Penn State Women’s Hockey: Loss, Tie to No. 8 Quinnipiac Over Weekend

On the heels of the men’s weekend home opener, the Penn State women’s hockey team welcomed No. 8 Quinnipiac to Pegula Ice Arena and came out of the series 0-1-1. Saturday night’s matchup ended in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Bobcats, but the Nittany Lions rebounded early in the third period Sunday to tie the game 1-1 and come away with the draw.

Head coach Josh Brandwene said he was proud of the team’s “consistency and response” between the two weekend games.

“We had a great response when we faced adversity,” Brandwene said. “I saw a lot of growth for this hockey team that continues to evolve and get better every day.”

In Saturday’s game, Sophomore Amy Petersen had Penn State’s best chance of the first period with 14:15 gone in the frame. A puck from behind the boards slid out to where Petersen was stationed in front of Bobcat goaltender Nicole Kosta and she took the shot point blank but came up empty handed.

Quinnipiac struck a deadly blow with 40 seconds to play in the first period after a good opening frame by Penn State. Defenseman Lindsey West took a hard shot from the left point that goaltender Celine Whitlinger did not see to put the Bobcats up 1-0 heading into the first intermission.

The Bobcats extended their lead by two in the second period. The first goal of the middle frame came on the power play from Cydney Rosler at 10:23. Rosler took a shot from the left circle that beat Whitlinger high with a clear line of sight.

Four minutes later, Taylar Cianfarano padded the Bobcat lead to 3-0, beating the Penn State goaltender as she was stretched to the left and couldn’t get over to cover the post in time before the puck was banged home.

While there were no goals in the third period, Penn State was outshot 8-0 in the final frame and 34-10 through 60 minutes of play. Goaltender Whitlinger made 31 saves in her first start of the season at home.

The Nittany Lions held Quinnipiac scoreless through the first period of Sunday’s game, thanks to freshman netminder Hannah Ehresmann’s 12 saves in the opening 20 minutes.

However, Penn State had to play from behind again as Bobcat Shiann Darkangelo scored a shorthanded goal with teammate Nicole Brown in the box at 12:20 of the middle frame.

Out of the second intermission though, Penn State held their own with the No. 8 team and 3:10 into the stanza, sophomore Amy Petersen put in her second of the year past Bobcat goaltender Sydney Rossman.

The Nittany Lions kept pace with the Bobcats in the shot count in the third period, each tallying nine chances on the net, and when the game went into overtime, Ehresmann was able to stop all three shots that came her way in the five minute OT to help Penn State to a 1-1 tie.

The freshman made 45 saves as Penn State put 18 total shots on opposing goaltender Rossman.

Penn State heads to New York next Friday and Saturday to play Union at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively.