Sept. 30, 2016
Troy, N.Y.— Ohio State’s season started with a bang on Friday; a 4-1 win over RPI gives the Scarlet and Gray its first win of the 2016-17 campaign.
Nadine Muzerall’s first game behind the bench could not have gone any better. The Buckeyes were flying all over the ice and constantly tested the Engineers with great offensive chances, all while constantly thwarting them on the other end.
Ohio State got off to a blazing start, scoring twice in the first 108 seconds of the game. Freshman Samantha Bouley netted the first goal of the season for the Buckeyes just 1:08 into the game, and Erin Langermeier added another goal just 40 seconds later. After an RPI turnover in its own zone, Langermeier corralled the puck and found herself all alone in front of the Engineer’s goaltender; a couple nifty moves later she scored her first goal of the season. Olivia Soares and Maddy Field assisted on Bouley’s goal.
Goal number three for the Buckeyes came at the very tail end of their first power play of the game. After being thwarted for nearly the entire 5-on-4, Jincy Dunne blasted a shot right by a Buckeye screen and, more importantly, the RPI goalie. Jessica Dunne and Jacyn Reeves provided assists on the goal.
Though Ohio State dominated on the scoreboard after one period, RPI had plenty of chances of its own, actually outshooting the Buckeyes 12-10 after 20 minutes. However thanks to OSU getting off higher quality shots and some nice saves from Kassidy Sauve, the shot differential didn’t matter much.
Coming out of the locker room for the second period Ohio State showed no signs of slowing down. Right off the bat it had a couple great opportunities to score, including a 3-on-0, but neither yielded a goal. The aggressive play and quality of offensive chances were encouraging, though, and they continued throughout the period. When the Buckeyes found themselves on the power play again with just over eight minutes left in the period, they fired off shot after shot and, despite coming up empty, they were absolutely unrelenting the entire two minutes.
Sauve really made an impression during the second period as well, punctuating her excellent night with a highlight reel save near the end of the second frame. With RPI on the power play an Engineer tried to sneak one by Sauve right in front of the net, but the redshirt sophomore smacked it right out of the air, preventing any chance RPI had. She tallied 34 saves- stopping at least 10 in all three periods- in all in her first game action since the end of the 2014-15 season.
Ohio State got back on the scoreboard in the third period thanks to a Katie Matheny goal on a 4-on-4. The puck found her stick right in front of Lovisa Selander, and Matheny buried the shot for her first goal of the year. RPI would respond with its first goal of the game, albeit much too late, with 3.9 seconds left in regulation.
When the final horn sounded, Ohio State was on the winning end of a 4-1 decision. The Buckeyes still haven’t lost a game during their season-opening weekend since the 2007-08 season. They’ll look to improve on that mark tomorrow, Saturday, against the Engineers. Puck drops at 3:00.