Penn State Women's Hockey: Lions Open Season with Sweep

By Michael Green on December 2, 2020 at 9:00 am
Penn State's Maeve Connolly (4) during the women's hockey game with Linwood. The Nittany Lions shutout Linwood 3-0 in the 2020-21 season opener on Sunday November 29, 2020 in Pegula Ice Arena.
Mark Selders [Penn State Athletics via Twitter]

Game One: Penn State 3, Lindenwood 0

Game One Box Score
  1st 2nd 3rd final
Lindenwood 0 0 0 0
Penn State 1 1 1 3

Penn State's women's hockey team opened the season in style by shutting out Lindenwood 3-0. Freshman Carrie Byrnes opened the scoring with a power play goal at 9:36 of the first period for her first collegiate goal.

Senior Natalie Heising added another power-play goal at 2:49 of the second period. Heising also added an empty netter to close out the scoring.

Freshman goalie Josie Bothun saved all 23 shots she faced to pick up the shutout in her first career game for the Nittany Lions.

Game two: Penn State 4, Lindenwood 1

Game Two Box Score
  1st 2nd 3rd final
Lindenwood 1 0 0 1
Penn State 1 3 0 4

Penn State used a big second period to power a sweep of Lindenwood in the opening series of the season for both teams.

Heising netted the 50th goal of her career to open the scoring just 39 seconds into the contest. She is just the second player to reach the 50-goal mark in school history, joining Laura Bowman who scored 61 goals during her career.

Jane Jacobs answered for Lindenwood at the 12:13 mark in the period. That goal would be the first, and as things stand right now, the only goal Bothun has allowed as a collegiate netminder. The score remained tied heading into the first intermission.

Junior Amy Dobson broke the tie with a power-play goal at 6:43 of the second period. Freshman Kiara Zanon scored the first goal of her career at 11:13 to extend the lead and junior Jessica Adolfsson closed out the scoring at 13:46 of the period.

Bothun stopped 20 of the 21 shots she faced to pick up her second win of the young season.

The Lions will be back on the ice on Saturday, December 5 for the first of four consecutive games against Syracuse. The two will square off Saturday and Sunday, December 6 in Happy Valley, and then will clash in Syracuse on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12.