Graduate student Victoria Klimek recorded her second career hat trick and had an assist in Syracuse’s 6-3 win against Penn State at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Seven different Syracuse players scored a point and senior Arielle DeSmet recorded a career-high 50 saves, which ties for third on the Syracuse single-game record list (Kallie Billadeau (50 at Cornell, 11/1/2011). The Orange (5-6-2 overall, 4-2 College Hockey America) recorded their third victory in the last four games against Penn State Penn State (7-5-2, 4-2) and their 29th win in the 41-game series.
“Getting the two points at home tonight was critical because now we are tied again with Penn State,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “I thought our kids had more energy as the game wore on. Penn State tried to come after us in the last three to four minutes with the six on five, but for the most part we were getting to loose pucks and getting the pucks out. You can see that our kids start to appreciate that when you are making the little plays and making good decisions it makes a big difference. I was really impressed with our PK tonight. Penn State was 0-for-5. Either our kids are making good decisions, blocking shots, getting the puck out or Arielle is making good saves. It was a coordinated effort tonight.”
In the first period, Penn State’s Carrie Burns gave the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead just more than four minutes into the game. Less than a minute later, Syracuse graduate student Victoria Klimek tied the game when she gathered a rebound from Mae Batherson’s shot with a backhander past PSU goalie Josie Bothun.
In the second period Syracuse took a 4-1 lead on goals by three different players. Klimek scored her second goal of the game on a power play to give the Orange a 2-1 lead with 13:56 remaining in the period. Sophomore Rayla Clemons brought the puck up the ice past three PSU defenders and fed Klimek, who was coming down the right side for the goal.
Freshman Madison Primeau gave the Orange a two-goal lead when she took a pass from freshman Sarah Marchand and scored on a power play with 11:30 left in the second period. It was Primeau’s fifth goal of the season and Marchand’s team-leading seventh assist of the year.
Junior Anna Leschyshyn and Klimek executed a give-and-go for Syracuse’s fourth goal. Leschyshyn brough the puck up the left side, passed to Klimek who then fed Leschyshyn with a pass across the crease to make the score 4-1 with 6:48 left in the second.
Marchand made the score 5-1 in the third period when she scored with 16 minutes left in the game. Primeau and senior Abby Moloughney assisted on the goal.
In the final nine minutes of the game Penn State pulled its goalie to put six skaters on the ice and scored two goals during that stretch. The Nittany Lions capitalized twice to cut the lead to two, 5-3, on goals by Kiara Zanon and Lexi Bedler.
Klimek talled her third goal with one second remaining when she punched the puck from mid-ice toward PSU’s empty net and scored.
Syracuse will travel to Vermont for a non-conference series against the Catamounts at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday, Nov. 26th at 7 pm and Saturday, Nov. 27th at 7 pm. The games will be streamed on CBSsports.com
50 YEARS OF SYRACUSE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS
Orange alumni, fans and friends are invited to share in a year-long celebration of 50 years of Syracuse University women’s athletics. Events and special recognition of all female student-athletes who have donned the Block S to represent Syracuse University and the Athletics Department since 1971-72 will be held throughout the 2021-22 seasons. As we celebrate this history, we acknowledge those who have gone before us to set the standard we strive to achieve today so we can pave the way for the future. We reflect on the history of women in sport, admire their sacrifices, recognize their contributions and accomplishments, and honor their legacy.