Seconds please? PSU Recovers From Bad Start, But Still Short of UMass

Ashton Schaffer's power play goal got the Lady Ice Lions on the board

The first period wasn't worth talking about, so let's skip ahead.

In the second period of Saturday afternoon's contest with Massachusetts, the Penn State Lady Ice Lions unleashed a power play with plenty of new-found beastliness. Five minutes in, senior co-captain Ashton Schaffer snuck low on the weak side (the right, in this case), took a D-to-D pass from Kelly Watson, and fired in.

Just over two minutes later, after Vicki Bortolussi committed the sin of putting PSU back on the advantage, Meghan Miller scored her second career goal, following her first Friday night. In contrast to that dirty tally, this was a pretty passing play, with Caitlin Costello locating her with a slick cross-slot feed.

In the waning moments of the period and just one minute apart from each other, Costello and Devon Fisk added even-strength shelf jobs to round a superb four-goal frame, versus just one from the hosts.

Riley O'Connor rounded out a perfect 3-for-3 effort while up a player with her second goal of the young season 1:27 away from the end of the contest, giving PSU five in total. Beyond the goal scorers, Watson, Jackie Saideh, and Darby Kern each had a pair of assists along the way.

So all in all, not a bad outing. Well... that's not entirely true.

The first period, unfortunately, does count, and suffice it to say, the 5-0 UMass hung on the Lady Ice Lions during that opening 20 minutes went a long way towards their completing a sweep of PSU by a 9-5 count.

With the result, the sixth-ranked Minutewomen are now a tied-for-first-place 3-0-1 in the ECWHL and 5-0-1 overall. Number seven Penn State is 0-2-0 both overall and within the league.

For UMass, Brittani Lanzilli had another superb match, following up her six-point effort on Friday with two goals and two assists, all in the first half of the game. When PSU used the aforementioned second period burst to close to 6-4 at the second intermission, the Minutewomen freshmen took over. The most notable of that group was Katy Turner, who scored twice in the third period to complete a hat trick, including a shorthanded effort on the power play that later produced the O'Connor goal.

Penn State goalie Sumire Clevenger, making her third career start, stopped 38 of the 47 shots she faced. On the other end, UMass' Sam Baturin made 20 saves.

The Lady Ice Lions will now head east to Boston to complete the season's first weekend with a Sunday afternoon tilt at ECWHL rival Northeastern. Puck drop is set for 12:30 p.m. from historic Matthews Arena.

Box Score

First Period
1. Massachusetts, Meredith Gallagher (Brittani Lanzilli), 15:12; 2. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Ally Perdios), 8:57; 3. Massachusetts, Joanna Olson (Katy Turner, Meghan Lawler), 3:25; 4. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Ally Perdios, Michaela Tosone), 2:38; 5. Massachusetts, Katy Turner (unassisted), 0:55.
1. Penn State, Cassie Dunne (2:00 boarding), 14:46.
Second Period
6. Penn State, Ashton Schaffer (Kelly Watson, Riley O'Connor), 14:57 (power play); 7. Massachusetts, Michaela Tosone (Brittani Lanzilli), 14:03; 8. Penn State, Meghan Miller (Caitlin Costello, Darby Kern), 12:41 (power play); 9. Penn State, Caitlin Costello (Darby Kern, Jackie Saideh), 1:43; 10. Penn State, Devon Fisk (Claire Gauthier, Jackie Saideh), 0:47.
2. Massachusetts, Michaela Tosone (2:00 tripping), 16:29; 3. Massachusetts, Vicki Bortolussi (2:00 interference), 13:28; 4. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 body checking), 10:38.
Third Period
11. Massachusetts, Vicki Bortolussi (unassisted), 16:46; 12. Massachusetts, Katy Turner (Meghan Lawler), 12:38; 13. Massachusetts, Katy Turner (unassisted), 1:35 (shorthanded); 14. Penn State, Riley O'Connor (Kelly Watson, Devon Fisk), 1:27 (power play).
5. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 body checking), 14:09; 6. Massachusetts, Ally Perdios (2:00 tripping), 2:01.
Penn State: Sumire Clevenger: L, 38 saves/47 shots. Massachusetts: Sam Baturin: W, 20 saves/25 shots.

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