Penn State dropped to 1-2-1 this past weekend with two losses to the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Between two games, the Nittany Lions were outscored 9-1, with a 5-1 loss on Friday night and a 4-0 shutout Saturday afternoon in Connecticut.Shannon Yoxheimer scored Penn State’s only goal of the weekend Friday night, her second of the season. Quinnipiac scored twice on the power play. The first one came on an early Jill Holdcroft high sticking call that gave the Bobcats the 1-0 lead with 4:31 to go in the first period. The next one came in the second period on a Tess Weaver slashing penalty to make it 2-0 for Quinnipiac just four minutes into the period. Four minutes later, Yoxheimer cut the Bobcat lead back to 1 with an even strength goal with Sarah Nielsen and Taylor Gross assisting. After that, it was all Quinnipiac with one more goal in the second, and two in the third period.
Nicole Paniccia was in net for the Nittany Lions Friday night and turned away 48 of 53 Bobcat shots. Penn State, by contrast, had 25 total shots on goal, 3 of which came on their only power play in the third frame.
In Saturday afternoon’s game, Celine Whitlinger was the starting goaltender for the Nittany Lions. Despite outstanding goaltending on her end, saving 55 of 59 Bobcat shots, the second highest total for a game in her career, Penn State couldn’t generate enough offense to get anything on the scoreboard. Only 14 shots found Bobcat goaltender Chelsea Laden, who stopped them all. Four of Penn State’s 14 shots came on the Nittany Lion’s three power plays in the game.
Penn State will have their home opener in Pegula Ice Arena this upcoming Friday, the 18th,when the Union Bulldogs come to town. Union is 2-3-0 after two losses to Northeastern and Boston University this past weekend. Last season, the Nittany Lions lost two close games to the Bulldogs, 2-1 and 1-0, back in January. Friday’s game will have a 7 p.m. start and Saturday at 2 p.m. when Penn State takes the ice for their first game in the new arena.