Dunne's Record Goal Lost In The Flood As Spartans Take Series, 7-2

Cassie Dunne fired home a career milestone in the late going

Before heading off with the U.S. National University Team for the World University Games tournament starting this week, Cassie Dunne gave Penn State one more memorable effort in a career that's been full of them.

Her power play goal from a wide angle near the outside edge of the left circle with 5:20 left in the third period gave the senior five this season and six in her career, and now sits on top of the team's record charts in both categories.

The only problem: it made the score 5-2 in favor of No. 9 Michigan State, and the Spartans added two more in the late going for a 7-2 result and a series sweep to drop PSU to 3-14-0 overall.

MSU struck first late in the first period on an Andrea Uglietta drive, as the defenseman stepped in the high slot to fire past Meg Lydick. However, the Lady Ice Lions managed to turn the tables quickly.

Just 42 seconds later, with an even 5:00 remaining in the opening frame, Michigan native Darian Dempsey potted her second of the year, from the doorstep in front of Hannah Johnson and on a great centering feed from Meghan Miller for the only assist on the play. With the point, Miller is now the team's leading overall scorer with eight.

From there, it was mostly downhill thanks to a little bit of everything, including the Spartans' effective offensive defensemen and a bit of special teams trouble. Midway through the second period, Maddie Wolsmann restored the Michigan State lead, from Uglietta, on a centering feed intended for Kelsey Jaeckle that ricocheted in. Three and a half minutes later, a more successful center produced the same result, this time with Spartan captain Elise Plancon finding Pittsburgh native Shelby Weaver across the middle.

Weaver would add a second goal, also assisted by Plancon but this time on the power play, with 1.3 seconds remaining in the game for the final margin.

Before that, Wolsmann scored her own second to go with a shorthanded assist of Jaeckle two minutes following Dunne's goal. Alexis Smith also scored for MSU, on a dominating down-low effort during a body checking call to Riley O'Connor that came after the redhead bowling balled Johnson following up on a prime Dunne opportunity.

In all, the Spartans scored twice on six Penn State penalties, while the Lady Ice Lions answered with the Dunne goal in three tries.

The Dunne-less team will now return to Pegula Ice Arena to face off with third-ranked Liberty following a short week of practice. Game times are set for 10:15 p.m. on Friday and 9:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Box Score

First Period
1. Michigan State, Andrea Uglietta (Allison Lariviere, Kelsey Cross), 5:42; 2. Penn State, Darian Dempsey (Meghan Miller), 5:00.
1. Michigan State, Olivia Lord (2:00 interference), 16:38; 2. Penn State, Anna Marcus (2:00 hooking), 0:51.
Second Period
3. Michigan State, Maddie Wolsmann (Andrea Uglietta), 9:41; 4. Michigan State, Shelby Weaver (Elise Plancon), 6:12; 5. Michigan State, Maddie Wolsmann (Kelsey Jaeckle), 2:46.
3. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 roughing), 8:18.
Third Period
6. Michigan State, Alexis Smith (Elise Plancon), 10:58 (power play); 7. Penn State, Cassie Dunne (unassisted), 5:20 (power play); 8. Michigan State, Kelsey Jaeckle (Maddie Wolsmann), 3:21 (shorthanded); 9. Michigan State, Shelby Weaver (Elise Plancon, Kelsey Cross), 0:01 (power play).
4. Penn State, Tarika Embar (2:00 slashing), 15:45; 5. Penn State, Riley O'Connor (2:00 body checking), 11:13; 6. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 roughing), 9:46; 7. Michigan State, Elise Plancon (2:00 hooking), 5:30; 8. Michigan State, Bench (2:00 too many players, served by Kelsey Cross), 4:15; 9. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 high sticking), 0:56. 
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 44 saves/51 shots; Michigan State: Hannah Johnson: W, 10 saves/12 shots.

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