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Penn State Better on Sunday, But Still Four Shy of No. 3 Adrian

Riley O'Connor set up the PSU goal



Aimee Little made 41 saves - totaling an impressive 76 for the weekend - and Caitlin Costello scored a third period goal, but the Lady Ice Lions were unable to avoid a weekend sweep with a 5-1 defeat to number three Adrian on Sunday afternoon in Michigan.

With the loss, Penn State dropped to 0-4-1 this season and is in danger of losing a hold on the seventh spot in the next ACHA ranking, which is expected to be released in the coming week.

Despite significant improvement in most areas of the game from PSU compared to Saturday's 4-0 loss, Adrian once again started on the front foot, striking first with 13:26 remaining in the opening period through Morgan Praska, who threw the puck to the middle and got a fortunate bounce off of the sticks of the Lady Ice Lions' defense.

Saturday's third-period Bulldog explosion produced much of that contest's result, but on Sunday, the undoing came one frame earlier. 2-0 was early in the second period, with Valerie Twigg sniping from the high slot. 3-0 was from Kirstin LaBelle, who similarly beat Little after Paige Fuoco fed the Chicago freshman following a loose puck in the neutral zone. 4-0 was Sabrena Camp, cleaning up a Nicole Paradis rebound after Adrian's leading scorer - who finished with a trio of assists - did most of the work by dangling down the middle and shooting from in tight.

The game, realistically, was buried by that point, but the Lady Ice Lions certainly had plenty to prove before the series concluded, coming out strong once again for the final 20 minutes.

The effort paid off quickly when, 1:33 in, Costello scored her fourth goal of the season. Riley O'Connor won a defensive faceoff and pushed the puck up ice. Fellow redhead forward Costello eventually chased it down near the Adrian line, but Bulldogs goalie Ellyn Stanton (who was new in the game, replacing Alison Dungey at the intermission) drastically misplayed the situation by coming far out of the net thinking she could get the biscuit first. PSU's number 12 had an easy deposit from the middle of the zone once that happened.

Penn State finished empty in a pair of power play opportunities, but also managed to hold Adrian to an 0-for-2 line on the advantage. AC, however, had a decisive advantage on shots, winning that stat 46-15.

The Lady Ice Lions will be back in action on November 7th and 8th against Northeastern for 2015-16's home-opening series. Puck drops are set for 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, from Pegula Ice Arena.

Box Score


First Period
Scoring
1. Adrian, Morgan Praska (Nichole Laflamme, Jessie Rushing), 13:26.
Penalties
None.
Second Period
Scoring
2. Adrian, Valerie Twigg (Nicole Paradis), 17:24; 3. Adrian, Kirstin LaBelle (Paige Fuoco, Jessie Rushing), 7:58; 4. Adrian, Sabrena Camp (Nicole Paradis), 6:40.
Penalties
1. Adrian, Micayla Salyn (2:00 tripping), 13:28.
Third Period
Scoring
5. Penn State, Caitlin Costello (Riley O'Connor), 18:27; 6. Adrian, Kaillie Hardy (Alicia Tait, Nicole Paradis), 2:48.
Penalties
2. Penn State, Claire Gauthier (2:00 body checking), 16:56; 3. Penn State, Ashton Schaffer (2:00 interference), 12:57; 4. Adrian, Kayla Vanston (2:00 body checking), 1:01.
Goaltending
Penn State: Aimee Little: L, 41 saves/46 shots. Adrian: Alison Dungey: W, 12 saves, 12 shots; Ellyn Stanton (20:00 3rd): 2 saves/3 shots.

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