Nittany Lions Drop 3-2 OT Game at Syracuse
Jan. 24, 2014
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - For the third straight game the Penn State women's hockey team needed an extra frame to settle the score and on Friday night, it was Syracuse that came out on top, 3-2, at Tennity Ice Pavilion.
Despite being out-shot 47-24, the Nittany Lions (4-18-2, 1-10-0 CHA) forced overtime in comeback fashion, using second-period goals by Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) and Laura Browman (Minnetonka, Minn.). Sophomore netminder Celine Whitlinger saved 44 shots.
Following a scoreless opening stanza, Syracuse (13-9-2, 5-4-2 CHA) scored back-to-back tallies in the first 5:13 of the second period. Melissa Piacentini scored a power-play goal 41 seconds into the frame before Nicole Renault notched an unassisted tally at 5:13 for a 2-0 lead.
Penn State fought back exactly three minutes later as Bowman and Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) combined efforts to find Hoenshell as the sophomore bagged her second goal in as many games to cut the lead in half. Hoenshell's fourth goal of the year gives her 12 points on the season, one behind Yoxheimer's 13.
With just three minutes remaining in the period, Penn State's relentless attack cashed in on the tying goal by using the Minnetonka connection of Bowman and Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.). Bowman's tally gives her seven for the season, tied for the team lead, while Petersen's eighth helper of the year moves her into a three-way tie for first on the team in that category with Yoxheimer and Hoenshell.
The Nittany Lions matched the Orange offense in shots with each team recording 11 in the second period.
The momentum shifted Syracuse's way as the Orange looked for the game-winner, but Whitlinger stood tall by stopping 19 shots.
In overtime, Hoenshell nearly scored her second overtime game-winner in a row as she weaved around the Syracuse defense, but her back-hander was stopped by Jenesica Drinkwater (22 saves). Penn State is 1-3-2 this season in overtime.
Down the other way, Piacentini capped her two-goal night with a slap shot from the right wing to give the Orange the 3-2 victory. Syracuse is 7-0-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions; however, four of the last five meetings have been decided by a single goal including the last two games decided in overtime.
Syracuse was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Penn State went 0-for-3. The Nittany Lions blocked 19 shots in all with Jeanette Bateman (Greeley, Colo.) stopping a team-high four, while Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.) had three blocks. Penn State featured a makeshift defense with Kendra Rasmussen (Sartell, Minn.), typically a forward, making her first appearance on defense.
Faceoffs were evenly matched with Syracuse holding a 26-25 edge. Center Emily Laurenzi (Townsend, Del.) went 11-3 on the night.
The two teams rematch Saturday at 2 p.m. in Tennity Ice Pavilion.