In the first of Penn State’s final two home games in their four week home stand, the Nittany Lions dropped the first to Syracuse by a score of 2-1 Saturday afternoon.
Syracuse scored the game’s first goal on the power play 3:10 into the first period. Birdie Shaw went off for a hooking minor at 2:52 and the Orange quickly capitalized on their first extra-skater advantage, beating Penn State goaltender Nicole Paniccia. The Orange continued to pepper Paniccia with shots but she was able to keep them all out of the net as the team was outshot in the first frame 11-5. Late in the first, Jordin Pardoski knotted her first of the season to tie the game at 1 apiece, putting in a Laura Bowman rebound past Syracuse netminder Kallie Billadeau.
The second period was a quiet affair, though Syracuse continued their domination in the shot count, this time the Nittany Lion’s tallying only 3 shots to Syracuse’s 15 yet it felt more even than that on the ice than the statistics suggest. Syracuse was able to break the tie 1:27 into the third; however, getting a big rebound past a sprawling Paniccia. While the team could not net another past Billadeau, Penn State gained their best opportunities of the afternoon after Paniccia was pulled in the last minute of the game and the team took over in the Syracuse zone, but could not find the back of the goal.
With the loss, the team drops to 2-8-1 and will head into their final home game in a four week stretch Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.