Five different Robert Morris players scored in their 6-0 win over Penn State as they completed the sweep of the Nittany Lions’ first CHA matchups of the year. Sophomore Celine Whitlinger got the matinee start in goal for Penn State as the team dropped to 2-7-1 (0-2-0 in the CHA) for the season.
The first period started strong for Penn State, as the Nittany Lions controlled play and had the first three shots on Robert Morris goalie Jessica Dodds. However, Robert Morris opened the scoring just 5:53 into the period. Colonial’s captain Kristen Richards’ shot changed direction after the initial attempt on Whitlinger to beat the Penn State goalie glove side. Halfway through the first frame, forward Katie Fergus took the puck from behind the net and passed to waiting winger Anissa Gamble who tipped in it past Whitlinger. Penn State gained some momentum off of a Colonial holding penalty that sent them to the power play at the end of the period, but they couldn’t the puck in the net.
Penn State again had more chances early in the second period after Hannah Hoenshell’s shot was tipped by Jill Holdcroft in close. However, Dodds was able to slide across and stop Penn State’s best chance of the period on her glove side. The Nittany Lions took two minor penalties near the midway point of the period to put them down 5-on-3 for 1:04, Bowman first for roughing and then Laurenzi for checking. On the two skater advantage, Whitlinger seemed to make the best save of the afternoon, robbing Colonial forward Thea Imbrogno as she sprawled on the ice and gloved the shot before it crossed the goal line. Upon further review, the call was overturned – as the puck had crossed the goal line in Whitlinger’s glove – and Robert Morris added to their lead to make it 3-0. With 9 minutes left in the period, Robert Morris’ Rebecca Vint dangled her way in through the Penn State defense and stuffed the puck through Whitlinger’s five hole to put the Colonials up 4-0 after two periods of play.
Robert Morris seemed more in control of the start of the third period, and scored a goal 6:15 into the frame off a high shot that Whitlinger looked like she stopped but it trickled through her and into the goal. Penn State again had chances on their power play, but Dodds had all of the answers on the extra skater advantage, as she had all afternoon. Kristen Richards sealed the imminent win for Robert Morris with her second tally of the game, having a nice give and go with teammate Brittany Howard before backhanding it past Whitlinger with 1:35 left in the game.
The Nittany Lions went 0-4 on the power play for the afternoon, but also held Robert Morris to just one power play goal through their two games this week. Shannon Yoxheimer and Taylor Gross both had 6 shots on net for the game, but the Nittany Lions were outshot 49 to 22 and couldn’t find the net all weekend thanks to the Colonial duo of Vinet and Dodds. Penn State finishes their home stand against Syracuse next Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Syracuse is 4-4 after a week off of play as Penn State looks to rebound from the CHA sweep.