Penn State Drops Series Capper to No. 2 UMass by Identical 3-0 Score

A new day always brings new opportunities, but sometimes it also brings the same results.

Michaela Tosone, Serena Nally and Sonja Klumpp each scored for No. 2 Massachusetts on Saturday evening at Galactic Ice in Altoona, PA as the Minutewomen used territorial dominance and a slow-building scoreline to defeat the Women's Ice Hockey Club by a 3-0 count to match Friday's series opener.

With the defeat, the Lady Ice Lions are now 1-3-0 both overall and within the ECWHL. The conference-leading Minutewomen are 7-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the league.

For Penn State, the game's easy highlight was freshman goalie Meg Lydick, who was spectacular in finishing with 41 saves. Lydick, who played frequently at Galactic Ice as a member of the Mid-State Mustangs program, seemed particularly comfortable during one late second-period stretch.

With 5:32 left in the frame, UMass' Amy Morin was called for tripping. What was a prime opportunity for PSU's usually-effective power play to get back into what was then a 2-0 contest quickly turned to disaster in the form of two shorthanded breakaways. Lydick made a fantastic save on the first, to 2015-16 ACHA Division 1 leading scorer Brittani Lanzilli, and forced a wide shot by JoJo Olson on the second. Less than 10 seconds after the Morin penalty ended, however, Cassie Dunne was ruled to have closed her glove on the puck while in the crease, resulting in a penalty shot to UMass' Ally Perdios.

No worries though, Lydick got that one too.

The Minutewomen did manage to get three past the Indiana, PA native. Following a scoreless first period, Tosone buried a Klumpp rebound with 13:56 remaining in the second period. Nally added her tally four minutes later on a drive from the point during a Katelyn Trask hooking call, while Klumpp capped the scoring on her first goal in UMass maroon after playing in the more conventional red of the University of Maryland as a freshman.

That offense was more than enough against a Penn State team that struggled to break the puck out of the zone all game long, and barely tested Massachusetts goalie Amber Greene when it did. PSU finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while UMass managed the Nally goal on three tries.

The Lady Ice Lions will now try to regroup for a trip to play archrival Rhode Island in two weeks, on October 28th and 29th. Puck drops for those games from Kingston, RI's Brad Boss Arena are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively.

Box Score

First Period
Second Period
1. Massachusetts, Michaela Tosone (Sonja Klumpp), 13:56; 2. Massachusetts, Serena Nally (Michaela Tosone, Ally Perdios), 9:55 (power play).
1. Penn State, Katelyn Trask (2:00 hooking), 11:09; 2. Massachusetts, Amy Morin (2:00 tripping), 5:32.
Third Period
3. Massachusetts, Sonja Klumpp (Ally Perdios, Michaela Tosone), 12:50.
3. Penn State, Kate Lombardozzi (2:00 slashing), 19:46; 4. Massachusetts, Juliana Dolan (2:00 hooking), 10:19; 5. Penn State, Kate Lombardozzi (2:00 tripping), 3:25.
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 41 saves/44 shots; Massachusetts: Amber Greene: W, 10 saves/10 shots.

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