Syracuse and Penn State battled to a 1-1 overtime tie in the first game of a weekend series on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena. Orange goaltender Arielle DeSmet recorded 45 saves and junior Anna Leschyshyn scored her 20th career goal. It was the ninth overtime game for Syracuse (11-9-6 overall, 9-3-1 College Hockey America) this season. The second game in the series is Saturday, February 5th (2 p.m.) in Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State (14-8-4, 7-2-1).
“Arielle made some timely saves tonight to keep the lead for us and once the game was tied, she had some big saves to maintain the lead,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “Midway through the first period we had a big penalty kill that got us going and then we scored the goal. It hurt to give up that goal late in the third. We need to be better in the faceoff circle and on our power plays. We had our chances tonight. We know it will be another battle tomorrow.”
Leschyshyn gave the Orange a 1-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first period when she scored on a power play. The Grasswood, Sakdatchewan native corralled the puck at the top of the left circle on the boards, carried it toward the goal and fired a point-blank shot past PSU goalie Josie Bothun. Graduate student Victoria Klimek and senior Shelby Calof assisted on the goal.
Syracuse maintained the 1-0 lead until the final minutes of the game. Penn State tied the score with 3:28 remaining in regulation when Alyssa Machado took a pass from Natalie Heising right in front of the Syracuse net and scored.
In the overtime, Syracuse had five shots on goal and the Nittany Lions took four.
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.