Penn State Pulls Away Late to Blast Delaware, Capture Series

Devon Fisk's four-point afternoon fried the Blue Hens on Sunday

Devon Fisk scored twice and added a pair of assists, Geneva Wagoner added a goal and two assists of her own, and eight other players recorded points in the Women's Ice Hockey Club's 6-1 rout of Delaware Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Penn State has completed its opening turn through its College Hockey East rivals with a first-place 4-1-1 mark, part of an 8-1-1 overall record.

In many ways, the contest was a more successful do-over of Saturday night's tie with the Blue Hens.

As in that affair, Delaware struck first early in the opening period, and from nearly the identical spot on the ice - high in the left wing circle, through a crowd - after UD pressure began with an innocent-looking 2-on-2 rush. This time, the tally came from the stick of Danielle Marten from Samantha Testa and Alexx Good.

Penn State, again, responded with force. This time around though, the numerous chances generated by the team frequently found the back of the net.

Five minutes after Marten scored, Anna Marcus pulled Penn State even from the slot after Wagoner's fantastic effort to retain the puck behind UD goalie Sarah Ehrlich and get it out in front. In the waning moments of the first period Allie Rothman, the WIHC's goal scorer on Saturday, executed an end-to-end rush. The senior from West Chester, PA wasn't able to finish this time around, but Mary Kate Tonetti arrived just in time to pot the rebound and put the blue and white ahead for good with 32 seconds left.

Delaware had several chances to pull back to even in the middle 17 minutes, but Katie Vaughan (who finished with 21 saves) kept the door shut, perhaps most notably with a spectacular shoulder stop of UD's Katie Smith midway though after Smith walked in front from the corner.

Fisk made things a bit more secure late in the frame by flipping one home from in tight after Wagoner made a play on the rebound of a Tara Soukup blast. That goal opened the door to a productive third period that turned the final score into a rout.

Wagoner pushed the lead to 4-1 after a blistering tape-to-tape feed from Soukup deep in the PSU zone set the freshman star in on a breakaway. Fisk did the honors for the fifth goal using her trademark stickhandling abilities after receiving from Taylor Nyman to work to the inside of the circle with 4:25 left in the match. Finally, senior captain Carly Szyszko put a bow on the contest with a backhander after working in from the wall once Rothman and Cassie Dunne got the puck low.

Notably, Sunday's win took place on the closing date for the first ACHA Women's Division 2 poll of the season, with the victory certainly helping Penn State's case for high placement in the rankings, which are expected out in the coming week.

The WIHC will return to Pegula Ice Arena to face Slippery Rock on Friday night at 9:00 p.m.

Box Score

First Period
1. Delaware, Danielle Marten (Samantha Testa, Alexx Good), 4:37; 2. Penn State, Anna Marcus (Geneva Wagoner, Devon Fisk), 9:22; 3. Penn State, Mary Kate Tonetti (Allie Rothman), 16:28.
Second Period
4. Penn State, Devon Fisk (Geneva Wagoner, Tara Soukup), 14:37.
1. Delaware, Bench (2:00 too many players on the ice), 4:42.
Third Period
5. Penn State, Geneva Wagoner (Tara Soukup, Ashton Schaffer), 7:49; 6. Penn State, Devon Fisk (Taylor Nyman, Mary Kate Tonetti), 12:35; 7. Penn State, Carly Szyszko (Allie Rothman, Cassie Dunne), 14:43.
Penn State: Katie Vaughan: W, 21 saves/22 shots. Delaware: Sarah Ehrlich: L, 12 saves/18 shots.