In Penn State’s first two games of 2014, the team was swept by the Ohio State Buckeyes 8-0 on Friday night and 4-0 Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Celine Whitlinger started in net for the Nittany Lions in Friday’s loss while senior Nicole Paniccia backstopped for the team on Saturday.
Friday night’s 8-0 loss opened up with two quick scores from the Buckeyes off of Penn State penalties in the first period to go up 2-0. From there, Ohio State tallied four goals in the second period and two more in the third to give the Buckeyes the 8-0 win. Whitlinger stopped 48 of 56 total shots in the game and forward Jenna Welch led the team in shots with four, with the team overall totaling 19 through three periods.
Again, Penn State went down early 1-0 to Ohio State, but this time 2:34 into the game on an even strength goal from Buckeye Kari Schmitt. The Nittany Lions held Ohio State to only eight shots in the period, their lowest through their two games against Penn State this season, but the Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Though the game was more tightly contested than the first matchup as Penn State was able to keep pace with Ohio State, the Buckeyes tallied two more goals – one in the second and one in the third. Goalie Nicole Paniccia stopped 28 of 32 Ohio State shots, a more reasonable shot count than the previous night. Shannon Yoxheimer lead the team with four shots of her own and Penn State totaled 18 shots overall in the game.
The two losses over the weekend drops Penn State’s record to 3-16-2 on the season.
The Nittany Lions return home for the first time in the new year to face the Colgate Raiders, who are 4-13-2 this season, on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop in Friday’s game is at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.. Saturday’s game is Youth Day, giving children free admission with a paying adult.