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Penn State Women's Hockey: Nittany Lions Suffer Weekend Sweep vs Syracuse Orange

After a weekend off, Penn State took on the Syracuse Orange in New York and was swept 3-2 in overtime on Friday night and 3-0 Saturday afternoon. Hannah Hoenshell and Laura Bowman tallied the two Nittany Lion goals over the weekend while Celine Whitlinger took Friday night’s tough OT loss in net and Nicole Paniccia backstopped for Penn State on Saturday.

In Friday night’s game, Penn State went down in a 2-0 hole in the second period after a scoreless first frame. The Orange tallied back-to-back goals with just over five minutes gone in the middle frame from teammates Melissa Piacentini and Nicole Renault. Three minutes later, Hoenshell found the back of the net past Syracuse’s Jenesica Drinkwater for her fourth goal of the season, cutting the Syracuse lead to 2-1. With under four minutes to go in the period, Bowman, with some help from Amy Petersen, put one past the Orange netminder Drinkwater to even the score up at 2-2.

When the game could not be decided in 60 minutes, the teams headed to overtime. Hoenshell almost had her second tally of the game in the extra-hockey frame but Syracuse’s netminder stopped the chance and the Orange took home the overtime win on a slapshot past Penn State goaltender Celine Whitlinger.

The Nittany Lions were outshot 47-24 through the 60-plus minutes of play, though tied Syracuse in shots 11-11 through the second period. Whitlinger was excellent in goal, stopping 44 Orange shots, including 19 in the third alone.

Nicole Panicca took Saturday afternoon’s start, losing 3-0 but stopping 35 shots in a strong game. Syracuse went up early 1-0 with 4:21 left in the first frame on Margot Scharfe’s rebound goal past Paniccia. Midway through the second, Syracuse doubled its lead 2-0 on a deflection goal in front of the Penn State netminder from Melissa Piacentini on teammate Danielle Leslie’s shot. 19 seconds into the third, Syracuse’s Allie LaCombe fired a slapshot from the point that ricocheted off the post and into the net, putting the Nittany Lions down 3-0 and despite the late chances, Penn State could not launch a comeback.

Syracuse again outshot the Nittany Lions, but this time 38-16. Both teams took six penalties through 60 minutes, though neither could capitalize on the extra-player advantage. Penn State; however, did lead the Orange in blocked shots, 15-8, and faceoffs won, 30-27.

The Nittany Lions drop to 4-19-2 overall and 1-11-0 in the CHA with the losses. Next, Penn State will travel to Princeton this Tuesday for a rare midweek matchup. Puck drops on the non-conference game at 7 p.m. vs the Tigers.

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