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Jan. 7, 2017

Box Score

Box Score

State College, Pa.— Ohio State (10-10-2) wrapped up its excellent weekend with a 6-0 win over Penn State (5-13-4) on Saturday afternoon, capping its non-conference slate with a perfect 6-0 record.

For the second time this season, the Buckeyes shutout an opponent for an entire weekend. The first such occurrence was the Lindenwood series back on Nov. 4-5, when Ohio State won by a combined score of 7-0 over the Lions. This was the first time that OSU earned a series sweep over an opponent without allowing a goal since Feb. 24-25, 2001 at St. Cloud State.

“Our third line really got us going with that first clutch goal as Penn State had us on our heels for the first period and a half,” said associate head coach Jess Koizumi. “Our offensive production is something we have focused on in practice and it was great to see goals from every line including our defensemen. Sauve was also fantastic all weekend with two shutouts.  This was such a complete weekend for us to start our second half, us coaches are very proud of this group.”

After a scoreless first period, Ohio State found the back of the net twice in the second and four times in the third period. Samantha Bouley scored the first goal of the game and Maddy Field’s team-leading eighth goal followed her. In the final period of the game it was Dani Sadek, Jessica Dunne, Breanne Grant, and Jincy Dunne who all beat the goaltender. Speaking of goaltenders, Ohio State’s had another incredible weekend. Kassidy Sauve saved all 26 Penn State shots, including 12 in the final period. She’ll conclude the regular season with a perfect 6-0-0 record against non-conference opponents, a .994 save percentage and a microscopic 0.17 goals against average in those games. Ohio State outscored its non-conference opponents 24-1 this regular season.

“This weekend was a great start to the new year and second half of the season for us,” said captain Katie Matheny. “It’s awesome to see all our hard work pay off. We had a long Christmas break but everyone went home and worked their butts off in preparation for the second half of the season and it definitely showed in our games this weekend.”

WATCH: Sam Bouley puts Ohio State up 1-0 with this nifty backhanded goal in the 2nd period #GoBuckshttps://t.co/2wHSvPAudr

— Ohio State W Hockey (@OhioState_WHKY) January 7, 2017

Bouley’s goal came 7:36 into the second period. Her first shot was actually stopped by the goalie, but Bouley didn’t give up on the play and backhanded a shot right in there for her fifth goal of the season. Field’s goal came almost exactly five minutes later, and looked similar to her score on Friday night. A Penn State turnover its own zone was easily taken advantage of by the sophomore, who doubled Ohio State’s lead with her goal.

Maddy Field taking advantage of a Penn State turnover right in front of the net for the second time this weekend!https://t.co/0AL5k9a6KO

— Ohio State W Hockey (@OhioState_WHKY) January 7, 2017

The third period was the highest scoring of the season for OSU. It began with a power play goal by Sadek, her second of the season, and also featured Grant’s first score of the year. A shot from the point went wide and ricocheted back out in front of the net, where Grant was ready to bury the shot to extend the lead. Both Dunne sisters also scored in the third period to bring the total to six in the Buckeyes’ rout of the Nittany Lions.

While the goals and the shutout are certainly points of pride today, the special teams and defense also played exceptionally well. The power play produced a goal and the penalty kill kept up its streak, killing all four penalties on the day. On the defensive end Ohio State blocked 12 shots; Jessica Dunne led all skaters in that category with four.

WATCH: Jincy Dunne’s fourth goal of the season closes out Ohio State’s 6-0 win over Penn State #GoBuckshttps://t.co/lYFMIab2gg

— Ohio State W Hockey (@OhioState_WHKY) January 7, 2017

The Buckeyes return home next weekend, Jan. 13-14, for a two-game WCHA series against Bemidji State.