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Quick Goals, Lockdown Defense Fuel Semester-Closing Win Over Delaware

Carly Szyszko's spectacular second-period goal gave PSU a 3-0 lead

First-period goals 1:38 apart from Taylor Nyman and Devon Fisk, as well as second-period tallies within 1:07 from Carly Szyszko and Geneva Wagoner, were more than enough support for Mary Kate Tonetti's second consecutive shutout, as Penn State bested Delaware 4-0 to complete a sweep of the Blue Hens Sunday afternoon in Altoona.

With the victory, the WIHC closed the fall semester at 11-1-1 overall and in sole possession of first place in College Hockey East with a 6-1-1 league mark. Additionally, PSU will almost certainly be the top-ranked eastern team in next week's ACHA Division 2 poll, as the squad has decisively won each of its games since first securing the number one spot last month.

As in the series opener, Penn State jumped on the board early with two goals, securing all the offense that would be needed in the first 3:06 of the contest.

Nyman dented twine first. Only moments after stepping on the ice during a change, she located a loose puck near the line, walked into the high slot, and fired through. It was the first goal of the season for the junior from Souderton, PA. Sophomore Fisk doubled the lead with a typical Fisk goal that involved creating havoc down low, winning the puck, and twisting UD goalie Sarah Ehrlich into a pretzel before finishing.

While a two-goal lead is often called the worst in hockey, the efforts of blueliners Ashton Schaffer, Cassie Dunne, Allie Rothman and Kim Badorrek kept the game fairly secure, allowing only five Delaware shots through two periods and beating the Hens at their own game by controlling the middle third of the ice.

As it turned out, Penn State would nearly match that figure, but with goal scoring.

After several near-misses, including three of note from Fisk, the Blue Hens began to gain traction midway though the second period. However, forward Jackie Saideh's work in the defensive zone helped relieve some intense pressure, which was followed by Nina Elia finding the third member of their line, Carly Szyszko, streaking through center. The senior captain took the pass and split the defense before beating Ehrlich high for some welcome insurance. Sixty-seven seconds later, freshman sensation Geneva Wagoner closed the scoring by pounding in a rebound, from Fisk.

Tonetti offered a stellar encore to her 21-save shutout on Saturday. She stopped all 17 shots she saw on Sunday - including 12 in the third period - to complete the weekend blanking of the Hens and a stint as perhaps the best emergency goaltender in history with 102 spotless minutes in the crease.

Following winter break, Penn State will return to action on January 18th and 19th with a key CHE series at archrival West Chester, with puck drops scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively.

Box Score


First Period
Scoring
1. Penn State, Taylor Nyman (unassisted); 1:28; 2. Penn State, Devon Fisk (unassisted), 3:06.
Penalties
None.
Second Period
Scoring
3. Penn State, Carly Szyszko (Nina Elia), 7:20; 4. Penn State, Geneva Wagoner (Devon Fisk), 8:27.
Penalties
None.
Third Period
Scoring
None.
Penalties
None.
Goaltending
Penn State: Mary Kate Tonetti: W, 17 saves/17 shots. Delaware: Sarah Ehrlich: L, 24 saves/28 shots.