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VIDEO: PSU Women's Hockey Blanked at Mercyhurst

Despite 35 shots on goal, Nittany Lions fall 7-0 to Lady Lakers.
ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA - The Penn State women’s hockey team fired 35 shots, but was unable to stop a potent Laker attack in a 7-0 loss at the Mercyhurst Ice Center Friday afternoon.
 
Mercyhurst (11-5-2, 4-2-1 CHA) struck first on a Kaleigh Chippy effort just 5:48 into the contest. The lead doubled a little over six minutes later with a Jenna Dingeldein goal at 12:08. The first-period scoring was capped by Christine Bestland as she put home a 4-on-4 tally with 56 seconds remaining. The Lakers out-shot Penn State, 16-8, in the opening frame.
 
The Mercyhurst onslaught continued in the second period’s first minute as Chippy tallied a power-play goal just 43 ticks in. Paige Horton padded the lead 8:08 into the period before Bestland added her second goal of the game at 11:47 for a 6-0 advantage. MU led in shots 16-9 for a 32-17 edge through two periods.
 
The third period was not as lively for either team as Mercyhurst posted one goal as Bestland completed the hat trick with 4:38 remaining in the contest. Penn State owned an 18-9 edge in shots during the third period, but Amanda Makela (35 saves) was there for all the stops.
 
Despite the seven-goal disadvantage, Penn State showed itself much more offensive than in the four meetings with the Lakers last year. The Lakers out-shot Penn State 41-35, by far the fewest allowed by the Nittany Lions in series history and the most taken by PSU.  Mercyhurst averaged 61.3 shots per game against the Nittany Lions, while Penn State mustered just 12.8 shots per game.
 
Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) and Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) were Penn State’s best weapons with eight and nine shots, respectively, the most by a Nittany Lion since Yoxheimer tallied eight against Lindenwood on Feb. 8, 2013.
 
Nittany Lion goaltender Celine Whitlinger (Garden Grove, Calif.) made 34 saves in net. Penn State earned a 36-31 margin in faceoff victories with Laura Bowman (Minnetonka, Minn.) owning a 12-4 record at the faceoff dot.
 
The two teams return to the ice to complete the two-game series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. opening faceoff at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
 
--Penn State Athletic Communications
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