Women's Hockey Recap: Lions Earn First Ever Sweep of Colonials

By Michael Green on January 11, 2021 at 1:31 pm
Natalie Heising and the Nittany Lions had another strong series with a sweep of Robert Morris.
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Game One – Penn State 3, Robert Morris 2

Game One Box Score
  1st 2ND 3rd Total
Penn State 1 0 2 3
Robert Morris 1 0 1 2

Penn State rode a strong third period to a 3-2 victory over Robert Morris to snap a 15-game winless streak against the Colonials in Moon Township. 

Early on, the home team looked like it might extend its domination over the Lions as Marah Wagner put the puck behind Lions goaltender Josie Bothun at 6:13 of the first period. However, on this day, the visitors wouldn't go away easily. Junior Amy Dobson tied the score with a power-play goal less than five minutes later.

The second period was scoreless and the teams went into the deciding third period tied at one goal apiece.

Sophomore Rachel Weiss put the visiting team in front just 1:27 into the third period. And fellow sophomore Julie Gough scored what proved to be the game-winner at 6:59 to give Penn State a 3-1 lead. Michaela Boyle scored at 9:30 to pull the Colonials within a goal, but Bothun stood tall the rest of the way for her fifth win of the season.

Game Two – Penn State 4, Robert Morris 1

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

Penn State came into the weekend 4-23-7 all-time against Robert Morris. And The Colonials were 4-0-0 on the young season. So after picking up a victory on Friday evening, the young Nittany Lions might have been forgiven had they lost their focus on Saturday afternoon.

That was not to be the case. The Lions opened the scoring and held the lead the rest of the way.

Freshman Maeve Connolly picked up her second goal of the season 8:13 into the game and Penn State held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Junior Jessica Adolfsson doubled the Lions lead just 33 seconds into the second period. Wasyn Rice pulled the Colonials within one with a power-play goal less than two minutes later. But Adolfsson answered with a power-play goal of her own at 10:05 of the period to give Penn State a two-goal lead heading into the third.

The Colonials did a good job killing off consecutive Penn State power plays in the middle of the third period to stay within striking distance. And the Colonials appeared to have pulled within one just after killing off the second penalty. But the goal was waved off after review for goaltender interference. 

Penn State committed a couple of late penalties to give RMU life, including more than a minute of 5-on-3 play. But Penn State stood strong and freshman Kiara Zanon put the game away with an empty-net goal with under 30 seconds to play.

Penn State continued its program-best start and is now 6-1-1 on the season and sits atop the College Hockey America standings. Next up for the young Lions is a trip to Rochester for a pair against RIT on January 15-16. The Tigers are just 1-4 on the season and have yet to score more than one goal in any game. But their one victory was 1-0 over No. 10 Mercyhurst just three days ago.