Friday November 2, 2012 Results: Penn State 6-0 win over Sacred Heart, Syracuse beats Union 2-1 and Mercyhurst defeat Lindenwood 6-1

Friday November 2, 2012 Results: Penn State 6-0 win over Sacred Heart, Syracuse beats Union 2-1 and Mercyhurst defeat Lindenwood 6-1


Recap By BRITTANY McCORMICK * Syracuse Athletic Communications 

After being down, 1-0, five minutes into the game, the Orange tallied two goals to post a 2-1 win at Union (2-5-0). Both sophomore forward Allie LaCombe and senior defenseman Jacquie Greco each scored goals in the Orange (5-4-0, 2-0-0 CHA) win. Junior goaltender Kallie Billadeau recorded 27 saves against the Dutchwomen.

"It was a back and forth game for the most part of the night," said head coach Paul Flanagan. "Allie LaCombe picked a nice time to get her first of the year. Our PK did a great job of killing off a five minute major and two late penalties to seasl the win."
Kathryn Tomaselli put the Dutchwomen on the scoreboard early, scoring her second goal of the season 5:02 into the game. Union outshot the Orange 12-8 in the first period. 
At 17:56, junior Margot Scharfe received the puck from Caitlin Roach. Scharfe found Greco who was able to beat Shenae Lundberg to tie up the game. It was Greco's second goal this season......



Nittany Lions Record Historic 6-0 Win over Sacred Heart * BOX SCORE

Recap By Jeremy S. Fallis * Penn State Athletic Communications

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It was another night of first for the Penn State women's hockey team in a 6-0 win over Sacred Heart on Friday at Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Freshman Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) marked the program's first hat trick, while the Nittany Lions earned their first shutout. Shannon Yoxheimer(Jackson, Mich.) scored twice and Jill Holdcroft (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.) struck for her first collegiate goal in the rout.

"Give credit to the players," Head coach Josh Brandwene said. "I was really pleased with their performance tonight. We had a great week of practice and a really strong first period."

Penn State (3-5-1) fired away on a sluggish Sacred Heart (1-5-0) team all game long. Pioneers goaltender Alexius Schutt, putting 22 of the team's 66 shots on frame in the opening period. The Nittany Lions finally got on the board after seven minutes when a loose puck between Schutt's legs was punched in by a diving Hoenshell, a play that was set up by Katie Zinn's (Coquitlam, B.C.) initial left-winged shot. The assist was Zinn's first collegiate point.

Despite holding a dominating 22-2 edge in shots, Penn State held only a 1-0 lead through the game's first 20 minutes. Hoenshell quickly doubled the score just 2:32 into the second period, taking an Emily Laurenzi(Townsend, Del.) feed from center ice, looping around two Pioneer defenders and beating Schutt on the stick side for a 2-0 lead...... 



Bestland Scores Hat Trick to Lead Lakers to 6-1 Victory Friday * BOX SCORE 

Recap by Sydney Cuscino * Mercyhurst Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Junior captain Christine Bestland scored her first hat trick of her career to lead fifth-ranked Mercyhurst to a 6-1 victory over Lindenwood on Friday night. The Lakers improve to 9-1-1 in the season, and 3-0-0 in the CHA. Lindenwood dropped their first CHA match and are 0-7-0 on the season.

Bestland scored six points on three goals and three assists, making it the first time a Laker has scored that many points since December 14, 2011. Bestland's second goal of the game also marked her 50th goal of her career at Mercyhurst.

Lindenwood University was the first to score when Allysson Arcibal scored her second goal of the season on a power-play goal at 5:35 in the first period. Bestland tied the game at one when she scored her first of three goals on a power-play at 12:50, from sophomore defensemen Molly Byrne and freshman forward Jenna Dingeldein. The Lakers outshot Lindenwood 20-13 in the first period.

Five minutes into the second, Bestland scored her second goal of the game and eighth goal of the season. Less than a minute later, senior forward Lauren Jones scored a short-handed goal from Bestland to extend the lead, 3-1. Sophomore Vaila Higson and Bestland assisted Jones in her back to back goal at 14:19. Two minutes later, Bestland completed her hat trick and scored her ninth goal of the season......


Junior captian Christine Bestland scored six points on three goals and three assists.

PHOTO by Ed Milliard


Lindenwood Falls In CHA Opener * BOX SCORE 

RECAP BY Daniel Newton * LINDENWOOD Sports Information Director

The Lindenwood women's hockey team fell in its inaugural College Hockey America (CHA) contest on Friday night at Lindenwood Ice Arena. The Lady Lions lost 6-1 to No. 5 Mercyhurst.

The contest was very similar to Lindenwood's home opener this season against Wisconsin. The Lady Lions had a strong first period including scoring the first goal of the game. Lindenwood went on the power play and Allysson Arcibal gave it a lead with her second goal of the season. Chelsea Witwicke and Caitlyn Post assisted on the goal.

Mercyhurst answered with a power-play goal at the 12:50 mark and the two teams were tied at one after one period. Lindenwood took 13 shots in the first period, compared to 20 for Mercyhurst.

In the second period, the Lakers scored four goals to break the game open. The biggest score was a shorthanded goal that came less than one minute after Mercyhurst scored the game-winning goal. It then added two more goals in the final six minutes of the period. The Lakers added one more power-play goal in the third period......