PRINCETON, N.J. (1/28/14) - Senior Sally Butler and junior Ali Pankowski both had three-point games and junior Brianna Leahy scored twice including the game winner as the Princeton women's hockey team defeated Penn State 6-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 28
The game marked the Princeton's (10-8-3) first game in more than two weeks as athletic competition was suspended for the University's semester exams. It also marked the first visit second-year program Penn State (4-20-2) has made to Hobey Baker Rink.
Senior Denna Laing, who had a two-point night, got things started early scoring 3:07 into the game, and four minutes later the Tigers forced Penn State to take a timeout as Leahy tallied her first of the night. Freshman Molly Strabley earned her second point of the season, on the assist on Laing's goal as she took a shot from the right point and Laing was on the weak side to pop the puck into the open net.
Senior Gabie Figueroa earned assists on the first two goals. On the Tigers' second goal, Figueroa intercepted a pass just inside the neutral zone and sent the puck back in behind the Penn State goal. Leahy sped to the puck and wrapped it around the right post and past netminder Nicole Paniccia.
Penn State made it a one-goal game at 8:42 with Paniccia earning an assist on the play. She turned away a Princeton shot and Taylor Gross picked up the puck along the left boards and centered for Amy Peterson who skated in one-on-one for the goal.
The Tigers pushed the lead back to two with a power-play goal by Pankowski at 16:03 when her shot found its way through traffic. Freshman Cassidy Tucker and Butler assisted on the goal.
Leahy padded the lead less than two minutes later when she redirected a shot from freshman Kelsey Koelzer, who played on defense tonight, as Princeton took a 4-1 lead into the first intermission.
Butler scored the only goal of the second period, a power-play goal at 19:36, to push the Tigers' lead to 5-1. Butler was right on top of netminder Celine Whitlinger, who came in on relief of Paniccia at the start of the period, and tipped in a shot from Pankowski after she received a cross-ice pass from senior Rose Alleva.
Butler and Pankowski teammed up again for the final goal at 4:11 of the third. Pankowski stopped a clearing attempt and fed Butler along the left boards who found a hole and the goal.
Princeton was 2 for 2 on the power play and 3 for 3 on the penalty kill, while outshooting Penn State 50-16.
Sophomore Kimberly Newell made nine saves in the win for Princeton. Paniccia made 15 saves in the first period and allowed four, while Whitligner made 29 saves across two periods and gave up two goals.
Princeton returns to ECAC action this weekend when it hosts No. 5 Harvard and Dartmouth.