Meet the WIHC: Jordan Chiavacci


Year: Senior

Major: Biobehavioral health, after previously trying out forensic science and kinesiology

Hometown: Wyoming, PA

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

Size: 5-foot-4, 135 pounds

Previous Team: It's complicated


The team's rivalry with Rhode Island: "I feel that the team hates URI because they have beaten us throughout the season. But being involved on many different teams in a variety of different sports, I started to realize over time that you tend to have a more competitive edge and a stronger rivalry with teams who are heavier on the skill side, and you know you always have to go the extra mile to come out with a win. And I feel URI was that for us last year."

How she decided to start playing hockey: "The moment where everything finally clicked for me was after attending my first hockey game, when I was in fourth or fifth grade. Being able to see Marc-Andre Fleury, Colby Armstrong and many other players (with her hometown Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) really helped my love for the sport grow so much. I finally got involved with hockey in middle school, my grandparents were the ones who got me into a learn to play class and took me every week. Ever since, I have been on the ice having my love for the sport grow more and more."

Her favorite NHL player, the New Jersey Devils' Beau Bennett: "Beau also has a rather unconventional background as well, playing mostly inline up until he was 15 years old, about the same time that I started. That is something that drives me to play the way I play. A lot of people tell me 'oh you started playing so late, you'll never make it as a high level hockey player.' If that doesn't light a fire under someone, I don't know what does. Beau is a perfect example of a player who started late and has accomplished so much in a hockey career, you can't do anything but respect him. Which is why he is my favorite player, and why I wear the number 19 (Bennett's former number while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins)."

Playing a wide variety of sports in addition to hockey: "I was Wyoming Valley Conference MVP for my senior year of high school in soccer and played volleyball in high school and at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, but actually, what most people don't know was that I was also a ballerina for 13 years. I mostly danced at competitive levels in several competitions throughout the state, and some in other states as well. A lot of my discipline comes from dancing. It also developed a lot of strength in my leg muscles, and I owe most of my athletic success to dancing. I was also involved in karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu for some time. From dancing and martial arts, I have always looked at sports somewhat like a science or art form. Everything you do, every movement you make, is all so precise and is done for a specific reason, and when it is all put together it makes a complete picture, and that just makes you feel so good about the work and training you have put in to get there."

Frequent changes in her position and linemates: "Whether it be the position I play or the people I play with, I use the changes between center and wing to my benefit, to help me be a more all-around player. It gives you a better perspective and helps things flow more fluently, especially when you get caught up in an area and have to take over another player's position. While I've had several linemates this season, Madison Dwyer and I get along rather well with each other on and off the ice, so there's always good chemistry there."

Her status as the team's most-tattooed player: "I put more ink on my body then I do on a scoresheet, I guess you can say. I currently have 12 tattoos total, and planning to get more. My first one was a 16th birthday present, it's an anchor on my left foot."

Her favorite thing about attending Penn State: "My favorite thing about attending Penn State is definitely this team. I would say being a part of this team and making all the friends I have made here through the program has been something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I know that sounds sappy, and I'm not a sappy person, but I'll be honest, if it wasn't for playing on this team I probably would have continued (with school) locally."

What makes the Women's Ice Hockey Club unique: "Something that makes our team unique is that we all come from different hockey backgrounds. Some girls played on high-level travel teams, others started later and are newer to the sport. But the best part is that once we step on the ice, our backgrounds don't matter anymore and we all drive one another to reach a common goal, to win. Another thing that makes us unique is that we may not drawn as much of a crowd as our NCAA teams, but the parents who come out to our games, make trips to our away games, and feed us both at home and on the road really make this not only feel like a program but like a huge family. I can't thank the parents enough for everything they do to help us make this happen. So thanks moms and dads!"

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Victory the Easy Way: Northeastern Forfeits Next Sunday's Game

The Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Club's scheduled game at Northeastern next Sunday, October 30th, has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict at NU's home Matthews Arena. The game will not be made up, and will be recorded as a 1-0 forfeit win for Penn State.

The Lady Ice Lions, who improve to 2-3-0 both overall and in the ECWHL with the result, will still make their planned trip to New England next weekend, as a Friday-Saturday series at rival Rhode Island remains on the schedule. Those contests are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively, from Kingston, RI. The cancellation with the Huskies, somewhat fortuitously, allows a shortened trip and an extra day between the URI games and PSU's subsequent task, a road meeting with current No. 5 Adrian on November 4th and 5th.

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Meet the WIHC: Tarika Embar


Year: Junior

Major: Kinesiology with a movement science option, with the intent to go to the University of Pittsburgh for PT school

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Right

Size: 5-foot-9, 145 pounds

Previous Team: Steel City Selects U19


What the team needs to work on coming out of the UMass games: "We need to be able to communicate and function as a whole. We started to generate good plays in the offensive zone but continued to fall short in our defensive zone so I definitely think a lot of work can be done there. Many players like myself also need to focus on the little things, like puck possession, in order to be able to make the big plays. We have the goalie to protect us defensively, now we just need to be able to generate plays that go further than the neutral zone."

The flexibility offered by the play of goalie Meg Lydick: "Having Meg in net really increases our ability to play a much more offensive game than last year. She has our back and more times than not saves us when we need it most."

Her reputation among teammates as a hard worker: "I work hard for everything I do because I won’t let myself settle for less than my best. It’s been a conscious effort for hockey because I always have a lot to learn and even when I think I'm working as hard as I can there’s always something that can be improved upon. I don’t think I'll ever be the person who can just go through the motions without putting my heart into it as well."

Why she wears number 41: "I've somehow always been 41. It's the year my dad was born, and he passed away when I was in elementary school. I wanted a number that would always mean something to me and I use it as motivation to work hard because I know that no matter what, he'll always be proud of what I do."

The idea of scheduling the University of Pittsburgh, where twin sister and former WIHC member Emma Embar now plays, next year: "It depends on how their season goes. They’re just starting out and have a lot of girls new to the sport. If it will help them, I would love to play them. I have never actually played against Emma. Since we started playing hockey freshman year of high school, we have always been on the same team, so it would be a completely new experience if we ever did end up playing Pitt."

What makes the Women's Ice Hockey Club unique: "Our team is unique compared to others out there because of the amount of work that we have to put in to get the results that we want. When I joined as a freshman, we didn’t seem to have much trouble at all making it to nationals. As players graduate, the team becomes younger and we have to remake ourselves into a team that can win in a way that maybe not everyone is used to. I think our ability to face adversity makes us unique."

Her favorite thing about attending Penn State: "My favorite spot on campus besides Pegula would have to be the Armory, which is the huge garage-looking attachment to the Wagner Building. It's called the Armory because all of the ROTC branches use it for formations, labs, and training but it is also used by our CrossFit Club. One of my favorite non-academic things about attending Penn State is, although it is a huge school, joining smaller groups really makes it feel like the greatest home away from home that someone could have. CrossFit Club is one of those groups and no matter how hard of a week or horrible of a day I am having, they make me feel like what I’m doing matters and the environment is always so supportive."

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Penn State Drops Series Capper to No. 2 UMass by Identical 3-0 Score

A new day always brings new opportunities, but sometimes it also brings the same results.

Michaela Tosone, Serena Nally and Sonja Klumpp each scored for No. 2 Massachusetts on Saturday evening at Galactic Ice in Altoona, PA as the Minutewomen used territorial dominance and a slow-building scoreline to defeat the Women's Ice Hockey Club by a 3-0 count to match Friday's series opener.

With the defeat, the Lady Ice Lions are now 1-3-0 both overall and within the ECWHL. The conference-leading Minutewomen are 7-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the league.

For Penn State, the game's easy highlight was freshman goalie Meg Lydick, who was spectacular in finishing with 41 saves. Lydick, who played frequently at Galactic Ice as a member of the Mid-State Mustangs program, seemed particularly comfortable during one late second-period stretch.

With 5:32 left in the frame, UMass' Amy Morin was called for tripping. What was a prime opportunity for PSU's usually-effective power play to get back into what was then a 2-0 contest quickly turned to disaster in the form of two shorthanded breakaways. Lydick made a fantastic save on the first, to 2015-16 ACHA Division 1 leading scorer Brittani Lanzilli, and forced a wide shot by JoJo Olson on the second. Less than 10 seconds after the Morin penalty ended, however, Cassie Dunne was ruled to have closed her glove on the puck while in the crease, resulting in a penalty shot to UMass' Ally Perdios.

No worries though, Lydick got that one too.

The Minutewomen did manage to get three past the Indiana, PA native. Following a scoreless first period, Tosone buried a Klumpp rebound with 13:56 remaining in the second period. Nally added her tally four minutes later on a drive from the point during a Katelyn Trask hooking call, while Klumpp capped the scoring on her first goal in UMass maroon after playing in the more conventional red of the University of Maryland as a freshman.

That offense was more than enough against a Penn State team that struggled to break the puck out of the zone all game long, and barely tested Massachusetts goalie Amber Greene when it did. PSU finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while UMass managed the Nally goal on three tries.

The Lady Ice Lions will now try to regroup for a trip to play archrival Rhode Island in two weeks, on October 28th and 29th. Puck drops for those games from Kingston, RI's Brad Boss Arena are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively.

Box Score

First Period
Second Period
1. Massachusetts, Michaela Tosone (Sonja Klumpp), 13:56; 2. Massachusetts, Serena Nally (Michaela Tosone, Ally Perdios), 9:55 (power play).
1. Penn State, Katelyn Trask (2:00 hooking), 11:09; 2. Massachusetts, Amy Morin (2:00 tripping), 5:32.
Third Period
3. Massachusetts, Sonja Klumpp (Ally Perdios, Michaela Tosone), 12:50.
3. Penn State, Kate Lombardozzi (2:00 slashing), 19:46; 4. Massachusetts, Juliana Dolan (2:00 hooking), 10:19; 5. Penn State, Kate Lombardozzi (2:00 tripping), 3:25.
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 41 saves/44 shots; Massachusetts: Amber Greene: W, 10 saves/10 shots.

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