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Oct. 4, 2013
Burlington, Vt. Gutterson Fieldhouse Attendance: 435
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) notched three points and the Nittany Lion women's hockey team played to a 3-3 tie with Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night. Twice Penn State trailed and each time PSU responded with a tying goal.
Freshman Kelly Seward (Williamsville, N.Y.) scored the game's opening goal and Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tied things up at two in the third period. Senior goaltender Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) was spectacular in net making 35 saves to keep the dangerous Catamounts in check.
"What an entertaining game from both sides," Head coach Josh Brandwene said. "I liked our pace and how well we bounced back. It was a very gritty effort to come back late in the third period. I'm proud of this team."
In a game that was defined by power plays, namely 10 in the first two periods (seven by Vermont alone), Penn State (0-0-1) struck first. Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) won the faceoff to Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.) who fired a shot on net and it bounced past Roxanne Douville and sat in the crease. Seward rushed in on the melee and put away her first collegiate goal as Penn State took a 1-0 lead 13:32 into the second period.
The lead was Penn State's third straight against Vermont (0-0-1) at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Lions beat UVM last season in the inaugural opener for the program, 5-3, and lead 1-0 the following day.
The Nittany Lions controlled most of the second period, holding a 5-1 lead in shots through 14 minutes of the frame and looked to pad the lead. Eventually,
Penn State's mistakes defensively caught up, however, as the Nittany Lions spent most of the remaining second period time down a player. In fact, following back-to-back minor penalties, UVM decided to pull Douville and go on a 6-on-3 power play with an empty net. Nevertheless, Paniccia stood tall, turning aside two Catamount efforts and ultimately Penn State forced Vermont to go scoreless in its first seven power-play opportunities.
The Catamounts would eventually cash in as Brittany Zuback sent a cross-ice pass to freshman Victoria Andreakos and she beat Paniccia stick side to knot the score at one with 34.8 seconds remaining. Ashley Salerno was also credited with an assist.
Vermont took the lead nearly three minutes into the third period as Amanda Pelkey rushed in on Paniccia and lofted a backhanded effort for the 2-1 lead. Zuback and Andreakos were in on the assists for Pelkey's tally.
Penn State wasted little time in responding as Yoxheimer fired in from the left wing for Gross in the slot as she sent it home for a 2-2 deadlock. Freshman Sarah Nielsen (Edina, Minn.) was credited with an assist on the play on a pass to Yoxheimer.
The eighth PSU penalty of the night was the one that finally did it for the Lions as Zuback cashed in on a power play goal with a pass across the crease from Pelkey with four minutes left.
Thirty seconds later Yoxheimer zoomed down the left wing and ripped a shot past Douville into the right-side netting to draw the game at three. Nielsen set the goal up with a feed from center ice, her second point in the game.
The overtime period featured more of the end-to-end action seen in the third period as Vermont out-shot Penn State 4-2. As the seconds ticked down, the puck was played down the left-side boards to a skating Yoxheimer, but she couldn't get a shot off before the horn as the game ended in a tie.
Vermont held a 38-21 advantage in shots and went 1-for-6 on the power play. The Nittany Lions were 1-for-5 on the power play. UVM held a 42-30 edge in faceoff wins as well. Sophomore Emily Laurenzi (Townsend, Del.) won a team-high eight faceoffs, while Nielsen won seven. Yoxheimer was 4-3 on the faceoff Friday night.
The two teams will cap the two-game series on Saturday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. opening faceoff. The Penn State-Vermont series now stands at 1-1-1.