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Feb. 6, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Nittany Lion women's hockey team welcomes College Hockey America foe Lindenwood to Pegula Ice Arena for a pair of Noon games Saturday and Sunday.
|PENN STATE (4-21-3, 1-12-1 CHA) vs. LINDENWOOD (3-21-2, 3-10-1 CHA)|
|Games 29-30: February 8-9, 2014 Pegula Ice Arena University Park, Pa.|
|VENUE||Pegula Ice Arena (5,782)|
|SATURDAY COVERAGE||Live Video ($) | Live Stats|
|SUNDAY COVERAGE||Live Video ($) | Live Stats|
|LAST MEETING||Nov. 23, 2013; PSU 4-1 (at LU)|
|NEXT TIME OUT||Feb. 15-16 vs. Mercyhurst|
Fans can purchase season single-game tickets for $5 at the Pegula Ice Arena ticket office located near Gate A for Friday's contest. 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.
Saturday: Fans are advised to park in the lots near Wagner and Shields building for free due to men's lacrosse and tennis, which are taking place south of Pegula Ice Arena. East Area parking deck located on Bigler Road off Curtin Road is also available for parking. Parking for Sunday's game will be the same as usual. 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 hosts Lindenwood at Pegula Ice Arena for the first time
The Nittany Lions look to even the series against Lindenwood
Penn State split its series with Lindenwood in Missouri (Nov. 2013)
PSU went 0-1-1 last weekend vs. RIT, including Saturday's game in front of 1,795
Nittany Lions' freshmen has scored 29.7 percent of the team's points
Penn State freshmen & sophomores have tallied 72 of team's 91 points
Lindenwood upset No. 8 Robert Morris on Saturday, breaking an eight-game skid
RECORD CROWD PACKS PEGULA
Penn State's Feb. 1 game against RIT was the second annual Skate for the Cure, which proved to a huge success. A crowd of 1,795, a record for a women's game at Pegula Ice Arena, saw the Nittany Lions and Tigers take the ice. Penn State donned specially made pink jerseys, which were auctioned off, while RIT sported pink tape on its sticks and socks. The program raised over $6,000 in donations, which will benefit THON and Pink Zone.
LAST TIME OUT
Penn State fought with third-place RIT in a tightly-contested College Hockey America contest, finishing in a 2-2 deadlock Friday night (Jan. 31) at Pegula Ice Arena. Celine Whitlinger was the star of the game with 34 saves, while Shannon Yoxheimer and Amy Petersen scored for the Nittany Lions to stake a 2-1 second-period lead. The tie was just the second point for Penn State vs. RIT.
On Saturday (Feb. 1), Laura Bowman would put Penn State up 1-0 with just 13 seconds left in the first period, but RIT would score the final three goals of the game to win, 3-1. Nicole Paniccia had 47 saves in net for the Nittany Lions.
Lindenwood (3-21-2, 3-10-1 CHA) is coming off a 4-2 upset of No. 8 Robert Morris last weekend for a series split. The night before, RMU beat Lindenwood 6-1, which was LU's sixth straight loss.
Forward Kendra Broad leads the team in scoring with six goals and eight assists, while Lyndsay Kirkham has four goals and seven assists. Jocelyn Slattery, Katie Erickson and Alyssa West have each posted five goals this year. In net, Nicole Hensley is Lindenwood's rock in net, posting a .917 save percentage and is closing in on 1,000 saves for the second straight year as she has 907.
SERIES HISTORY vs. LINDENWOOD
All-Time Series: LU leads 3-2-1
PSU Streak: 1 win
First Meeting: 11/16/12, LU 5-1
Last Meeting: 11/23/13, PSU 4-1
Last PSU Win: 11/23/13, 4-1
Last LU Win: 11/22/13, 2-1
Last Tie: 2/9/13, 3-3
Largest PSU Win: 4-1, 11/23/13
Largest LU Win: 5-1, 11/16/12
LAST FOUR MEETINGS vs. LU
11/23/13: W, 4-1 - A
11/22/13: L, 1-2 - A
2/9/13: T, 3-3 (OT) - H
2/8/13: L, 1-3 - H
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 14 points, while Taylor Gross has 13. Hannah Hoenshell and Laura Bowman each have 12 points. Amy Petersen closes out the double-digit point scorers with 11.
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 27 of the team's 91 points (29.7%). To prove the youth of the team, 72 of the team's 91 points (79.1%) have been collectively tallied by freshmen and sophomores. Nine of the team's top 10 point scorers are underclassmen.
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 21 losses are by a goal and Penn State is 2-8-3 in games decided by one goal or less. PSU is 3-14-4 all-time in games decided by less than a goal.
NEXT TIME OUT
Penn State finishes its home schedule with a two-game series against No. 10 Mercyhurst Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 15-16). Saturday's game is set for 8 p.m. following the men's game at 3:30 p.m., while Sunday's season finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday will honor Penn State's senior class.