Natalie Marcuzzi gets tripped on her way to the net during the second. -- JENN HOFFMAN
NEVILLE TWP., Pa. — The Robert Morris Colonials took on an in-state CHA rival, the Penn State Nittany Lions, at the RMU Island Sports Center for the first game of a Skate for the Cure series on Friday night and skated to a 2-2 tie.
Kirsten Welsh gave the Colonials a 2-0 lead with a goals in the first and second period. Penn State’s Abby Welch and Natalie Heising tied up the game in the third and forced overtime. The Nittany Lions would outshoot the Colonials 3-1 in the overtime, but neither team would find the net. The game settled with a 2-2 tie.
Both teams return to the RMU Island Sports Center for a 3:05 p.m. rematch on Saturday. The Colonials will be Skating for the Cure with fundraisers and their second annual Teddy Bear Toss.
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Brooke Madsen warms up with the Nittany Lions.
Kirsten Welsh warms up with the Colonials.
Leah Carey and Amanada Pantaleo share a few laughs during warm ups.
Kate Rydland warms up with the Nittany Lions.
Amanda Pantaleo slams her shoulder into the back of Morgan Rolph during the first period.
Sophie Slattery gets pushed into the boards by Kirsten Welsh during the first.
EJ Milne-Price stops the puck during the first.
Lexi Templeman, freshman, tries to block Penn State from regaining the puck.
Natalie Marcuzzi gets tripped on her way to the net during the second.
Amanda Pantaleo tries to get in front of the net while Jessica Gazzola gets pushed to the ice during the second.
Defensive partners Leah Carey and Natalie Fraser both land in the box during the second.
Kirsten Welsh, Maggie Lague and Lexi Templeman celebrate Welsh’s second goal.
Kirsten Welsh blocks a shot during the third period.
Penn State’s Amanda McLeod, Shea Nelson, and team celebrate their game tying goal in the third.
EJ Milne-Price and Maggie Lague watch for the puck as Emily Curlett gets pucks to the ice by Abby Welch.
Bella Sutton watches as the puck deflects after a shot in the third.