Game One: Penn State 2, Syracuse 1
Penn State's Women's Hockey team, led by a group of freshmen, are 3-0-0 for the first time in team history following a 2-1 victory over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.
Syracuse took the lead at 8:22 of the first period on an unassisted goal from Victoria Klimek. Penn State answered later in the period when freshman Olivia Wallin scored an unassisted goal of her own.
Freshman Kiara Zanon put the Lions in the lead with what proved to be the game winner with just 7.1 seconds left in the second period. Another freshman, Lyndie Lobdell got the only assist on the goal.
Josie Bothun, also a freshman, stopped 21 of the 22 shots she faced to pick up the win in net. For the game, Penn State outshot Syracuse 41-22.
Game two: Penn State 2, Syracuse 2
Following Saturday's game, mostly dominated by Penn State, it's not surprising that Syracuse came out strong in game two Sunday afternoon. Klimek scored two first period goals to give the Orange a two-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
Penn State started to take control of the action in the second period, but couldn't get a shot past Orange goaltender Allison Small.
The Lions finally broke into the scoring column when freshman Carrie Byrnes netted her second goal of the season at 8:33 of the third period. Junior Amy Dobson knotted the score at two just 2:10 later.
Neither team could break the tie in the third and the game went to overtime. Penn State had the best chance to win but a Lobdell breakaway shot clanked off the crossbar with less than a minute to play.
Closing out the weekend 1-0-1 might seem disappointing given how close that second win seemed to be. But given the history of the series between these two CHA rivals (Penn State's all time record vs. Syracuse was 2-26-6 prior to this weekend) Penn State should feel very good about itself right now.
The young Lions will get another shot at the Orange on Friday and Saturday as the two teams will meet again, this time in Syracuse.