While the men’s hockey club had the weekend off, the women’s team faced off against a winless Lindenwood team. The women played two games in Saint Charles, Missouri – one on Friday night and the second Saturday afternoon – and split their series against a tough Lindenwood team.
Game one for the women came on Friday night where they were handed their eighth loss this year by a score of 5-1. Jill Holdcroft scored Penn State’s only goal of the game, which came on the power play to tie the game at one each in the first period. However, Lindenwood took the lead early in the second and then never looked back. The 5-1 win for Lindenwood was their first win this season and their first CHA win as well. Nicole Paniccia was in goal for the Nittany Lions, as per usual, and saved 32 out of 37 shots for the night. On the reverse side, Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley had a relatively easy game as she saw only 16 shots from the Nittany Lions through three periods.
Saturday afternoon’s game had a much different look to it as Penn State came out and won 3-2 in an explosive comeback effort. The win for the Nittany Lions was their first CHA win this season and also halted their three game losing streak. Jill Holdcroft, Taylor Gross, and Emily Laurenzi each scored a goal in the win on Saturday afternoon and Shannon Yoxheimer had 2 assists to round out the day. The women were down early in the first but Holdcroft’s goal – her second for the weekend and second on the power play – tied it up before the end of the first period. The second period passed by scoreless and the third saw Lindenwood come out and score early to take another lead but this time, Penn State was able to push back. A quick score to answer Lindenwood’s goal came from Taylor Gross – her fourth of the year – and with less than six minutes to go in the game, Laurenzi netted a power play goal to put the women up 3-2. Goalie Nicole Paniccia came up big in net, saving 28 out of 30 shots for the team. The team itself also put up 33 shots, effectively doubling their shot count from Friday night. This past Saturday afternoon’s comeback win raised the women’s record to 5-8-1 for the season and to 1-6-1 in the CHA.
The women take next weekend off for Thanksgiving and will play again at Mercyhurst on Friday the 30th and Saturday the 1st. Mercyhurst is a powerhouse this season and as of today have a 12-1-1 record on the year. Both games should be difficult tests for the Nittany Lions but expect them to play with great energy with having the weekend to rest. As per my recap last week, the men will resume play from their weekend off at Union next Saturday and Sunday. Union is also coming off a bye week and their record currently sits at 6-2-1 this season. The men will be back at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion at the end of the month to face Arizona State for a pair of games.
Unfortunately, there are no video highlights of the weekend games to be found on YouTube. However, if highlights do appear, I will definitely link them to my Twitter account so you can watch them if you would like. That being said, happy Thanksgiving to all Victory Bell Rings readers and I hope you enjoy whatever food and festivities you may have this week! Stay tuned as next week I’ll recap the men’s team and look ahead at both team’s end of the month games!