November 10, 2013

Syracuse Defeats Penn State in Overtime

Syracuse 4, Penn State 3 [OT]

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—The Orange finished strong to come from behind and defeat Penn State (2-9-1, 0-4-0 CHA), 4-3 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena. Syracuse (6-4-0, 2-0-0 CHA) scored two goals in the third period to force overtime and netted the game winning goal 1:27 into the extra period to stay perfect in conference play.

SU took a season-high 55 shots on net including 21 in the second period. PSU had only 23 shots on target including just four in the second period and none in overtime.

SU scored one power play goal on six opportunities and killed five of the Orange's six penalties.

Despite outshooting the Nittany Lions in both the first and second period, Penn State was able to take a 2-0 lead early in the game. PSU notched its first score with 3:28 left in the first period and came out strong in the second to go up 2-0 with 14:57 to go in the period.

Syracuse was able to cut the deficit before going into the second intermission when Akane Hosoyamada notched a power play goal with 0:49 left in the second period. Caitlin Roach and Jessica Sibley both assisted on the play.

SU came out shooting in the third period and tied the game at 2-2 off a Nicole Ferrara goal 3:37 into the third stanza.Margot Scharfe started the play and was credited with an assist. Penn State wouldn't go down without a fight and regained the lead three and a half minutes later, scoring on the power play.

SU wouldn't settle for a loss, however and sophomore Danielle Leslie scored the first goal of her career to tie it at 3-3 and force overtime. Ferrara and Scharfe, who both had two points on the day, assisted on the score. Freshman Jessica Sibleyscored her first career game-winning goal 1:27 into overtime to lift Syracuse past Penn State. The goal was her fourth of the season which is tied for the most on the team. Heather Schwarz and Melissa Piacentini were credited with assists on the goal.

SU plays again next weekend at Mercyhurst on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications

 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State women's hockey looked to come away with its first win over Syracuse in program history, but fell 4-3 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena. The Nittany Lions had leads of 2-0 and 3-2, however, the Orange eked out the victory.

Penn State (2-9-1, 0-4-0) started strong with a goal 3:28 left in the first period off a Kendra Rasmussen (Sartell, Minn.) deflection of aMadison Smiddy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) blast from the point. Jill Holdcroft (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.) won a faceoff deep in the Syracuse zone and pitched it back to Smiddy who one-timed the shot toward the net. The goal was Rasmussen's first of the season, while Smiddy and Holdcroft marked their first assists of the year.

Five minutes into the second period, Penn State doubled the lead as an opportunistic Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) swept a loose puck home amidst a scramble in front of the net. The goal was the fourth of the season by Gross.

Syracuse (6-4-0, 2-0-0 CHA) responded just 49 seconds from the end of the second period on a power play goal by Akane Hosoyamada, who cashed in on a rebound of Caitlin Roach's shot from the point. Three-and-a-half minutes into the third period, the Orange tied the game on a Nicole Ferrara unassisted effort.

Penn State answered to take the lead again as Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.) wristed in her first collegiate goal seven minutes into the period. Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) entered the zone down the left wing and found a streaking Petersen who beat one defender before shooting. The helper was Hoenshell's fifth of the season.

The Orange pressed down the stretch to force overtime, equalizing on a Danielle Leslie shot from the slot that floated by Celine Whitlinger (Garden Grove, Calif.) with 6:06 remaining in the period. Whitlinger saved 51 shots on Sunday to keep the Nittany Lions in position to win including stopping the first 34 shots of the game.

Just 1:27 into overtime, Jessica Sibley knocked home the game-winner to complete the comeback for the Orange as they improved to 6-0-0 all-time against Penn State. Three of the last four contests have been decided by a single goal. The leads for Penn State were the first for the Lions in series history, while the three goals were the most in a single game against the Orange.

Syracuse held a 55-23 edge in shots and both teams went 1-for-6 on the power play.

Penn State continues CHA play with a two-game road set at RIT Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.).

Courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications