WOMEN'S HOCKEY CLAIMS A 4-1 VICTORY AT PENN STATE * BOX SCORE
RIT recap by Jeremy Zalacca - Assistant SID
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Katie Hubert (Burlington, Ontario/Burlington Nelson) scored two goals as the RIT women's hockey team (4-3-0, 1-2-0 CHA) defeated Penn State (2-5-0, 0-3-0), 4-1. Hubert scored goals in each of the first two periods and Ali Binnginton made 11 saves to improve to 3-1 on the season as RIT captured its first CHA conference victory.
The Tigers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. 3:20 into the first period, Hubert gathered a loose puck at center ice and fired a shot past Penn State's goalie for her second score of the season. A few minutes later, Jess Paton (Woodstock, Ontario/Huron Park Secondary) grabbed a rebound in front of the net and had two chances to stuff it home, but Nicole Paniccia made tough saves to keep the deficit at one. Later in the period, Binnington made a key stop on a deflected shot from the point to keep the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard. RIT took three penalities in the last six and a half minutes of the period and Penn State capitalized on their final opportunity. At the 18:54 mark, Shannon Yoxheimer corraled a shot that went wide, and beat Binnington to draw even. The Tigers held an 11-5 advantage in shots but went into intermission tied.
Each team had a scoring opportunity narrowly miss in the second period. Penn State's 2-on-1 breakaway saw the Nittany Lions shot just sail high. With 11 minutes left in the period, Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario) beat Paniccia but her shot dinged off the post. At the 7:06 mark, the Tigers converted a power-play chance on Hubert's second goal of the night, with the assists going to Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Elmira Secondary) and Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario). The Tigers would add on a third goal, despite being short-handed, when Carly Payerl (Kitchener, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) played tight defense and forced a turnover which Zach controlled and found herself alone with only the goalie to beat. The goal was her second of the season and RIT's second short-handed score of the year. RIT outshot the Nittany Lions 9-3 in the period.
RIT killed two power-plays in the early stages of the third period as the Nittany Lions tried to claw their way back into the game. Meanwhile, Penn State killed a five-on-three chance for the Tigers to stay within striking distance. RIT continued to control play and Tenecia Hiller (Brampton, Ontario/St. Augustine Secondary) scored at the 16:29 on crisp passing by Ariane Yokoyama (Van Nuys, CA/Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies ) and Carly Payerl (Kitchener, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) to ice the victory.....
Women's Hockey Drops 4-1 Decision to RIT * BOX SCORE
Recap By Jeremy S. Fallis * Penn State Athletic Communications
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State women's hockey dropped a 4-1 decision to RIT, 4-1, on Thursday night at Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Freshman Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) scored a power-play goal, her team-leading fifth tally of the season, as RIT won its first College Hockey America contest.
RIT (4-3-0, 1-2-0 CHA) went 2-for-8 on the power play and added a short-handed goal. Katie Hubert tallied two goals, while Erin Zach had a goal and an assist. Penn State's Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) made 34 saves in the loss.
Huburt put the Tigers on the board early with an unassisted tally from the left wing. Hubert collected a loose puck at mid ice, beat the Penn State defense and found the net to the lower right for her second goal of the season.
The Tigers dominated much of the offensive play in the first period, but a series of minor penalties derailed the RIT attack. Yoxheimer converted a perfect pass from Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to knot the score at one with 1:06 remaining in the period. Paige Jahnke (Oakdale, Minn.) set up the play from the point on the 4-on-3 power play, sent it to Gross on the left wing, who slid it over to Yoxheimer on the right as the lefty beat RIT's Ali Binnington (12 saves) top shelf.....
Freshman Shannon Yoxheimer after scoring a power-play goal, first CHA goal in Penn State history
(Photo courtesy of Steven Hass)