The Princeton Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 goal advantage within the first eight minutes of the game to beat Penn State 6-1 in Princeton, N.J. on an unusual midweek matchup for the women. Amy Petersen tallied her second goal of the season in the first period of Tuesday night’s loss while goalie Nicole Paniccia was pulled after a four-goal first period for Celine Whitlinger, who stopped 29 shots in two periods.
Just over three minutes into the first period, Tiger Denna Laing put Princeton up 1-0 and teammate Brianna Leahy doubled the lead four minutes later past goaltender Paniccia. Penn State took its timeout after the Leahy goal and following the break, Petersen scored for the Nittany Lions, cutting the Tiger lead to 2-1 not even halfway through the beginning frame. Princeton’s Ali Pankowski broke the game open again for the Tigers on a power play with 3:57 to play in the period, beating Paniccia for the 3-1 lead. Leahy tallied her second of the night with 1:29 to play in the period, capping the four-goal frame for the Tigers.
Whitlinger took over in net starting in the second, stopping 19 in the frame and only letting in one goal through the 20 minutes, on a last-minute goal by Sally Butler’s power play strike to put Princeton up 5-1. In the third, Butler potted her second of the game for the eventual 6-1 win.
Butler herself tallied a three-point night, with two goals and one assist. Teammate Pankowski also put up a three-point night for the Tigers, with her one goal and two assists on Butler’s goals.
Penn State was outshot 15-50 through three periods of play and went 0-3 on the extra-player advantage to Princeton’s 2-2 domination on the power play. The Nittany Lions did keep pace with the Tigers in the faceoff dot, just losing the battle 29-30 through the 60 minutes of play.
Penn State, now 4-20-2 and 1-11-0 in the CHA, comes home from their last non-conference match of the season to play RIT this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s matchup drops at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s starts at 2.pm. Saturday’s game will have free admission and will showcase the team’s pink jerseys in the team’s annual Skate for the Cure raising money for the Pink Zone and THON, including a jersey auction and free skate with the team after the game.