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Jan. 28, 2014
(4-20-2, 1-11-0 CHA)
Hobey Baker Rink Princeton, N.J.
(10-8-2, 6-4-2 CHA)
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn State women's hockey team fell behind by two goals early and could never recover in a 6-1 loss to Princeton at Hobey Baker Rink Tuesday night.
Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.) scores PSU's lone goal in the first period in the final non-conference game for Penn State (4-20-2, 1-11-0 CHA), while Celine Whitlinger (Garden Grove, Calif.) made 29 saves in reserve.
Princeton (10-8-3, 6-6-2 ECAC) showed no signs of rust following a 17-day layoff, scoring twice in the game's first 7:21 on tallies by Denna Lang and Brianna Leahy.
Following a Penn State timeout, the Nittany Lions cut the Princeton lead in half on Petersen's second goal of the year, taking a Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) feed down the ice and beating goaltender Kimberly Newell (15 saves) 8:42 into the period. Starting goalie Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) made history on the play by earning an assist, Penn State's first point credited to a goaltender in program history.
The one-goal deficit continued for seven more minutes until Ali Pankowski notched a power-play tally with less than three minutes remaining in the frame. Leahy potted her second marker with just 89 seconds left in the period for a 4-1 lead that the Tigers would take into the locker room.
In the second period, Paniccia gave way to Whitlinger as the sophomore shot-stopper made save on the first 19 shots she saw before Sally Butler scored with just 24 seconds remaining in the period and 22 seconds left on a power play. The final score line was established on Butler's second goal of the night just 4:11 into the third stanza.
Penn State was once again solid at the faceoff dot as Princeton earned a 30-29 advantage. Laura Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.) led the Nittany Lions with a 12-9 record and four shots. Defender Jeanette Bateman (Greeley, Colo.) had a team-high three blocks for the evening.
The Nittany Lions have a short turnaround before hosting College Hockey America foe RIT for a two-game set at Pegula Ice Arena Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.).
Saturday's contest is Penn State's annual Skate for the Cure, a game where PSU will wear pink jerseys and auction items to benefit Pink Zone and THON. Admission to Saturday's game is free to all and fans are encouraged to wear pink to Pegula Ice Arena. Following the game, fans are invited to skate with the Nittany Lions for a free session along with free skate rentals.