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PSU Womens' Hockey Falls in OT

The Nittany Lions were up early, 2-0, but Syracuse came back to win it 4-3 in OT.
UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State women’s hockey looked to come away with its first win over Syracuse in program history, but fell 4-3 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena. The Nittany Lions had leads of 2-0 and 3-2, however, the Orange eked out the victory.
 
Penn State (2-9-1, 0-4-0) started strong with a goal 3:28 left in the first period off a Kendra Rasmussen (Sartell, Minn.) deflection of a Madison Smiddy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) blast from the point. Jill Holdcroft (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.) won a faceoff deep in the Syracuse zone and pitched it back to Smiddy who one-timed the shot toward the net.  The goal was Rasmussen’s first of the season, while Smiddy and Holdcroft marked their first assists of the year.
 
Five minutes into the second period, Penn State doubled the lead as an opportunistic Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) swept a loose puck home amidst a scramble in front of the net. The goal was the fourth of the season by Gross.
 
Syracuse (6-4-0, 2-0-0 CHA) responded just 49 seconds from the end of the second period on a power play goal by Akane Hosoyamada, who cashed in on a rebound of Caitlin Roach’s shot from the point.  Three-and-a-half minutes into the third period, the Orange tied the game on a Nicole Ferrara unassisted effort. 
 
Penn State answered to take the lead again as Amy Petersen (Minnetonka, Minn.) wristed in her first collegiate goal seven minutes into the period. Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) entered the zone down the left wing and found a streaking Petersen who beat one defender before shooting. The helper was Hoenshell’s fifth of the season.
 
The Orange pressed down the stretch to force overtime, equalizing on a Danielle Leslie shot from the slot that floated by Celine Whitlinger (Garden Grove, Calif.) with 6:06 remaining in the period. Whitlinger saved 51 shots on Sunday to keep the Nittany Lions in position to win including stopping the first 34 shots of the game.
 
Just 1:27 into overtime, Jessica Sibley knocked home the game-winner to complete the comeback for the Orange as they improved to 6-0-0 all-time against Penn State. Three of the last four contests have been decided by a single goal.  The leads for Penn State were the first for the Lions in series history, while the three goals were the most in a single game against the Orange.
 
Syracuse held a 55-23 edge in shots and both teams went 1-for-6 on the power play.
 
Penn State continues CHA play with a two-game road set at RIT Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.).

--PSU Media Relations
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