Penn State’s power play finally came through on Saturday as the Nittany Lions won 6-1 over Sacred Heart at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, Ct..
Before the game, the Lions had not scored on special teams all season. That all changed once the puck dropped, as the first three goals the team scored came on the power play.
Team captain Taylor Gross gave the Lions an early 1-0 lead, finding the net six minutes into the game. While it was the team’s first power play goal of the season, it was also Gross’ first goal as a Nittany Lion.
Shannon Yoxheimer, who assisted Gross’ goal, doubled the lead on the Pioneers with a goal about two minutes later. Gross registered an assist on Yoxheimer’s goal, giving each player two points within the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Pioneers scored first in the second period, with their lone goal coming from a power play, too.
After Jeanette Bateman netted a goal before the second intermission, the Lions put the game away for good in the third period with three goals.
Nicole Paniccia, who allowed two goals on 28 shots in Friday’s 2-1 loss, was in goal again for the Lions. She recorded a solid stat line, allowing the single special teams goal while stopping 25 shots.
Check Monday’s edition of The Daily Collegian for more on Saturday’s game against Sacred Heart.