with the advantage, and Paniccia has made six saves in net, which I have to believe is her lowest total in a period this season. Penn State has spent about 70 percent of the first 20 minutes in the Cougars zone, launching 26 shots.

2nd Period: 19:39 - Penn State 6, Chatham 0
Jill Holdcroft stole the puck from the Chatham defender and crashed the net quickly, sending a shot top-shelf over the glove of Buchanan for her sixth goal of the season and pushed the Nittany Lions out to a 6-0 lead. Holdcroft is the fifth goal scorer of the night for PSU, who is well on their way to setting a new school standard for goals in a game.

2nd Period: 12:06 - Penn State 7, Chatham 0
Now that the Nittany Lions are attacking on the half of the ice closest to me, I kind of feel like Chatham keeper Megan Buchanan as Penn State has unleashed three shots high and into the glass right in front of me. Buchanan has done a nice job, but turnovers and uncontested shots have really hurt Chatham, who is playing with just 15 players, according to their line chart. Jordin Pardoski netted her second goal of the season with a slapshot form the point that got through traffic and past Buchanan.

2nd Period: 5:25 - Penn State 8, Chatham 0
Rasmussen becomes the second multi-goal scorer of the game for PSU as she nets her second tally in as many periods to tie PSU's season-high for goals scored in a game with over a period left to play. After winning a faceoff, the Nittany Lions went on the attack again and Rasmussen took a combined assist from Catanzariti and Bateman.

2nd Period: 3:24 - Penn State 9, Chatham 0
It is starting to hit me that the Nittany Lions might be testing the words-per-minute skills of this blogger and my ice-cold fingers are starting to give in. Hoenshell lights the lamp with her second goal of the game and is now the third PSU player with two goals on the night. The rookie has scored the third and ninth goals for PSU and the Lions continue to apply pressure as I type this paragraph. The ninth goal of the night also marks the most goals scored by a Penn State team in school history.

End of 2nd Period - Penn State 9, Chatham 0
An ice arena is supposed to be cold, but I feel that Greenberg is sitting around minus-10 degrees right now. The Nittany Lions, however, have come out on fire offensively and controlled the pace and the puck for the majority of the first two halves. Celine Whitlinger made five saves in the second period, taking over of the duties in net for Paniccia, to record the second scoreless frame for the PSU defense. Thirteen players have recorded at least one point on the evening and seven players have produced multi-point games.

3rd Period: 9:50 - Penn State 9, Chatham 0
It has been the longest scoring drought of the night for the Nittany Lions, who have failed to light the lamp over the last 14 minutes of game action. They have had their chances, though, outshooting Chatham, 7-2, so far in the third period. Brooke Meyer has helped the Cougars off the board in the third period, taking over for Whitlinger in goal for the Blue and White. Penn State is still searching for the first 10-goal game in program history.

3rd Period: 2:08 - Penn State 10, Chatham 0
For the first time in program history the Nittany Lions have cracked double-digits in goals scored and it was Jenna Welsh that lit the lamp for the 10th time. A shot from the point was initially saved by Kaitlynn Smith - the new Chatham goalie - but Welsh poked the rebound home after Catanzariti had a shot of her own saved.

FINAL - Penn State 10, Chatham 0
Three Nittany Lions (6-12-1) combined for the second shutout of the season and 15 different players recorded points  on a historic night inside the Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Penn State broke the 10-goal barrier for the first time in program history, with six different players lighting the lamp, in their 10-0 victory over Chatham.

Hoenshell, Rasmussen and Yoxheimer all posted two-goal outings and eight different PSU players recorded multiple points versus Chatham. Pardoski was the No. 1 star of the game with a goal, two assists and she had a hand in the shutout as a member of the defensive. Bateman and Hoenshell joined Pardoski  with three points each against the Cougars, marking the third, fourth and fifth players to record three points this season for Penn State.

Penn State out-shot Chatham, 48-17, and notched their 11th power play goal of the season to open the scoring. The final nine goals of the contest came at even strength for PSU. Each team had two opportunities on the power play, but PSU continued their stout showing when shorthanded. The Lions have allowed just 22 goals in 83 power play opportiunities in 2012-13.

It was a great way to open the 2013 portion of the schedule and the Lions will host the Cougars on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in the final game of the series.


What To Look For:

- Penn State will return home for the first time in nearly two months when they host Division III Chatham in a two-game series starting on Friday, Jan. 3 and concluding on Saturday, Jan. 4. The Nittany Lions are 2-5-1 in games played in the Greenberg Ice Pavilion this season.

- Freshman netminder Celine Whitlinger's earned the College Hockey America Rookie of the Week honor after a career night at St. Lawrence on Friday, Dec. 7. Whitlinger is the second PSU players to earn CHA Rookie of the Week this season, joining Micayla Catanzariti (10/8), after making 45 saves vs. St. Lawrence in a 3-1 loss.

- Goalkeeper Nicole Paniccia leads College Hockey America in games played, games started, minutes played and saves, while ranking No. 20 in the NCAA in save percentage. The junior netminder has stops shots at a .917 clip, making 554 saves and allowing just 50 goals to account for her 3.48 goals against average. She is 5-9-1 overall in net with 15 starts.

- Freshman Shannon Yoxheimer leads the team and ranks sixth on the CHA in points with 20, while her 10 goals sit atop the team charts and third in College Hockey America. Yoxheimer is tied for No. 19 in the NCAA in game winning goals and her point total is the seventh highest in the country among rookies.

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