Penn State traveled to Lindenwood over the weekend and came away with a series split, losing Friday night’s matchup 2-1 but winning Saturday’s contest 4-1 for their first CHA win of the season.
In Friday night’s game, Penn State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Jordin Pardoski goal, her second of the year, with 2:38 gone in the first. Lindenwood battled back in the second to score two goals six minutes apart to put them on top 2-1 and despite Penn State getting their chances, they could not net an equalizer past Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley. Nicole Paniccia was in net for the Nittany Lions Friday night, stopping 33 of 35 shots. Penn State themselves were only able to generate 23 shots of their own through 60 minutes of play but outshot Lindenwood 10-7 in the final frame of the game.
Saturday afternoon’s game held a different story, as four different Nittany Lions scored for the 4-1 win and Celine Whitlinger backstopped in goal for the team while saving 36 shots. Hannah Hoenshell broke open the scoring for Penn State, again jumping out early – this time 1:41 into the first period – to take the 1-0 lead, as she netted her second of the year past Lindenwood’s Hensley. Taylor Gross added her sixth this season late into the first frame, beating the Lindenwood goaltender with an assist from Shannon Yoxheimer to put Penn State up 2-0. In the second, freshman Laura Bowman tallied the team’s third goal of the game to give them their biggest lead against Lindenwood within the past two seasons. Lindenwood broke the shutout with less than one minute left in the second period, beating Whitlinger for the late score. However, Penn State tightened up defensively and were able to outshoot Lindenwood again in the third period, 13-11, with Yoxheimer adding an insurance goal, her forth this year.
The win Saturday was Penn State’s first CHA win of the season and with their record now standing at 3-12-1 (1-7-0 in the CHA), the Nittany Lions will travel back home to play Maine next Saturday at 2 p.m. for their lone matchup of the weekend.