Massachusetts Drums Penn State Both Early and Often in 8-0 Loss

Meg Lydick made 45 saves on Friday night

Massachusetts received goals from seven different scorers and points from 13 unique players as they dismantled Penn State by an 8-0 count on Friday night at Amherst, MA's Mullins Center.

With the defeat, the Lady Ice Lions fell to 2-8-0 overall and 2-6-0 in the ECWHL. Third-ranked UMass, conversely, remained unbeaten in the ECWHL with a 7-0-0 league mark as part of a 11-2-2 overall record.

It was the sort of contest where the diversity of goal types matched that of the scorers.

Jojo Olson opened the scoring just 1:37 into things with a standard "crash the net and get a fortunate bounce" goal. Which contrasted with a standard power play drive from center point by Tatum Schulz, a clean transitional snipe from Olivia Knight from the top of the circle and a Sonja Klumpp marker that came off of PSU losing an icing race, then missing on two clearing attempts, one of which bounced off of a referee. Brittani Lanzilli - the only player to score twice in the game - continued to make effective use of her go-to move, a drag-and-fire while cutting to the middle.

Just about the only thing consistent about UMass' scoring was its frequency: three goals in the first period, three more in the second and two in the third.

Basically, not a ton went right for Penn State, while nearly everything did for Massachusetts.

While not heavily worked, part of the "went right" ledger for the Minutewomen included goalie Amber Greene, who stopped all 12 shots she faced to run her shutout streak against the WIHC up to three full games, 180 minutes, including two in a UMass sweep in Pennsylvania last month.

Meg Lydick made 45 saves on 53 Massachusetts shots, an effort that featured some spectacular stops as well as some unfortunate bounces, including a little of both on Lanzilli's first goal, which included a sprawling initial save before succumbing on a third chancer. Riley O'Connor (with a shot off the post), Madison Dwyer (who snuck in behind everyone before being foiled with a great backcheck) and Cassie Dunne (whose laser centering feed off the rush went unclaimed) were notable for second period chances in a 3-0 game before the aforementioned goals from Klumpp, Lanzilli and Schulz - all in a 3:15 late-period span - put things away.

The teams will conclude their series, both for the weekend and for the 2016-17 regular season, on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Box Score

First Period
1. Massachusetts, Jojo Olson (Ally Perdios, Tatum Schulz), 18:23; 2. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Michaela Tosone, Jojo Olson), 15:20; 3. Massachusetts, Olivia Knight (Maddison Dexter), 2:37.
1. Massachusetts, Vicki Bortolussi (2:00 high sticking), 10:21.
Second Period
4. Massachusetts, Sonja Klumpp (Ally Perdios, Serena Nally), 5:27; 5. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Michaela Tosone, Jojo Olson), 3:36; 6. Massachusetts, Tatum Schulz (Vicki Bortolussi, Jennifer Davis), 2:11 (power play).
2. Penn State, Kate Lombardozzi (2:00 hooking), 8:05; 3. Penn State, Meghan Miller (2:00 tripping), 2:32.
Third Period
7. Massachusetts, Meghan Lawler (Vicki Bortolussi, Juliana Dolan), 8:16; 8. Massachusetts, Juliana Dolan (Ally Perdios, Meghan Lawler), 0:01.
4. Penn State, Liz Tuorinksky (2:00 body checking), 16:56; 5. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (2:00 interference), 11:38.
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 45 saves/53 shots; Massachusetts: Amber Greene: W, 12 saves/12 shots.

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