Dec. 15, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Heather Farrell’s (So., Perth, Ontario/Pomfret School) goal on the breakaway with 38 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Ohio State women’s hockey team (9-6-3 overall, 4-5-3 in the WCHA) past Princeton (7-5-2 overall, 3-2-0 in the ECAC Northern League), 2-1, Saturday in the series finale at the OSU Ice Rink. The win completed the Buckeyes’ sweep over the Tigers and upped their record to 7-1-1 in their last nine games going into a two-week break from action for the holidays. Farrell also recorded the secondary assist on Erin O’Grady’s (So., London, Ontario/Culver) goal.
The Buckeyes forechecked well in the first period, keeping a lot of the action in the neutral zone, but were unable to keep the Tigers off the board. Susan Hobson scored at the 13:45 mark of the first from Gretchen Anderson off a Buckeye turnover deep in their own zone. Shots in the first period were even, 6-6.
Less than two minutes into the second stanza, O’Grady knotted the game at one with her first goal of the season. Farrell beat out a 2-on-1 along the boards and got the puck to Lindsey Ogren (Jr., North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) who found O’Grady in front of the Tiger net. The Buckeyes were unable to score through two power-play opportunities in the second before Shana Frost (Jr., Frankford, Ontario/Bayside) drew a penalty shot when she went on a breakaway and Angela Gooldy hooked her from behind. Frost could not convert on the shot, the Buckeyes’ first penalty shot in program history.
After a scoreless third period (the shots again were even at nine apiece), the teams skated into a five-minute sudden victory overtime period, the Buckeyes’ sixth trip to overtime this season (1-1-3). Farrell got control of the puck in the neutral zone and went on a breakaway, putting her shot past Princeton goalie Sarah Ahlquist with 38 seconds remaining. Farrell now leads the team in game-winning goals (three). “As for the series, it was a great two-game series against Princeton,” Jackie Barto, OSU head coach, said. “Princeton played well, they are a solid hockey team. It was great that Heather Farrell was able to come out with a clutch play like she did. I like our intensity and the level of play we are putting out. Now is a good opportunity for a two-week break and hopefully, we can come back and keep the roll going.”
Ohio State outshot Princeton, 31-29. The Buckeyes were unable to convert on two power-play chances and held the Tigers scoreless through four opportunities.
Glaser finished with 28 saves, for a two-game total of 57, and improved to 7-3-2 on the season, while Ahlquist recorded 29 saves and the overtime loss.
Ohio State’s next series is Jan. 4-5, 2002, against Bemidji State at the OSU Ice Rink.
Dec. 15, 2001 Princeton 1, Ohio State 2 (OT) OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio
Score Per Period 1 2 3 OT F Princeton 1 0 0 0 1 Ohio State 0 1 0 1 2
Shots Per Period 1 2 3 OT F PU 6 10 9 4 29 OSU 6 14 9 2 31
Scoring Summary 1st Period PU-Hobson (Anderson), 13:45 2nd Period OSU-O’Grady (Ogren, Farrell), 1:52 3rd Period No scoring Overtime OSU-Farrell (unassisted), 4:22
Penalties/Minutes 1 2 3 OT F PU 0/0 2/4 1/2 0/0 3/6 OSU 1/2 2/4 2/4 0/0 5/10
Saves PU-Ahlquist (64:22) 6-13-9-1-29 OSU-Glaser (64:22) 5-10-9-4-28
Power Plays PU-0-for-4 (.000) OSU-0-for-2 (.000)