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Penn State Can't Separate From Delaware, Settles for 1-1 Tie


Allie Rothman's second-period goal pulled the Women's Ice Hockey Club even with Delaware on Saturday evening at UD's Fred Rust Ice Arena, but neither team could find a subsequent winner as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie.

The draw snapped Penn State's winning streak at five, although a six-game unbeaten run remains intact. More importantly, the WIHC is still in first place in College Hockey East with a 3-1-1 league record, part of a 7-1-1 overall mark.

Right from puck drop, things began at a furious pace, with the teams trading chances - the contest was interrupted just twice by whistles in the first seven minutes. One of the initial stoppages after that, however, proved instrumental in the final outcome.

Delaware landed the opening blow with 7:42 left in the opening period off of the stick of star freshman Alexx Good, who floated a shot all the way through from the top of the left-wing circle. The goal came during a delayed high sticking call to PSU's Tara Soukup.

The blue and white responded well, and began throwing everything it had at Delaware goalie Sarah Ehrlich, who finished with 28 saves. In a theme that would continue for most of the final 39 minutes of the match, Carly Szyszko, Devon Fisk, Geneva Wagoner, Cassie Dunne, Anna Marcus and Mary Kate Tonetti took turns generating close calls, none of which found the back of the net.

Rothman was finally able to get PSU on the board midway through the second period on a spectacular end-to-end rush that began when she received the puck from Lucy Yeatman and finished when she went to the backhand in front and tucked around Ehrlich.

Before and after Rothman's goal, the WIHC earned a pair of power play opportunities, with the work of Szyszko and Dunne drawing calls to UD's Courtney Mocko and Jess Blasnik, respectively. However, Ehrlich and the Blue Hens escaped each time.

Things ended much as they began, with a fast-paced third period and overtime that featured no penalties or, obviously, goals. Penn State outshot Delaware 29-19 over the entire game and 21-13 during the OT session and the final two frames of regulation.

PSU goalie Katie Vaughan finished with 18 vital stops and is now 5-1-1 this season.

The two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. to close the series.

Box Score


First Period
Scoring
1. Delaware, Alexx Good (unassisted), 9:18.
Penalties
1. Penn State, Tara Soukup (2:00 high sticking), 9:18.
Second Period
Scoring
2. Penn State, Allie Rothman (Lucy Yeatman), 7:23.
Penalties
2. Delaware, Courtney Mocko (2:00 tripping), 1:35; 3. Delaware, Jess Blasnik (2:00 hooking), 9:37; 4. Penn State, Devon Fisk (2:00 tripping), 10:51.
Third Period
Scoring
None.
Penalties
None.
Overtime
Scoring
None.
Penalties
None.
Goaltending
Penn State: Katie Vaughan: T, 18 saves/19 shots. Delaware: Sarah Ehrlich: T, 28 saves/29 shots.