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College Photos: Senior Day Colonials vs Nittany Lions

On Feb. 18 the Penn State Nittany Lions took on the Robert Morris Colonials in Pittsburgh, Pa. The weekend series started with a Friday win for the Nittany Lions. After three periods of play, Penn State took a 3-2 victory of the Colonials.

But for the Colonials their Saturday game would be bittersweet. The team honored their five graduating seniors with a short ceremony before the game.

Jessica Dodds, goaltender
Maeve Garvey, Assistant Captain and forward
Mackenzie Johnston, forward
Mikaela Lowater, defenseman
Rikki Meilleur, Team Captain and forward

There were a few key things to note about the weekend match up. First, Robert Morris saw the return of Aneta Ledlova, freshman forward. Ledlova took a few games off to try out for the Czech Republic’s Olympic team. Also, Rikki Meilleur would share the ice with her cousin Meike Meilleur. This would be last chance for the cousins to battle it out at the 84 Lumber Arena.

The Colonials started their senior goaltender, Jessica Dodds, and Penn State started Hannah Ehresmann. The first period of the Saturday match up went scoreless. The Colonials outshot the Nittany Lions 14-4 but couldn’t find an opportunity. In the second the Colonials found two opportunities to score. The first, an unassisted from Amanda Pantaleo. Second, Aneta Ledlova from Brittany Howard and Jaycee Gebhard. Despite the Colonials being outshot 10-8 Penn State would not be able to answer the goals. Thus, leaving the period 2-0 RMU.

Coming back out for the third, neither team would be able to capitalize on any of their shots. Robert Morris would register 13 shots on goal. Meanwhile Penn State would record 8 shots. The final buzzer would sound leaving the game 2-0 RMU. Senior goaltender, Jessica Dodds would finish her final game in the Lumberyard with her 12th career shutout.

Before leaving the ice, to honor the five Canadian seniors, the RMU Pep Band played ‘O, Canada’. The team linked arms and swayed to the music. Both team and parents belted the words to their National Anthem which was followed by the Robert Morris alma mater. After leaving the ice, the seniors took some time in the locker room to reminisce on their four years. They then made their way to the senior banquet with teammates and family. A perfect end to their last regular season home game.

Pucks and Rec’s Photo Editor and College Hockey Photographer, Jenn Hoffman, was on site to capture the action. To see more from Jenn you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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