PSU Sinks Navy, 9-1

Mandy Mortach scored four times against Navy on Sunday afternoon.

Navy forgot that they were scheduled to play a hockey game on Sunday afternoon and nearly didn't show up at the McMullen Hockey Arena in Annapolis, MD. Penn State made them wish that they hadn't remembered.

After some undoubtedly surprising phone calls and texts to team members, the Midshipmen were assembled with some delay. Initially, there was talk of gaining help from the under-19s on the ice before the scheduled 1:55 p.m. start or even of just giving the time to Penn State as a practice session. But in the end, there was a game of three 15-minute periods, and by all accounts, Navy's regular roster constituted the opponent.

It wasn't much of a game, though.

Mandy Mortach scored four times and added two assists, while five other players enjoyed multi-point games as No. 4 Penn State climbed to 5-1-1 with a 9-1 rout of the Naval Academy.

After a fairly slow and even start, Elizabeth Denis opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 with Devon Fisk 6:30 into the game. From there the floodgates opened, as just 28 seconds later, Carly Szyszko put back the rebound of a Tara Soukup shot. By the end of the first period, PSU had a 5-0 lead after Fisk created a turnover and fired home, Mortach buried a second rebound goal started by a Soukup shot during a PSU power play - then added her second four minutes later.

Navy did get a goal back on a rebound effort with 4:06 remaining in the second period, but not before Mary Kate Tonetti's redirection of a Szyszko pass followed by Tonetti's assist of a Mortach laser from the high slot pushed the game into blowout status.

In addition to Denis, and her goal in her re-introduction to Penn State hockey, Taylor Nyman made a highly-successful debut with the team. She scored the game's final goal from just outside of the blue paint while assisting on two others, including a late helper to Mortach on a 2-on-0 that she easily could have taken herself.

Katie Vaughan started in goal and gave way to Sarah Eisenhut after the first period. Both were outstanding, combining for 16 saves and continuing PSU's three-month streak of not allowing more than one goal in a game.

Next up, Penn State will travel to the Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, PA in two weeks for a gigantic weekend series with the second-ranked WCU Golden Rams. The first game will be January 26th at 5:15 p.m., while the back half of the will be played January 27th at 12:45 p.m.

Postgame Comments

Club president Tonetti and team captain Szyszko offered their thoughts following the game.


Here are the first eight Penn State goals.

Box Score

First Period
1. Penn State, Elizabeth Denis (Devon Fisk), 6:30; 2. Penn State, Carly Szyszko (Tara Soukup, Mandy Mortach), 6:58; 3. Penn State, Devon Fisk (unassisted), 9:08; 4. Penn State, Mandy Mortach (Devon Fisk, Tara Soukup), 9:37 (power play); 5. Penn State, Mandy Mortach (Taylor Nyman, Allie Rothman), 13:30.
1. Navy, No. 8 (2:00 penalty), 9:08.
Second Period
6. Penn State, Mary Kate Tonetti (Carly Szyszko, Mandy Mortach), 1:32; 7. Penn State, Mandy Mortach (Mary Kate Tonetti), 6:24; 8. Navy, No. 12, 10:54.
Third Period
9. Penn State, Mandy Mortach (Taylor Nyman, Nina Elia), 6:02; 10. Penn State, Taylor Nyman (Devon Fisk), 9:55.
2. Navy, Jacqui Drew (2:00 penalty), 2:25.
Penn State: Katie Vaughan: W, 6/6; Sarah Eisenhut (0:00 2nd): 10/11.