New Hampshire senior defenseman Tori Howran (pictured)
New Hampshire Shut Out By Penn State, 3-0

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In its first game since early December, the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team faced off with the Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday afternoon. PSU notched a goal in each period and kept UNH from answering to take a 3-0 victory.

The Wildcats almost prevented the shutout late in the third period, but an official review on a potential power play goal kept a zero in UNH's score column.

Freshman netminder Ava Thewes (Clarkston, Mich.) made her first career appearance, getting the start in goal; she stopped 25 of 28 shots faced in her first action of the season.

UP NEXT: The two teams will square off again on Saturday, January 4 at 2 P.M.


Date: Jan. 3, 2020 - 1 P.M.
Location: Pegula Ice Arena - University Park, Pa.
Attendance: 394
Score: PSU 3 (7-8-4, 2-3-1 CHA) UNH 0 (9-8-2, 7-6-1 HEA)


UNH (0) -
PSU (3) - Abby Welch (GW), Natalie Heising (PP), Brooke Madsen


UNH (0) -
PSU (3) - Amy Dobson, Izzy Heminger, Shae Nelson


UNH - Ava Thewes - 9-6-10 - 25 (3 GA) {60:00} (L)
PSU - Chantal Burke - 6-14-9 - 29 (0 GA) {60:00} (W)


- Penn State struck first just under 10 minutes into the first period, on a breakaway chance that snuck over the shoulder of Thewes for the 1-0 lead.

- PSU outshot UNH 10-6 on goal in the first period; neither team was whistled for a penalty.

- A Wildcat power play comes up short in the opening minutes of the second period; Penn State's first power play opportunity resulted in a goal 9:04 into the second period; PSU's Natalie Heiseing got free on the far-side faceoff dot and fired a shot bar-down to go up 2-0.

- Penn State extended its lead to 3-0 with an even-strength goal 7:47 into the period, as a blocked shot off a Wildcat rebounded to the stick of PSU's Brooke Madsen.

- The Wildcats attempted to rally in the third period on a power play; with 7:38 to play in the third period, a shot from Tori Howran (Bancroft, Ontario) was tipped by Meghara McManus (Milton, Mass.) in front of the net and across the line, but after an official review, the goal was waved off.


- Penn State has now won two straight games in the all-time series. They won the second game of the previous series in the 2014-15 season, 3-1 at the Whittemore Center.

- UNH still leads all time, 3-2.

- UNH was held scoreless for just the fourth time this season, and the first time since November 16th.

- This was UNH's first loss all season when outshooting its opponent (8-1-0).


UNH: 2-4 PSU: 2-4


UNH: 0-2 PSU: 1-2


Points (0): -
Goals (0): -
Assists (0): -
Shots (3): Five players
Blocked Shots (5): Maddie Truax
Faceoffs (9): Carlee Turner, Lauren Martin


Points (1): Six players
Goals (1): Three players
Assists (1): Three players
Shots (5): Shea Nelson
Blocked Shots (5): Mallory Uihlein
Faceoffs (7): Abby Welch

Game Summary

Friday, January 3, 2020

Game statistics
29 Shots 28
0 / 2 Power Plays 1 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 2 / 4
9-8-2 Records 7-8-4
New Hampshire Penn State
Abby Welch (3)
1st/8:50  GW
Natalie Heising (7)
2nd/9:04 PP
Brooke Madsen (6)
New Hampshire Penn State
Ava Thewes
60:00, 25 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 0-1-0)
Chantal Burke
60:00, 29 Saves, 0 GA
(W, 7-4-3)