No. 14 Penn State (1-0-0) defeated No. 3 Wisconsin (0-1-0) 4-1 in exciting model to open up its season on Thursday at Pegula Ice Arena.
After taking place 1-0 on a Wisconsin shorthanded purpose, Penn State rallied to attain 4 unanswered targets in the second one and 3rd sessions. Tessa Janecke, who was once named the CHA preseason Rookie of the Year, scored two of the ones targets.
How It Happened
Kiara Zanon and Olivia Wallin began on Penn State’s first line along Eleri Mackay, the senior switch from Colgate. Meanwhile, Izzy Heminger and freshman Kendall Butze got the nod at the best defensive pairing.
Both groups had been back-and-forth to start out the sport. Wisconsin began with a deadly two-on-one scoring probability after a turnover, however goaltender Josie Bothun temporarily put the Badger assault to relaxation. The Nittany Lions seized momentum and took more than one pictures on purpose, however they had been again and again denied via Wisconsin goaltender Cami Kronish.
Penn State took the primary energy play of the sport after ahead Maddie Wheeler were given booked for tripping. However, Wisconsin’s Casey O’Brien spoke back via scoring a short-handed two-on-one purpose to make it 1-0 for the Badgers at 14:17 within the first length.
Penn State had a number of spectacular probabilities throughout the rest of the length, however couldn’t get it executed in opposition to Kronish and Wisconsin’s protection. The Nittany Lions outshot the Badgers 10-8, however Wisconsin’s 5 blocked pictures made the adaptation within the opening slate.
Wisconsin went at the energy play to start out the second one length, with freshman Tessa Janecke booked for frame checking. Penn State killed it, with Bothun making a fantastic save in opposition to a one-timer.
Then, at 8:08 within the length, Janecke sniped the puck into the again of the web to equalize the sport 1-1. The CHA preseason Rookie of the Year had made her mark in her collegiate debut.
Once once more, Janecke took a penalty, this time for tripping. Bothun’s ability was once on complete show, with more than one saves to effectively kill the penalty.
Janecke got here out of the field like a heat-seeking missile, stealing the puck and putting in place a two-on-one, which Kronish slightly stopped.
Then, with Penn State having complete momentum, Zanon tapped the puck into the Wisconsin internet at 11:57 in the second one length to present the Nittany Lions a 2-1 lead, its first of the sport.
Oddly sufficient, Karley Garcia took a penalty instantly after Penn State grabbed the lead for its 2nd consecutive penalty proper after a purpose was once scored. Penn State stored Wisconsin at bay as soon as once more. The 2nd length ended with Penn State up 2-1.
Things had been contentious to start out the 3rd length. Wisconsin took a penalty to begin, then instantly took any other for cross-checking. Penn State took complete benefit of its energy play, with Janecke discovering the again of the web for the second one time of the night time at 6:32 within the 3rd length to make it 3-1 Penn State.
Penn State persisted to outplay Wisconsin during the length. Everything was once in sync, with the offense getting more than one scoring probabilities and Bothun last forged in purpose.
Wisconsin pulled Kronish, and Julie Gough scored an empty-netter to make it 4-1 Penn State with not up to one minute last in legislation. Penn State disillusioned a heavyweight to start out its season, defeating Wisconsin 4-1.
- Tessa Janecke was once unbelievable in her debut. Aside from scoring two times, the CHA preseason Rookie of the Year incessantly made her mark at the sport via flying to the puck more than one instances, putting in place unhealthy scoring probabilities greater than as soon as.
- Josie Bothun was once remarkable in Penn State’s victory. The junior netminder stopped 27 pictures in opposition to a menacing Wisconsin offense.
- Although Penn State received, giving up a shorthanded purpose is unacceptable. That won’t fly in long term matchups, particularly in opposition to groups of Wisconsin’s caliber.
Penn State and Wisconsin will end the collection day after today on Friday, September 23 with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.