Michigan Emphatically Overturns Early Miller Goal, Defeats PSU 7-1

Meghan Miller scored Penn State's lone goal

Meghan Miller gave Penn State a 1-0 lead 7:23 into its contest with Michigan on Friday evening in Chelsea, MI.

Things went pretty sharply downhill from there though, as the Wolverines rattled off seven unanswered goals to rout the Lady Ice Lions by a 7-1 count in the spring semester's opening game. PSU dropped to 3-12-0 overall with the non-conference defeat while remaining 3-9-0 in the ECWHL.

Miller's third goal of the 2016-17 campaign came off of a beautiful springing pass from Trisha Cierniak, who set the sophomore from Rhode Island in on a 2-on-1 with Riley O'Connor riding shotgun. Miller eschewed the pass and fired past Madeline Chen from high in the left-wing circle.

That positive was short-lived: 1:11 to be precise, the amount of time it took for Morgan Baird to supply an answer to tie things up at one. Late in the first period, Penn State found itself killing a 5-on-3 following a tripping called to Tarika Embar and a cross check to Liz Tuorinsky. With just three seconds left before the horn, one-time PSU recruit Rachel Hysong converted on the advantage to give U-M the lead for goal.

The game didn't instantly swing at that point. Penn State, in fact, began the second period with arguably its best ten-minute stretch of the game, in what was still a 2-1 contest, of course. However, exactly halfway through regulation time, Mercedes Reyes deflected home a Lia Harrington shot for another Wolverines score. Just 16 seconds later, Reyes struck again to take a close game to a not-close game and unofficially open the floodgates.

Carolyn Andonian, Grace Nardiello and Sarah Lather rounded out the scoring for Michigan, with Nardiello's marker coming during a Darian Dempsey slashing call to help U-M to a 2-for-3 finish on the power play (missing only on the back half of the aforementioned 5-on-3 that included the Hysong goal). Penn State came up empty on two chances, both in the first period.

Meg Lydick made 31 saves for the Lady Ice Lions in defeat.

Penn State's weekend in the Great Lakes State continues on Saturday with a contest against No. 9 Michigan State. Puck from from Suburban Ice in East Lansing is set for 5:30 p.m.

Box Score

First Period
1. Penn State, Meghan Miller (Trisha Cierniak), 7:23; 2. Michigan, Morgan Baird (Caroline Hurd, Karrie Inman), 6:12; 3. Michigan, Rachel Hysong (Mercedes Reyes, Emily Hotaling), 0:03 (power play).
1. Michigan, Anna Mondrusov (2:00 hooking), 12:40; 2. Michigan, Ania Dow (2:00 body checking), 4:37; 3. Penn State, Tarika Embar (2:00 tripping), 1:30. 4. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 cross checking), 0:42.
Second Period
4. Michigan, Mercedes Reyes (Lia Harrington, Emily Hotaling), 10:00; 5. Michigan, Mercedes Reyes (Rachel Hysong), 9:44; 6. Michigan, Carolyn Andonian (Megan Kerr, Morgan Baird), 1:54.
Third Period
7. Michigan, Grace Nardiello (Caroline Hurd), 15:34 (power play); 8. Michigan, Sarah Lather (Carolyn Andonian, Megan Kerr), 14:27.
5. Penn State, Darian Dempsey (2:00 slashing), 16:28.
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 31 saves/38 shots; Michigan: Madeline Chen: W, 15 saves/16 shots; Brooke Pierce (8:12 3rd): 2 saves/2 shots.

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