Freshman Sarah Marchand scored the game-winner with one minute left in overtime to give the Orange a 2-1 win at Penn State in the Pegula Ice Arena. Marchand gathered a loose puck on the boards in the neutral zone and carried it up the right side of the ice in a two-on-one with forward Victoria Klimek and fired a shot into the left side of the net for the goal. Marchand had a hand in both Syracuse goals as she assisted on the Orange goal in the second period. Syracuse took sole possession of first place in the College Hockey America standings with the win.
Orange goaltender Arielle DeSmet recorded a career-high 54 saves, which is the second-best performance in Syracuse history. The Orange single game record is 57 by Kallie Billadeau in a 4-1 loss to #1 Cornell in 2010-11. Senior Abby Moloughney recorded her 100th career point with an assist on Syracuse’s first goal, becoming the fourth player in Orange history to achieve that milestone.
“That is a huge win for us, especially mentally, to win in overtime,” said head coach Paul Flanagan after his team’s 10th overtime game of the season. “Arielle was there when we needed her and that was a beautiful goal by Sarah. She looked off the goalie with Victoria on the two-on-one and took the shot. In the second half of the season we have had some great goaltending and team defense, and some of our younger players have stepped up on offense and defense. The momentum is building. We have to keep it going next weekend at Mercyhurst.
The win extends Syracuse’s win streak to six. The Orange (12-9-6 overall, 10-3-1 CHA) have not lost in 2022, improving to 6-0-2 since January 1.
Syracuse took the lead, 1-0, when graduate student Jessica DiGirolamo fired a shot from the point past Penn State (14-9-4, 7-3-1) goaltender Josie Bothun 16 seconds into the second period. Marchand and Moloughney set up the goal with Marchand feeding DiGirolamo the puck from the left circle for the score. The Nittany Lions’ Rachel Weiss scored to tie the game at one with 9:22 left in regulation to tie the game.
The Orange will travel to Mercyhurst for their last series in the regular season on Friday, Feb. 11th (3 pm) and Saturday, Feb. 12th (2 pm).
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.