New Hampshire Upended By Penn State, 3-1

Senior forward Hannah Armstrong scored a goal for the Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:44  PSU1-0 EV Sarah Nielsen (3)Caitlin Reilly/7, Hannah Bramm/4
2nd 10:48  UNH1-1 EV Hannah Armstrong (4)Amy Boucher/3
2nd 17:16  PSU2-1 EV GW Emily Laurenzi (1)Shannon Yoxheimer/6
3rd 3:00  PSU3-1 EV Hannah Bramm (5)Caitlin Reilly/8, Sarah Nielsen/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Penn State  1113
New Hampshire  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Penn State  67619
New Hampshire  12111033
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Penn State (13-10-3)  0/1 0/0 0
New Hampshire (7-17-1)  0/0 1/2 0
Penn State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Celine Whitlinger (W, 9-5-0)60:001 12101032
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 6-14-1)58:163 56516
Empty Net1:440     

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team recorded a 33-19 shot advantage but scored just one goal by Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) in Saturday afternoon's 3-1 non-conference loss to Penn State University at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which entered the game on a season-best three-game win streak, is now 7-17-1 overall. Penn State improved to 13-10-3 following its first win in four lifetime meetings vs. New Hampshire. The Wildcats prevailed 2-0 Friday night.

UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) was credited with 16 saves. PSU counterpart Celine Whitlinger made double-digit saves all three periods (12-10-10) for a total of 32.

Sarah Nielsen and Hannah Bramm both tallied a goal and an assist and Catilin Reilly also recorded multiple points with two assists to propel the Nittany Lions' offense. Emily Laurenzi scored PSU's other goal.

In the fifth minute of the game, Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) led a rush and found Nicoline Jensen (Rodovre, Denmark) in front but the latter was stoned by Whitlinger.

Penn State's three multiple-point scorers combined to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at 8:44 of the first period. Bramm carried the puck into the left circle left a drop pass for Reilly, who skated to the slot and pushed the puck forward to Nielsen, who shoved the puck into the cage.

In the 12th minute, Kate Haslett (Rothesay, New Brunswick) snapped a headman pass through the neutral zone to Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.), who carried the puck into the left circle. Mork feathered a centering pass to Jensen, whose redirection was stopped by Whitlinger.

PSU took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission despite New Hampshire's 12-6 shot advantage.

In the opening minute of the second stanza, Amy Petersen snuck behind the defense down the slot. She maneuvered toward the right circle before firing a puck that ricocheted off Vaattovaara's left shoulder into the right corner.

UNH tied the score, 1-1, at 10:48. Armstrong won the battle for possession in front of the Wildcats' bench and fed the puck to Boucher, who sliced down the slot and left a drop pass for Armstrong, who in turn rifled a shot into the cage.

The Nittany Lions regained the lead, 2-1, at 17:16. Shannon Yoxheimer gained possession in the left corner and walked out to the circle. Vaattovaara made the initial save, but Laurenzi corralled the rebound deep on the right side and lifted a shot into the net.

Penn State extended the advantage to 3-1 at 3:00 of the third period on Bramm's goal. Nielsen, with the outlet pass from the defensive zone, and Reilly set up the tally.

One minute later, Jensen's tape-to-tape pass connected with Mork at the opposite blue line. Mork cut through the right circle and her bid from the right doorstep was denied by Whitlinger.

Midway through the final frame, Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) flipped a pass through the neutral zone to spring Curtis alone down the slot. Curtis attempted to deke Whitlinger at the top of the crease, but the goalie held her ground for the save.

PSU called time out with two minutes remaining and Vaattovaara was pulled in favor of an extra skater. The Nittany Lions cleared the puck 20 seconds later but were whistled for an offsides infraction before shooting into the empty net to keep the margin at two goals.

Vaattovaara reentered the game but returned to the bench with 80 seconds to play. Penn State kept the 'Cats at bay, however, and did not allow a shot the rest of the way.

New Hampshire continues its six-game homestand Jan. 31 against the University of Maine. The Wildcats and Black Bears also face off Feb. 1. Both games begin at 2 p.m.