Neville Township, Pa. – The Robert Morris women’s hockey squad could not push a third goal between the pipes in overtime and came away with a 2-2 tie Friday night in their College Hockey America conference matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-11-9, 3-5-5 CHA) at the RMU Island Sports Center. For the third time in 2017-2018, these two combatants ended in a draw with their previous encounters at the end of October wrapping up 3-3 and 2-2.
Kirsten Welsh, a junior defender, was the early lion tamer for the Colonials (14-6-4, 8-2-3 CHA) with a goal in the first two periods. However, PSU did not capitulate as they found the back of the net in the third with two goals. It was the third time in her career the native of Blackstock, Ontario hit the scoresheet twice in the same contest for the Blue, White, and Red.
After five consecutive saves by Nittany Lion senior goalie Hannah Ehresmann, Welsh broke through at 4:28 of the opening frame on a blast from the right point to give RMU a 1-0 edge. Sophomore left-wing Aneta Ledlova and freshman center Emilie Harley delivered the assists.
Welsh claimed her second goal and her 11th of the season while Robert Morris owned a 4-on-3 advantage in the second. Her shot at 4:35 put head coach Paul Colontino’s crew up 2-0. Maggie LaGue, another junior defender, and freshman center Lexi Templeman provided the helpers.
The Nittany Lions discovered their offense in the third, starting with sophomore center Abby Welch’s first goal this season at 3:03. With just 4:25 left, freshman center Natalie Heising lit the lamp with her fifth power play goal of the campaign. It was the 13th overtime contest this season for Penn State.
Ehresmann recorded a total of 27 saves while RMU senior netminder Elijah Milne-Price stopped 19 of 21 shots.
Stat Line Of The Game: Robert Morris put up 27 blocked shots aginst PSU.
Let’s Check The Replay: Natalie Fraser almost contributed to the box score at 2:06 into the second, but her goal did not count because of goaltender interference after a video review by the officials.
Next Up: RMU and PSU meet again on Saturday, Jan. 27, as it is time for the second annual Teddy Bear Toss, where fans can bring new stuffed animals, with tags intact, to throw on the ice when the Colonials put up their first goal. Back on Jan. 13, 2017, fans hurled 425 stuffed animals for cancer patients at UPMC Children’s Hospital.
This season, Robert Morris is also running a concurrent cash fundraiser assisting Our Clubhouse, a non-profit organization contributing support to those affected by cancer. The two rivals come together at 3:05 p.m.
From The Clipboard: The Colonials’ points leader, Brittany Howard, did not participate due to an upper-body injury. The 2017 Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year is listed as day-to-day…LaGue’s eight blocks tied her single-game high on the season…Welsh’s 11 goals tied her with former Colonial Mikaela Lowater for the most goals in a single-season by a defenseman.
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