By Tom Shively, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Three weeks ago, when asked about her
personal goals, senior Laura Bowman talked about wanting to make it to 100
points. In the third period of Saturday's game, that became a reality as Bowman
tallied her most significant point on an assist to Amy Peterson.
two assists in the game and is the first player in Penn State history to cross
the century mark in points.
when it happened, I didn't realize it," Bowman said. "I knew I hit 99, but then
when I hit the 100 I kind of forgot about it. Amy had such a great shot. I just
threw it in front of the net and she bounced it off the post and in. I was just
so happy that we were getting closer and closer to them."
Bowman's achievement, the Lions came up just a little short, losing a
hard-fought 4-3 decision to the Mercyhurst Lakers. Bowman remained positive
after the game, keeping her mind focused on the road ahead.
lot of hockey left, I think this team only has up to look. I think we're going
to do some great things later this season and I'm going to expect some big
things from everyone else too," she said.
didn't come without drama, as the Nittany Lions erased a two-goal deficit early
in the game and had multiple quality chances to tie the score in the third
about seven minutes remaining, Bowman found Petersen on a centering pass to the
weak side which led to a wide open shot on net that was thwarted by the glove
of the Mercyhurst goalie at full extension. Not long after, a shot from the
point clanked off the goalpost, one of several Penn State shots that drew iron
throughout the game.
game-changers," interim coach Dean Jackson said. "I think today we hit four or five
posts. Give the goalie credit [on Peterson shot], she made a terrific save. Amy
got a lot of wood on it and it was a rocket to the weak side. Those ones sting.
You feel as if you've got it and then you just feel like you literally got
robbed. But we kept going and that's excited. We didn't fold and we kept
frustrating, but it's also good to see that we're getting chances and pucks on
net and really testing the goalie," Bowman said. "Yesterday, we weren't really
getting that many chances, but today seeing those was really helpful. I think
that our team is resilient enough to be able to handle that."
resiliency was present at Pegula Ice Arena in the stands, as the annual Skate
for the Cure game not only helped raise funds, but also recognize some of the
breast cancer survivors in the crowd. The largest crowd of the season (990)
welcomed the survivors with a loud ovation and made the entire afternoon very
always great, I love our pink game," Bowman said. "We always have such a great
crowd and it's awesome to see everyone support such a great cause and we really
love skating for a great cause in front of that many people."
fantastic," Jackson said. "I've only been here since the beginning of the
season but that was definitely the largest crowd that I've seen. You could see
the enthusiasm that they had so it was really nice to see them engaged and
also served as the final postgame skate opportunity, giving the large crowd a
chance to interact with some of the players while having some fun.
could not be said for Friday night's game, as the Nittany Lions fell in a 6-0
defeat in the first game of the series.
the prettiest of games for 60 minutes," Jackson said. "Certainly a
penalty-filled game and when that happens, there's no flow to the game. It's
tough to build any type of momentum."
penalties in total were called on Penn State, equating to an entire period of
playing with a man down.
to move our feet, we've got to be in the right positions," Jackson said. "We've
got to anticipate the plays. When we get caught out of position and don't move
our feet, that's when the sticks come out for the hooks and trips and
Lions are off next weekend before starting a four-game road trip consisting of
visits to Lindenwood and Robert Morris in back-to-back weeks.
it's time for the Nittany Lions to keep looking forward.
always difficult to walk away from a weekend 0-2," Jackson said. "I think
yesterday we definitely didn't deserve that, but I think today we played well
enough to be on the other side of the column. There are certainly some things
we need to clean up and I'm really looking forward to tackling Monday."