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Jill Holdcroft (left) assisted Micayla Catanzariti's goal on Sunday.
Nov. 11, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's hockey team fought valiantly against defending CHA Tournament champion Robert Morris on Sunday, but fell 4-1 at Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Micayla Catanzariti (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) scored her third goal of the season from Birdie Shaw (Troy, Mich.) and Jill Holdcroft (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.) to pace the Nittany Lion offense.
Down 3-0 midway through the third period, Penn State (4-7-1, 0-5-1 CHA) picked up momentum against the high-powered Colonials (5-2-1, 2-0-0 CHA). Holdcroft raced down the left wing and fired a shot, which was saved and came to Shaw, whose shot was also saved by RMU goaltender Delayne Brian (19 saves). Catanzariti cleaned up the loose puck and snuck it by Brian with 6:19 to go.
Just 30 seconds later, Penn State crashed the net again, this time it was Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) who let a shot off from the left wing and was stopped by Brian. The rebound came to the stick of Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and in the scramble, Brian was somehow able to keep the puck out of the net and preserve the two-goal advantage for the Colonials.
Robert Morris called a timeout after the Gross shot, but the Nittany Lion offense looked to score again and just eight seconds later, Jennifer Kindret took an interference minor penalty, which put Penn State on the power play. The Lions pulled goaltender Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) for the 6-on-4 advantage and managed some good looks on net, but the Colonial defense was strong, blocking all the opportunities before reaching Brian. After the penalty expired, Jamie Joslin scored an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left for the final 4-1 advantage.
Robert Morris controlled the opening period by outscoring Penn State 3-0, similar to the start encountered on Saturday when the Colonials went up 4-0. RMU was paced by Dayna Newsom with a short-handed effort just two minutes into the contest before Rebecca Vint tallied her sixth goal of the weekend 11 minutes later. Cobina Delaney made it 3-0 with 3:10 remaining in the period as RMU out-shot Penn State 14-6.
The second period was very much one-sided as RMU held a 19-2 shot margin. Nevertheless, the Penn State defense stood tall and Paniccia was a force in net. She pushed aside all 19 RMU attempts as the Nittany Lions held the Colonials scoreless for the first time in the series. That set up the exciting third period, where Robert Morris out-shot Penn State 20-12, but PSU had plenty of opportunities to score.
Yoxheimer led the Penn State offense with seven shots, but unfortunately saw her goal-scoring streak come to an end at seven games. RMU was the first team since Syracuse (Oct. 14) to hold Yoxheimer scoreless. Paniccia made 49 saves on Sunday, her seventh 30-plus save effort of the year.
Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play as RMU had 15 shots, while PSU had three. The Colonials went 37-20 in faceoffs with Vint going 15-5. PSU's Holdcroft and Emily Laurenzi (Townsend, Del.) went 5-4 each and Yoxheimer was 4-1.
Penn State just concluded a six-game home stand going 2-3-1 and will set off for the first CHA road trip of the season at Lindenwood. The Nittany Lions will hit the ice for an 8 p.m. ET faceoff at Lindenwood Ice Arena on Friday, Nov. 16 before the two-game series concludes on Saturday, Nov. 17 game at 3 p.m. ET.
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