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Jan. 29, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Nittany Lion women's hockey team hosts RIT Friday (7 PM) and Saturday (2 PM) for a crucial two-game series at Pegula Ice Arena. Saturday's contest is Skate for the Cure as Penn State pinks out Pegula with donations from a silent auction being donated to the WBCA Pink Zone and THON. Admission is free to the event with a free post-game skate.
|PENN STATE (4-20-2, 1-11-0 CHA) vs. RIT (12-12-4, 7-4-1 CHA)|
|Games 27-28: Jan. 31-Feb, 1, 2014 Pegula Ice Arena University Park, Pa.|
|VENUE||Pegula Ice Arena (5,782)|
|FRIDAY COVERAGE||BTN.com ($) | Live Stats|
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|LAST MEETING||Nov. 16, 2013; RIT 3-2 (Rochester, N.Y.)|
|NEXT TIME OUT||Feb. 8-9 vs. Lindenwood|
Fans can purchase season single-game tickets for $5 at the Pegula Ice Arena ticket office located near Gate A for Friday's contest. Saturday's game is FREE. All Penn State students gain free entry with valid ID and can sit in the Roar Zone. Men's hockey premium season ticket holders gain complimentary admission as well. Seating will be general admission on the north side of the building behind the team benches in sections 108-112.
PROMOTIONS & PARKING
Saturday: Admission is FREE to Saturday's game and fans are encouraged to wear pink! Help pink out Pegula for Skate for the Cure and raise money to benefit THON and Pink Zone! There will be a silent auction near the main entrance and a FREE post-game skate with the team following the contest. Free skate rentals will be provided.
Free parking for Penn State women's hockey games is free in certain lots around Pegula Ice Arena including Shields & Wagner Yellow Lots H as well as Orange Lot F near Holuba Hall and East Area Locker Room. Fans are advised of Friday's JAY Z concert at the Bryce Jordan Center and to inform the parking attendant of which event they're attending for free parking.
The Limited Bag Policy is in effect for these contests. Contents brought to the game must be in a clear, gallon-sized bag or a jacket.
Penn State returns to Pegula Ice Arena when RIT visits for the first time
PSU hosts Skate for the Cure Saturday afternoon to benefit Pink Zone & THON
The Nittany Lions look for their first win over the Tigers
PSU has dropped its past three and eight of its last nine games
Penn State freshmen & sophomores have tallied 60 of team's 77 points
RIT has won three of four games including a two-game home sweep of Lindenwood
SKATE FOR THE CURE GAME
Penn State's Feb. 1 game against RIT will be the second annual Skate for the Cure. The event where fans are encouraged to wear pink to the rink will feature auctions and donations to benefit Pink Zone and THON. The Nittany Lions have been raising money throughout the year with online auctions of its pink jerseys to be worn against RIT. A second set of jerseys are available through Feb. 3 with more items available at Pegula Ice Arena. Following the game, fans are invited to join the Nittany Lions on the ice for a free skate.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
RIT (12-12-2, 7-4-1 CHA) enters this weekend as the CHA's third-place team following a two-game sweep of Lindenwood, 4-3 and 2-0, in Rochester last weekend. That comes on the heels of a split with Syracuse (4-3 win, 5-4 OT loss) as the Tigers are 3-2-1 in the new year. All of RIT's losses & ties went to overtime in 2014.
The Tigers are riding the scoring of Kolbee McCrea who leads the team in goals (13) and tied for first in points (21) with Melissa Maugeri (8g, 13a). Erin Zach features on that top-line attack with her four goals and 13 assists. Kourtney Kunichika is second on the team with seven goals, tied with Celeste Brown for second on the squad. In the goal, Ali Binnington (9-8-2) leads the team in every major category including games played (19), minutes (1097:25), GAA (2.08), save percentage (.931) and shutouts (4).
SERIES HISTORY vs. RIT
All-Time Series: RIT leads 7-0-1
PSU Streak: 6 losses
First Meeting: 10/25/12, RIT 4-1
Last Meeting: 11/16/13, RIT 3-2
Last PSU Win: n/a
Last RIT Win: 11/16/13, 3-2
Last Tie: 10/26/12, 2-2
Largest PSU Win: n/a
Largest RIT Win: 4-0, 2/16/12
LAST FOUR MEETINGS vs. RIT
11/16/13: L, 2-3 -- A
11/15/13: L, 1-2 -- A
3/2/13: L, 2-3 (OT) -- A
3/1/13: L, 0-1 -- A
The last four meetings between the two teams have been decided by just a single goal. Friday's visit to Pegula Ice Arena is the first for RIT. In fact, Friday's contest will be the first in seven meetings between the two teams to take place in Happy Valley with six-straight games played at Ritter Arena in Rochester. RIT is Penn State's most-played opponent following this weekend with 10 games against each other as the squads met in last year's CHA First Round series. Coincidentally, if the playoffs began today PSU would travel to RIT for the second straight season. The Tigers lead Syracuse by a point for third place with eight games to play.
NITTANY LIONS FALL AT PRINCETON
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 (Jan. 28). Amy Petersen scored PSU's lone goal in the first period in the final non-conference game for Penn State, while Celine Whitlinger made 29 saves in reserve. Starter Nicole Paniccia tallied Penn State's first goaltender point by assisting Petersen's first-period goal, which briefly cut the Princeton lead in half at 2-1. The Tigers went on to hold a 4-1 lead after a period and tack on a goal in each the second and third periods for the final 6-1 score.
YOUTH SUPPLIES THE OFFENSE
The addition of four freshmen: Laura Bowman, Amy Petersen, Sarah Nielsen and Kelly Seward have injected an instant bump in scoring production with 24 of the team's 85 points. To prove the youth of the team, 67 of the team's 85 points (78.8%) have been collectively tallied by freshmen and sophomores. Nine of the team's top 10 point scorers are underclassmen.
PICK YOUR POISON
Penn State has had the fortune of multiple contributors on the offensive end. Eleven Nittany Lions have scored a goal this season, while 18 have registered a point. Shannon Yoxheimer leads the team with 12 points, while Taylor Gross and Hannah Hoenshell each have 11 points. Laura Bowman and Amy Petersen have nine points each.
IN THE THICK OF THINGS
Penn State's record of 7-26-2 last season is a little deceiving when considering how close the Nittany Lions were in many of their losses. In fact, 12 of the 26 losses were decided by two goals or less. This year, eight of 20 losses are by a goal and Penn State is 2-8-2 in games decided by one goal or less. PSU is 3-14-3 all-time in games decided by less than a goal.
NEXT TIME OUT
Penn State continues its home stretch with a two-game matinee series against Lindenwood Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 8-9. Both contests kick off at Noon for Lindenwood's first visit to Pegula Ice Arena.