Friday October 26, 2012 Results: Mecyhurst beats Minn. St. Mankato 8-1, Robert Morris ties Northeastern 3-3, (OT), Syracuse falls 4-2 to Connecticut and RIT and Penn State tie 2-2 (OT)

Friday October 26, 2012 Results:  Mecyhurst beats Minn. St. Mankato 8-1, Robert Morris ties Northeastern 3-3, (OT), Syracuse falls 4-2 to Connecticut and RIT and Penn State tie 2-2 (OT)

First Period Explosion Leads Women's Hockey to 8-1 Win Friday * BOX SCORE 

Recap by Sydney Cuscino * Mercyhurst Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant

ERIE, Pa. - The fifth-ranked Mercyhurst women's hockey team scored five goals in just over eight minutes during the first period and cruised to an 8-1 victory over #10 Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.  The Lakers improved to 7-1-1 in the season while the Mavericks dropped to 4-3-2 in their season.

Senior Stephanie DeSutter started off the barrage at the 5:37 mark of the opening period, when she let go of a shot from the point that Maverick starting goaltender Danielle Butters never saw. Sophomore Shelby Bram and freshman Emily Janiga had the assists. 

Senior Lauren Jones then scored her first goal of the season at 9:11, with Bram and junior Christine Bestland collecting the assists. Then, sophomore Molly Byrne scored a power play goal just 36 seconds later to extend the lead to three.  Bestland and freshman Jenna Dingledein had the helpers.

Junior Christie Cicero scored her fifth goal of the season at 13:08, with freshmen Lauren Kilroy and Kathy Donohue picking up the helpers. That prompted the Mavericks to make a change in goal, with Erin Krichiver takeing over for Butters, who stopped just six-of-ten shots in just over 13 minutes. Janiga greeted Krichiver rudely when she scored 34 seconds after the switch was made. Bestland and Bram had the assists.....


Nittany Lions Earn 2-2 Tie with RIT * BOX SCORE

Recap By Jeremy S. Fallis * Penn State Athletic Communications

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State women's hockey skated to a 2-2 tie with RIT on Friday night at Greenberg Ice Pavilion behind 59 saves from Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) and goals from Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) and Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.). The Nittany Lions earned their first College Hockey America point with the tie and were 89 seconds from a victory until RIT's Tenecia Hiller tied it up late to send the game to overtime.

"I think we had great effort tonight," Josh Brandwene said. "Nicole Paniccia was fantastic in net and I'm really proud of how the team battled tonight against a good RIT team."

Penn State (2-5-1, 0-3-1 CHA) opened the account nearly eight minutes into the first period on a Gross power play goal. Madison Smiddy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) set up the play from the left point and sent it down low to Yoxheimer who fed Gross as the junior captain beat RIT's Laura Chamberlain (21 saves).

Twenty-three seconds later, Yoxheimer and Gross teamed up again as the freshman batted home a loose puck in front of the net for a 2-0 lead. Jess Desorcie (Westford, Vt.) earned her fourth assist of the season on the play as well.


Nicole Paniccia makes 59 saves in Net for Penn State 

(Photo courtesy of Steven Hass)


RIT recap by Joe Venniro - Director of Sports Information

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Senior Tenecia Hiller (Brampton, Ontario/St. Augustine Secondary) scored a power-play goal with 1:29 remaining in the third period to secure a 2-2 draw for the RIT women's hockey team (4-3-1, 1-2-1 CHA) against Penn State at the Greenberg Ice Arena on Friday evening. The Tigers dominated play, holding a 61-23 advantage in shots, but Penn State goalie Nicole Paniccia kept the Nittany Lions in the game, making 59 saves in the contest.  

The Nittany Lions struck twice in rapid succession in the first period. After Kristina Moss (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) took a two-minute penalty for interference, Penn State converted the power-play opportunity on a goal by Taylor Gross. Just 23 seconds later, Shannon Yoxheimer scored her sixth goal of the season, scooping up a loose puck in front of the net past Laura Chamberlain (Norco, CA/Norco), to push the lead to 2-0. Facing a 5-on-3 for two minutes, the Tigers turned the momentum by killing the Nittany Lions advantage, and then scored at the 16:42 mark on a power-play opportunity of their own, as Morgan Scoyne (Drumbo, Ontario) and Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario) set up Celeste Brown (Great Falls, MT) who cut the deficit to one. Two minutes later, Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario) fired a shot from the point that got through traffic but hit off the post. The teams went into the first intermission with Penn State holding a 2-1 lead despite being outshot, 12-6.

RIT started the second period by firing seven shots on goal in the first six minutes, but Paniccia made all the saves to keep the Nittany Lions in front by one. With 7:56 remaining in the period, the Tigers were sent to the penalty box but Chamberlain made sure the Nittany Lions didn't convert by making back-to-back key saves. Chamberlain would come up big again with under a minute to play in the period. Jess Desorcie found herself on a breakaway but Chamberlain robbed her with a brilliant glove save. RIT tallied an 18-8 advantage in shots for the period but still trailed heading into the break.

The third period began with an impressive penalty kill from the Tigers as Penn State had trouble getting the puck into the offensive zone. At the 12:31 mark, Ariane Yokoyama (Van Nuys, CA/Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies ) sent a crossing pass just out of the reach of Kim Schlattman (Stratford, Ontario/St. Michael's Catholic). The Nittany Lions raced back down the ice an had a scoring opportunity that was denied by another superb save from Chamberlain. However, Yokoyama was injured on the play as she hustled back to the defensive end but ended up going down hard into the net and wouldn't return. After a delay as the training staff attended to Yokoyama, Carly Payerl (Kitchener, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) stole the puck and had a chance to draw the Tigers even, but was robbed by Paniccia.

On the other end, Penn State fired a shot that knocked Chamberlain's stick out of her hands but the goalie wasn't flustered as she stopped consecutive shots after the stick was jarred loose. The physicality intensified and RIT went on the power-play with 3:28 left in regulation looking for the tying score. Schlattman had a chance in front of the net but was denied on Paniccia's 48th save of the evening. With 1:29 remaining, Hiller gathered a loose puck on the right wing and fired and beat the goalie to knot the score at two. Carly Payerl (Kitchener, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) was credited with the assist as the Tigers sent the contest to overtime.....


RMU Ties No. 7 Northeastern * BOX SCORE

ROBERT MORRIS RECAP by Jessica Calderone Sports Information Graduate Assistant 

Boston, Mass. - The Robert Morris University women's hockey tied nationally ranked Northeastern University, 3-3 in a non-conference match up Friday evening at Matthews Arena.  The contest marked the sixth meeting of the two teams in RMU program history.

Senior forward Kelsey Thomas (Hamilton, Ontario / Hamilton Hawks) led the RMU scoring effort as she tallied the first hatrick of her career registering a goal in each regulation period of the contest.

The Northeastern Huskies got on the board first as they scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the game.  Sophomore forward Kendall Coyne scored both goals for the Huskies while Rachel Lianes tallied tallied an assist on both goals and Maggie DiMasi notched the secondary assist on the Northeastern first goal.

RMU got on the board with a score of its own when assistant captain Cobina Delaney(Stittsville, Ontario / Ottawa Senators) passed to Thomas who found the net with 3:27 to play in the first period.  Sophomore forward Rebecca Vint (Caledon, Ontario / Brampton Jr. Thunder) was awarded with the secondary assist on the Colonials first score.  Thomas' score marks her first of her senior campaign while Delaney dishes out her first assist of the season.....




Recap By BRITTANY McCORMICK * Syracuse Athletic Communications

The Syracuse ice hockey team lost at Connecticut, 4-2, this evening. In the Orange's (3-4-0, 2-0-0 CHA) first road loss of the season, both sophomore forward Shiann Darkangelo and senior defenseman Jacquie Greco scored. Junior Kallie Billadeau was in net for the Orange and recorded 19 saves against the Huskies.
The Huskies (2-5-1) took a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period off of a goal from Kelly Horan. It only took 37 seconds into the second period for UConn to jump to a 2-0 lead. Stephianie Raithby was credited with the goal.
Syracuse then scored two back-to-back goals in the second period to even the score at 2-2. Greco notched her first goal of the season at 5:34 into the period. Darkangelo then scored her fourth goal of the season three and a half minutes later, with assists from Melissa Piacentini and Nicole Renault.
UConn took back the lead 11 minutes into the third period after Michaela Cava scored her fifth goal of the season. Rachel Farrel secured the Huskies' second victory of the season with an empty-net goal at 18:47. It was the first empty-netter that the Orange allowed this season.