Syracuse’s Second Consecutive Overtime Game Ends in Tie Against Penn State
By Noah Cierzan
CitrusTV Women’s Ice Hockey Beat Reporter
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Despite Syracuse’s tough loss to St. Lawrence, Victoria Klimek was awarded CHA player of the week after her one goal and one assist performance. She followed up the honor by putting the Orange on the board first, five minutes into the first period against Penn State.
Syracuse was poised to go into the first intermission with a lead, but Savannah Rennie got called for hooking and the Nittany Lions scored on a power play. The score was 1-1 with five minutes remaining in the first period, and it would stay that way the rest of the game.
Syracuse (2-11-1, 1-1-1 College Hockey America) ended its second consecutive overtime game in a tie against Penn State (3-6-4, 0-2-1 CHA), securing one point in the CHA standings.
Both goaltenders had fantastic games in net. SU’s Allison Small posted a .963 save percentage while PSU’s Chantal Burke posted a .960. They both did this even when facing man down situations with Small facing five power plays and Burke facing three. For Small, it was her best performance of the season.
SU’s defensive paring of Jessica DiGirolamo and Mae Batherson also continued to shine as they combined for 12 shots with eight coming on goal. DiGirolamo came into the game ranked 28th in the country in points per game for a defender with .69 ppg.
While the defensemen excelled today for the Orange, the forwards struggled. Penn State dominated in the face-off circle, winning 36 of the 58 faceoffs.
SU will have a chance at redemption tomorrow when they take once again take on Penn State. Syracuse could earn get two more points in the CHA standings.
Sunday’s game is at 2 pm, once again held in Happy Valley.
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