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Oct. 5, 2013
Burlington, Vt. Gutterson Fieldhouse Attendance: 760
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Penn State women's hockey team scored three of the game's final four goals to defeat Vermont, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) tallied a game-high three points on a goal and two excellent assists, while freshman Laura Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.) scored her first two collegiate goals. Hoenshell was a game-high plus-four, while Bowman and fellow linemate Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.) carded plus-three ratings.
Sophomore goaltender Celine Whitlinger (Garden Grove, Calif.) saved 37 Catamount shots as Penn State went 1-0-1 in its season-opening series. The Nittany Lions improved to 2-1-1 all-time against Vermont (0-1-1).
"Terrific team effort today," Head coach Josh Brandwene said. "We did a great job bouncing back a number of times early and showed good poise in the third period. I'm very pleased with the improvements we made and looking forward to more continued progress from this team."
The Nittany Lions found themselves down for the second time this weekend as Gina Repaci put away a loose puck 6:51 into the first period for Vermont. Nearly five minutes later, freshman defender Kelly Seward (Williamsville, N.Y.) ripped her second goal of the weekend past Roxanne Douville from the point, which was assisted by Petersen at 11:49 in the first.
The Nittany Lions took the lead 12 seconds later on Bowman's first collegiate goal. Hoenshell received a pass from Lindsay Reihl (Cheshire, Conn.) on the left wing. Hoenshell slid the puck across the ice to Bowman who was sitting on the right post for the 2-1 lead.
Following coincidental penalties, UVM's Dayna Colang knotted the score at two 3:48 into the second period. Hoenshell answered just six seconds later on the ensuing faceoff taken by Sarah Nielsen (Edina, Minn.). Honehsell dashed through the Catamount defense and beat Douville for PSU's 3-2 lead. The goal was the fastest answer by Penn State in program history.
Hoenshell's magic continued later in the second with 2:44 left as she dipped through the UVM defense to her right and threw a pass in front of the net to Bowman as the freshman bashed the puck home and PSU owned a 4-2 lead. Petersen earned an assist on the play as well.
Penn State scored three or more goals in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 4-5 against Chatham (10-0, 4-0). That was also the last weekend PSU ended a weekend unscathed in the loss column.
For the sophomore netminder, Whitlinger earned her second collegiate victory, her last coming in that series against Chatham. Whitlinger's save percentage was .949 for the game and stopped the final 22 Vermont attempts.
The Nittany Lions return to the ice next week at Quinnipiac, site of the 2014 Women's Frozen Four in Hamden Conn. The series kicks off with a 7 p.m. faceoff on Friday, Oct. 11, while the conclusion of the series takes place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.