After a close first period, Mercyhurst eventually found the net several times and beat Penn State Friday night, 5-0.
The Lakers (13-1-1, 5-0-0 CHA) jumped out to an early lead with a goal exactly one minute into the contest. However, the score did not change until almost eight minutes into the second period, when a power play goal doubled their lead over the Nittany Lions (5-9-1, 1-7-1).
Two more goals would follow before the second intermission, ending goalie Nicole Paniccia's night early. Her 29 saves were almost matched by Celine Whitlinger's single period in net, in which she allowed one goal and made 26 saves.
The shot total was much smaller for the Lions. They ended the night with only 10 shots on goal, with no shots fired during their lone power play of the night.
The Lakers, on the other hand, had plenty of opportunities on the advantage. They benefited from six two-minute minors by the Lions, taking a total of 20 shots on the power play all night and scoring on it twice.
The two teams meet again to wrap up the series on Saturday at 2 p.m.