Nov. 5, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— With six seconds left in the game, sophomore Lauren Boyle scored an empty netter to seal the 3-0 win for Ohio State (5-6-1) and her first career hat trick. The win gives the Buckeyes a series sweep of Lindenwood (0-8-0), the second sweep of the season.
OSU got off to a strong start on Saturday, scoring twice in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead. The first goal came at the 14:27 mark and was the second power play goal of the weekend for the Buckeyes. Boyle was wide open near the net and Maddy Field’s pass cut right through the Lindenwood defense and ended up in the back of the net. It was the first goal of the season for Boyle and was also assisted by Dani Sadek.
Goal number two came at 18:09 of the period. After a scrum formed near the Lindenwood bench, Breanne Grant poked the puck free and Olivia Soares dished it off to Boyle. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native then blasted a shot from the point that blew right by the Lion goaltender and doubled Ohio State’s lead. The fast start was a welcome sight for the Buckeyes.
“I think we came out harder in the first period today and we were able to generate two goals out of it,” Boyle said of her team’s play the first 20 minutes. “I was the one who found the back of the net but it wasn’t all me. That power play unit has been brewing up a bit of a storm lately so to see it all come together was really nice.”
On the power play goal in the first period, Ohio State actually had four defensemen on the ice: Boyle, Sadek, Jessica Dunne, and Jincy Dunne. As the season continues, it’s clear that the Buckeyes’ power play units are starting to jell together.
“The group that we have out there is really starting to mesh really well,” Boyle said of OSU’s special teams unit, “and it’s going to keep getting better.”
The third and final goal came in the waning moments of the game. The Lions were rolling with six skaters and an empty net in the final minutes. Lauren Spring’s backhanded clear attempt deflected off a Lindenwood stick and bounced right to Boyle, who was speeding towards the empty goal. The easiest goal of the night followed, and sealed the deal for Ohio State.
The 3-0 score also meant that Kassidy Sauve and the Buckeye defense posted a second consecutive shutout. It’s the third of the season for Sauve, but the two this weekend carried a bit more weight.
“That was huge for us,” Boyle said of the shutout on Saturday. “Sauve has been outstanding the entire season, so to give her something like this in return is really big for us, it’s a huge thank you.”
Next up for Ohio State is a road trip to St. Cloud, Minnesota for a two-game WCHA set with St. Cloud State.