Penn State Women’s Hockey Tops Lindenwood 4-1

Penn State women’s hockey (6-4-2) returned to the ice Saturday afternoon to wrap up a two-game series against Lindenwood.

Unlike in last night’s comeback win, the Nittany Lions showed no signs of struggle in this matchup. In fact, Penn State dominated en route to a definitive 4-0 win.

How It Happened

The Nittany Lions started with sophomore Josie Bothun in goal, while Lindenwood opted to start junior Natalie Ferenc instead of Julia Maguire, who started Friday’s game.

Penn State scored right off the bat with a goal from junior Rachel Weiss three minutes into the game. The Nittany Lions late gained a power play, too, but weren’t able to convert throughout the four-minute advantage.

With 39 seconds left in the period, Lindenwood was a player down from Maddison Stitt’s cross-checking penalty. The first period ended with Penn State up by one with 20 shots on goal, while Lindenwood ended the period with just two shots on goal.

Penn State entered the second period with a one-man advantage but was unable to score on the power play despite keeping the puck in Lindenwood’s defensive zone. Lindenwood later had a one-man advantage from a roughing penalty called on Penn State’s Izzy Heminger but was ultimately unsuccessful in trying to tie the game.

Almost halfway through the second period, the Nittany Lions extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal from senior Anna Promersberger and an assist from Lyndie Lobdell.

The Nittany Lions got another chance at a power play with a roughing penalty from Lindenwood’s Morgan Neitzke. During the power play, Penn State took a shot that resulted in a pile-up in front of Lindenwood’s goal, injuring Lindenwood senior Jada Burke, who was helped off the ice to Lindenwood’s bench and did not return to the ice until the third period. The power play ended without a goal for Penn State.

With just over two minutes left to play in the second, Lindenwood gained a one-man advantage when Penn State’s Izzy Heminger got a penalty for roughing. Despite the advantage, Lindenwood remained scoreless after the second period. The period ended with 34 shots on goal for Penn State and just five for Lindenwood.

Lindenwood came into the third period considerably stronger offensively than it had been the rest of the game, immediately making its way into Penn State’s defensive zone. Despite a Penn State power play, Lindenwood did a better job of keeping and clearing the puck out of its defensive zone.

Lindenwood’s Rachel Goff received a two-minute penalty for cross-checking, and the Nittany Lions were finally able to capitalize on a power-play opportunity through a goal from junior Julie Gough, putting Penn State up 3-0.

Following the goal, Penn State’s Lyndie Lobdell was given a penalty for cross-checking, giving Lindenwood another power-play opportunity. But despite the team’s best efforts, the power play ended without a score.

After some uneventful back-and-forth play, Lindenwood was a man up once a roughing penalty got called on Penn State’s Rene Gangarosa. Despite some good scoring opportunities for Lindenwood, Penn State killed the penalty.

Lyndie Lobdell racked up another penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct with less than two minutes left in the period. Despite being a man down, the Nittany Lions had a breakaway and scored an empty-net goal with less than a minute remaining.

Despite a last-minute goal from Lindenwood, Penn State took home a 4-1 victory.

Three Stars Of The Game

Anna Promersberger came in as the third star of today’s game with the only goal of the second period. Rachel Weiss, who scored the game’s first goal with only three minutes into play, checks in as the second star. Julie Gough was the game’s first star after scoring Penn State’s third goal — her seventh of the season.

What’s Next?

Penn State will head to New York for a two-game series against Syracuse starting on Friday, November 19. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Caitlin Burns

Caitlin is a senior majoring in english. She watches "Dance Moms" from the beginning three times a year and thinks she's a barista because she can make one drink from Starbucks. She can usually be found taking a nap or being unreasonably angry at small inconveniences. You can contact her at [email protected].

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