Freshmen Lead the Way as Lady Ice Lions Complete Sweep of UD

Katie Murphy scored her first two Lady Ice Lions goals

The Lady Ice Lions didn't have any issue turning aside Delaware for a second day in a row on Sunday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena, winning 5-0 to complete a sweep of the 2-4-0 Blue Hens to climb to 4-0-0 overall.

What was a bit different than Saturday night's 5-1 win, however, was the source of the quintet of goals.

Some of it came from the expected sources. With only 43 seconds remaining in a high-shot-volume but goal-free first period, senior Katie Murphy got Penn State on the board with a rebound goal. Darby Kern picked up an assist on the play for her tenth point. Cara Mendelson's solo rush early in the second period was the second tally. Jackie Saideh made it 3-0 just one minute later with her typical grit applied to a third-chance rebound, with junior standout Devon Fisk grabbing the primary assist.

A lot of it, though, came from elsewhere - particularly a promising collection of first-year players.

On the Murphy goal, defenseman Sam Siciliano fed the puck low to Kern for a first attempt on UD goalie Sarah Ehrlich, giving the Staten Island, NY product an assist for her first career point. University of New England transfer Kelly Watson grabbed the second assist in similar fashion on the Saideh goal for her first career point.

Midway through the third period, Murphy powered the puck past Ehrlich from the high slot to close out the scoring. While the Michigander sniped before Sunday at Penn State, the pair of goals were her first two since her freshman year with the former Lady Icers program. Freshman Claire Gauthier fed Murphy for her first career point.

The coup de grace, however, was Riley O'Connor. The niece of 1990 club national champion John snagged her first career point by scoring a goal to make the score 4-0 with just eight seconds remaining in the second period, on a seeing-eye puck from the right wing circle that found twine with Taylor Nyman creating a distraction on the doorstep.

On the other end of the ice, Mary Kate Tonetti backed a defensive effort (including a penalty kill that stopped two more shorthanded situations to climb to seven for seven in 2014-15) by posting her second shutout in four games so far this season. She turned aside 27 Delaware shots, while Penn State fired 55 on Ehrlich.

Next up, the Lady Ice Lions get back on the road this coming Friday and Saturday, for a series at perennial ECWHL and ACHA title contender Massachusetts. Puck drops for those games are set for 8:00 p.m. on October 10th and 3:00 p.m. on October 11th in Amherst, MA.

Box Score

First Period
1. Penn State, Katie Murphy (Darby Kern, Sam Siciliano), 0:43.
1. Penn State, Geneva Wagoner (2:00 hooking), 15:58.
Second Period
2. Penn State, Cara Mendelson (unassisted), 18:06; 3. Penn State, Jackie Saideh (Devon Fisk, Kelly Watson), 17:06; 4. Penn State, Riley O'Connor (Anna Marcus, Taylor Nyman), 0:08.
2. Penn State, Bench (2:00 too many players, served by Sam Siciliano), 4:54.
Third Period
5. Penn State, Katie Murphy (Claire Gauthier), 9:26.
3. Delaware, Jordan Hagerty (2:00 hooking), 12:39; 4. Delaware, Laura Statts (2:00 tripping), 5:42.
Penn State: Mary Kate Tonetti: W, 27 saves/27 shots. Delaware: Sarah Ehrlich: L, 50 saves/55 shots.

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