Syracuse women’s ice hockey drops the second game of the series to Penn State, 5-0.

Saturday, Jan 20, 2024 at 4:49 pm by Sports Editor

By Gino Antimarino | @ginoantimarino

After winning last night’s matchup for its second conference win of the season, Syracuse was blanked by Penn State on Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions came out with vengeance, as they piled on the shots from start to finish. PSU had the advantage in shots, 53-12. 


On the flip side, the Orange struggled to get any momentum in their offensive zone. SU had just two shots in the middle frame and four shots in the third. Part of the reason Syracuse couldn’t generate good scoring chances was because it pinned itself in its own zone due to being on the penalty kill so often. The Orange took six infractions and the Nittany Lions capitalized on a third of them. Not to mention, SU took three penalties in the third period, while trying to erase a three-goal deficit. 


Furthermore, Penn State had its backup goaltender, Katie DeSa, in net. The sophomore has only played in one game before this weekend this season and doesn’t have a whole lot of experience at the collegiate level. Therefore, Syracuse needed to come out and fire as many shots as it could on the net to try and rattle the young netminder.


All in all, Syracuse escapes the weekend with a conference win against the best team in the CHA. The Orange have a little less than a week to recover before they take on Robert Morris next Friday and Saturday. Game times are at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.