Tonetti Collects Shutout in Crease Return as PSU Blanks UD 6-0

Mary Kate Tonetti made 21 stops in a triumphant return to the crease

It's like she never left.

Junior goaltender-turned-forward-turned goaltender Mary Kate Tonetti, filling in between the pipes while regular starter Katie Vaughan is in Italy for the World University Games, turned aside 21 shots to help Penn State to a 6-0 win over Delaware Saturday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena.

With the win, PSU improves to 10-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in College Hockey East, good for a first-place tie with California. The Blue Hens are now 5-10-2 overall and 0-7-2 in CHE.

Tonetti, a goalie her entire life until moving to forward after her freshman season with the Lady Icers program, found the blue paint welcoming in stopping everything she saw. Her final tally included nine during a crucial second period of what was then a 2-0 contest.

Offense, of course, is also needed to win games, and PSU had plenty of that to offer as well.

The WIHC emphatically shook off the slow starts and 1-0 deficits that were a theme in both games against the Hens in Newark, DE last month and grabbed a 2-0 lead just 5:20 from puck drop. On the first, freshman Geneva Wagoner took a pass from Ashton Schaffer and sped around a defender to create a 2-on-1 with Devon Fisk. Wagoner's initial try was stopped by Delaware's Sarah Ehrlich, but Fisk managed the putback well. Anna Marcus scored the second, burying from her favorite part of the ice - the slot - after Fisk had circled the zone herself, winding up behind the net.

Penn State remained in control through most of the second period, but the game still remained dangerously close at 2-0. The middle frame, at times, was characterized by missed opportunities. On one, graduate forward Elizabeth Denis just missed after going the distance from Kim Badorrek's feed. On another, Badorrek's shot was deflected in front, but squirted just wide of the post. Even the explosive Fisk was foiled after an Anna Marcus chip sent her in.

Denis finally tallied an important third goal late in the second, taking Cassie Dunne's pass off of D-to-D movement from Schaffer down the middle and scoring on a third-chancer with Taylor Nyman also earning an assist in front of the net. The geosciences scholar added a second in the third period by barreling in off left wing and crashing - literally - the net, with Ehrlich, a defender and the puck all winding up in the cage.

Lucy Yeatman and Marcus also contributed third period insurance, the former doing so just 15 seconds after the period started. Allie Rothman took the faceoff and got the puck low to Denis, who put it back in front for the freshman from Avondale, PA. Marcus, another prolific rookie, managed to push through off of a net-front scramble created, again, by Wagoner's speed.

The WIHC will close its semester in search of a sweep of Delaware Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m., with the contest being played at Galactic Ice in Altoona.

Box Score

First Period
1. Penn State, Devon Fisk (Geneva Wagoner, Ashton Schaffer); 1:40; 2. Penn State, Geneva Wagoner (Devon Fisk), 5:20.
Second Period
3. Penn State, Elizabeth Denis (Taylor Nyman), 12:17.
Third Period
4. Penn State, Lucy Yeatman (Elizabeth Denis, Allie Rothman), 0:15; 5. Penn State, Anna Marcus (Geneva Wagoner), 2:15; 6. Penn State, Elizabeth Denis (Allie Rothman), 12:30.
1. Penn State, Taylor Nyman (2:00 hooking), 3:09; 2. Penn State, Geneva Wagoner (2:00 body checking), 8:05; 3. Delaware, Jamie Moelis (2:00 high sticking), 9:31.
Penn State: Mary Kate Tonetti: W, 21 saves/21 shots. Delaware: Sarah Ehrlich: L, 18 saves/24 shots.