Women's Hockey Recap: Lions Settle for Split with Orange

By Michael Green on December 13, 2020 at 4:47 pm
Penn State Women's Hockey earned a split against Syracuse.
Syracuse Athletics, Mike Okoniewski

Game One: Penn State 4, Syracuse 3

Game One Box Score
  1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Penn State 1 0 2 1 4
Syracuse 0 3 0 0 3

After a three-goal second period gave Syracuse a 3-1 lead, it looked like Penn State's unbeaten streak might come to an end. But another third-period comeback followed by some overtime heroics extended the Lions' unbeaten streak to five games.

Penn State opened the scoring at 16:11 of the first period when freshman Maeve Connolly scored the first goal of her Penn State career. Amy Dobson was credited with the only assist.

The Orange owned the second period, scoring three consecutive goals. Tatum White tied the game at 6:09. Jessica DiGirolamo gave Syracuse the lead at 13:38. Abby Moloughney extended the lead to 3-1 with 1:57 to play in the period.

Julie Gough gave the Lions life with her first goal of the season just 44 seconds into the third period. Natalie Heising tied the game halfway through the period. 

Penn State had several early chances in overtime, but couldn't find the back of the net. Finally, with just over a minute to play, freshman sensation Kiara Zanon fired the puck past Orange goalie Allison Small for the winner.

The win gave the Lions the season series against Syracuse for the first time in its short history. 

Game two: Penn State 2, Syracuse 4

Game Two Box Score
  1st 2nd 3rd Total
Penn State 1 1 0 2
Syracuse 1 1 2 4

All good things must come to an end. After extending its unbeaten streak to five games with an exciting overtime victory Friday night, Penn State seemed to run out of steam in a 4-2 loss to Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions scored the first goal of the game at 11:23 of the first period when Olivia Wallin picked up her second of the season. Sarah Thompson answered for Syracuse less than two minutes later to knot the score at one apiece.

Wallin picked up her second of the game 3:35 into the second period to give Penn State the lead again. Once again Syracuse answered when Moloughney picked up her second of the series at 7:40.

The Orange took the lead on a goal by Emma Polaski four minutes into the final period. Victoria Klimek sealed the game with an empty netter with just 11 seconds to play.

Penn State heads into the break with a program-best start of 4-1-1. An official announcement of the next phase of the team's schedule has not been made. We will let you know when that announcement is made.