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Feb. 6, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State women's hockey meets Lindenwood in a pair of afternoon matinees on Friday and Saturday as the team wraps up its home schedule at Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Both games will begin at 2 p.m. and stream live on AmericaOneSports.com with live stats on GoPSUsports.com's GameTracker.
Friday: Penn State hosts Skate for the Cure with silent auctions of PSU athletic gear benefitting the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Friday is Pink Day as fans are encouraged to wear pink and the auctions will run throughout the game in the lobby of Greenberg Ice Pavilion.
Saturday: Penn State celebrates Alumni Weekend and Senior Day. It's also the last women's hockey game at Greenberg Ice Pavilion as the Nittany Lions open $90 million Pegula Ice Arena in September.
ADMISSION & PARKING
UPDATE: All Penn State women's hockey games are free to attend. Fans attending Friday's game can park for free in the Orange H Lot off University Drive and Hastings Drive. Penn state will provide a FREE shuttle from the Orange H Lot to the Greenberg Ice Pavilion.
For Saturday's game, fans are able to park for free in the surrounding Orange Lots C, F or G all day. These lots are permit-based and are subject to ticketing Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking is prohibited in the Nittany Apartments lots and there will not be shuttle service from Orange Lot H.
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (7-19-1, 1-12-1 CHA) vs. LINDENWOOD LIONS (3-23-2, 3-9-2 CHA)
Games 28-29: Feb. 8-9, 2013 // 2 p.m. & 2 p.m. // Greenberg Ice Pavilion // University Park, Pa.
VENUE: Greenberg Ice Pavilion (1,300)
STREAMING COVERAGE: AmericaOneSports.com
SERIES RECORD: 1-1-0
LAST MEETING: 11/17/12, Penn State 3-2
NEXT SERIES: Feb. 15-16 at RIT
Penn State hosts Lindenwood in its home finale this weekend
Nittany Lions dropped hard-fought games to No. 7 Mercyhurst last weekend
Penn State celebrates Skate for the Cure this weekend
Lindenwood took three of four points last week vs. RIT
Penn State and Lindenwood split a series on Nov. 16-17 in Missouri
Celine Whitlinger has saved 246 of last 258 shots she has faced
Kate Christoffersen will be honored for Senior Day on Saturday
SKATE FOR THE CURE
Penn State women's hockey is hosting Skate for the Cure this weekend, College Hockey America's initiative to raise money for local charities of its member schools. The funds women's hockey raises this weekend will benefit the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Cancer Institute.
The Nittany Lions will be auctioning off several items from the athletic community including signed baseball helmets, lacrosse gear and much more. Along with the silent auctions, Penn State will wear pink bands, accessories and t-shirts on Friday afternoon. Fans are encouraged to wear pink this weekend as well.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Last weekend, Lindenwood (3-23-2, 3-9-2 CHA) had its most successful weekend as an NCAA Division I program, taking three of four points in a home series with RIT. The Lions and Tigers skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday before a wild Saturday game yielded a 4-3 win for the Lions. RIT came back from a two-goal deficit to the game with 54 seconds remaining before Lindenwood got the game winner from leading scorer Alison Wickenheiser with seven seconds left.
Wickenheiser has a team-high nine goals and 17 points, while a quintet of Lions have double-digit points in Kendra Broad (13), Allysson Arcibal (12), Lyndsay Kirkham (12), Alyssa West (12) and Chelsea Witwicke (11).
In net the reigning CHA Rookie of the Week Nicole Hensley is Lindenwood's top goaltender. Hensley has a conference-high 767 saves and a 3-14-2 record. On the season, Hensley owns a 4.06 GAA and .910 save percentage. Backup Taylor Fairchild has a 6.17 GAA, .867 save percentage and a 0-9-0 record in 11 appearances.
The Nittany Lions and Lindenwood split their first NCAA meetings in Wentzville, Mo. on Nov. 16-17. Lindenwood took the opener, 5-1, dominating the game from beginning to end with a 37-16 edge in shots. Nicole Hensley made 15 saves, while Jill Holdcroft tallied PSU's only goal. Allysson Arcibal scored twice for Lindenwood.
The next day was a different story as a tight battle saw Lindenwood go up twice, once in the first period and again in the third period. Nevertheless, Taylor Gross scored 36 seconds after Lindenwood's second go-ahead goal to tie the game and Emily Laurenzi's power-play goal with 5:50 left gave PSU its first CHA victory. Shannon Yoxheimer had two assists and Nicole Paniccia made 28 saves for PSU, who out-shot LU 33-30.
Penn State women's hockey will celebrate Senior Day by honoring Kate Christoffersen in PSU's final home game on Saturday. Christoffersen was one of eight members of Penn State's ACHA team to be a part of the varsity side this year. Fellow classmate Lindsay Reihl is expected to return next year for the Nittany Lions.
As is expected with a brand new varsity program, there are many freshmen on the team--17 in all. All 17 freshmen have made an appearance on the ice this season and have accounted for 75.9% of the goals scored (44 of 58).
WHITLINGER'S NET DOMINANCE
Celine Whitlinger has been most impressive for the Nittany Lions over the last two-plus months. Since Nov. 30, Whitlinger has made five starts and seven total appearances, playing 328:51. During that time, she has a 2.19 GAA, a .953 save percentage and a CHA Rookie of the Week honor from December. The freshman netminder has saved over 40 shots on four occasions including back-to-back 50-plus save performances against the two best CHA teams Syracuse (51) and Mercyhurst (59). In all, Whitlinger has allowed just 12 goals against 258 shots on net to aid the Penn State effort.
PENN STATE FIGHTS, FALLS TO LAKERS
A pair of valiant efforts weren't enough to upset the No. 7 Mercyhurst Lakers this past weekend (Feb. 1-2), falling 5-2 and 4-1. Penn State's three-goal deficit on Friday was too great to overcome, but PSU matched Mercyhurst 2-2 over the course of 56 minutes between the second period of Friday and Saturday's game. Celine Whitlinger was outstanding in net on Friday night, making a career-high 59 saves o keep the Lions in it. Hannah Hoenshell beat MU's goaltender with a nifty move and Jordin Pardoski netted a power-play goal off a Laker skate.
On Saturday, Nicole Paniccia was tasked with stopping the Mercyhurst onslaught and saved 46 of 50 shots. Jill Holdcroft's late third period goal on the power play ended the shutout and PSU dropped the season series 0-4-0 to the CHA leaders.
The rest of the game notes can be found in the PDF document.
PEGULA ICE ARENA ON SCHEDULE
Pegula Ice Arena, a $90 million state-of-the-art facility, will serve as the home of the Penn State hockey programs in 2012-13. As of Jan. 10, 2013, all the steel has been put in place for the project with installation of glass and some brick on the outside. Additionally, portions of the center-hung scoreboard have been assembled.
The building held its official topping off ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Construction is set to conclude in time for the 2012-13 season as the building will open Sept. 5, 2013.
Pegula Ice Arena Video Tour
For more information on Pegula Ice Arena, visit page 12 of the game notes.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Nittany Lions return to the road for a two-game series at RIT on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16 for a pair of 7 p.m. faceoffs.