"I felt we made a mistake in building a baseball field. I thought that should have been the ice skating rink, because I think hockey in this state right now, not just hockey, but ice skating, if you come up to our office building at 6:00 in the morning, some mornings you can't get a parking spot because parents have taken their kids up here to skate...I think hockey will be a great addition to our intercollegiate program. [The Pegula gift] is a great, great gift. And I think very far-sighted and I'm really pleased with it." - Joe Paterno

Friday, January 4, 2013

W: Penn State 10 vs. Chatham (NCAA DIII) 0



The Nittany Lion women (6-12-1, 1-8-1 CHA) mauled NCAA Division III Chatham (1-8-0, 0-6-0 ECAC West) 10-0 to open the spring semester schedule Friday night at the Ice Pavilion.

Severely overmatched almost from puck drop, the Cougars - who lined up with just seven forwards and four defenders - witnessed PSU put on a stat-padding clinic. Nine of the Nittany Lions' ten goals came at even strength, helping every single PSU skater improve her plus-minus, with the defense tandem of Sarah Wilkie and Jordin Pardoski, along with forward Hannah Hoenshell, leading the way with +4 ratings. Additionally, every skater except Wilkie, Birdie Shaw and Lindsay Reihl registered at least one point and goaltenders Nicole Paniccia, Celine Whitlinger and Brooke Meyer each took one period of a shutout effort.

It's probably not worth recapping each goal in great detail, but here are a few of the highlights:
  • After a surprisingly even first eight minutes of the game, Shannon Yoxheimer scored her team-high 11th and 12th goals of the season in rapid succession. The first came on the power play, with Jess Desorcie locating the Michigander slicing through the middle for the shot, while the second was a wicked snipe off of the rush just after a Paniccia blocker save.
  • Hannah Hoenshell, who has to have some of the sauciest mitts in college hockey, scored two of her own - the first came just 26 seconds after Yoxheimer's second, while the other was a beautiful drag around besieged Cougars goalie Megan Buchanan late in the second period.
  • Tess Weaver scored her first-ever NCAA goal at 17:06 of the first period, when she popped one past Buchanan from the right-wing circle in transition.
  • Weaver skated on a line with Kendra Rasmussen and Darby Kern. All three had outstanding games, with Kern asserting a case for a continued increase in ice time. Her chip and retrieval around CU defender Abby Maier, along with the subsequent centering pass, set up one of Rasmussen's two goals.
  • Last, but certainly not least, birthday girl Jordin Pardoski got the best present any hockey girl can get: a gino. Her blast at 7:54 of the second period officially turned the game from lopsided to a full-on rout.
PSU will try for a duplicate effort - while Chatham will try for better - Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Ice Pavilion.


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