Penn State, Northeastern Draw Six Shooters, Trade Goals in Tie

Darby Kern had five points on Sunday and 12 over the weekend

The Lady Ice Lions completed 2015-16's opening weekend on Sunday afternoon short on wins, but long on learning experience, with a 6-6 tie at Northeastern.

Much like in Saturday's 5-0 deficit to Massachusetts, PSU (now 0-2-1 both overall and in the ECWHL) got off to an abysmal start and spotted the Huskies a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game. Cory Leblanc, Kat So and Sarah Wilczynski were responsible for that opening volley, while Sarah Deslandes assisted on the latter two, as part of a three-apple outing.

Life finally met the visitors late in the opening frame, thanks partly to an outstanding power play that is now 5-for-7 on the young season. The fifth conversion came thanks to Darby Kern, who potted a Caitlin Costello rebound just eight seconds into a Clara Karastury penalty and six seconds from the end of the period to trim things from 3-0 to 3-2.

Just under two minutes prior to Kern's first tally of an eventual three, she grabbed her first of two assists by circling behind the net and finding Costello in the slot, where the New Jersey freshman fired home.

Those two goals, in some alternate universe, could have spurred PSU to a decisive victory over the final 40 minutes. Momentum in this one, however, was not quite that easy - for either side.

Kern tied things up 3:54 into the second period from the doorstep after a quick feed from Riley O'Connor got NU goalie Anne-Marie Dion moving laterally. But the Huskies answered through Karastury three minutes later and went back ahead by two five minutes after that when Estelle Ip popped a Karastury rebound past Sumire Clevenger.

The Lady Ice Lions had another rally in the tank though.

First up was Devon Fisk, who found herself in a 2-on-1 with defenseman Darian Dempsey, who jumped into the play. Puck carrier Dempsey, who gathered her first collegiate point on the sequence, calmly found the team's all time leading scorer as if she had done it 49 times before for the bury. Kern completed her hat trick with five minutes remaining in the middle period by beasting down the ice from a Kelly Watson feed to get back to 5-5 after two periods.

Not surprisingly, the third period was marked by another goal trade.

Northeastern, as usual, went first on a bizarre play: while Liz Tuorinsky was in the penalty box , a Karastury shot was muted by a defensive stick and fluttered high in the air, drifting over Clevenger's shoulder and into the net with 7:44 remaining. PSU's timely answer was Meghan Miller, who deposited a 2-on-1 with 4:01 to go.

Overtime saw its fair share of activity, notably another Miller-Kern transitional play and a Fisk close call on an O'Connor rebound, but the diminishing returns of the back-and-forth nature of the game held and the contest ended where it started.

Penn State will have next weekend off before returning to action on October 24th and 25th with a trip to third-ranked Adrian.

Box Score

First Period
1. Northeastern, Cory Leblanc (Katie Walsh, Estelle Ip), 14:43; 2. Northeastern, Kat So (Sarah Deslandes, Cory Leblanc), 13:19; 3. Northeastern, Sarah Wilczynski (Sarah Deslandes, Kat So), 9:47; 4. Penn State, Caitlin Costello (Riley O'Connor, Darby Kern), 1:51; 5. Penn State, Darby Kern (Caitlin Costello, Cassie Dunne), 0:06 (power play).
1. Northeastern, Clara Karastury (2:00 penalty), 0:14.
Second Period
6. Penn State, Darby Kern (Riley O'Connor, Caitlin Costello), 16:06; 7. Northeastern, Clara Karastury (Sarah Deslandes, Kat So), 12:59; 8. Northeastern, Estelle Ip (Clara Karastury, Cory Leblanc), 7:36; 9. Penn State, Devon Fisk (Darian Dempsey), 6:25; 10. Darby Kern (Kelly Watson), 5:17.
Third Period
11. Northeastern, Clara Karastury (unassisted), 7:44 (power play); 12. Penn State, Meghan Miller (Darby Kern, Devon Fisk), 4:01. 
2. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 penalty), 8:54; 3. Northeastern, Sarah Wilczynski (2:00 penalty), 7:27; 4. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 penalty), 3:23.
Penn State: Sumire Clevenger: T. Northeastern: Anne-Marie Dion: T.

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