Jan. 2, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— It didn’t take long for Ohio State to secure its first win of the new year; the Buckeyes (7-12-0) defeated Penn State (4-13-4) on Saturday afternoon 2-1 at the OSU Ice Rink. This was the fifth meeting between the two programs and Ohio State now owns a perfect 5-0 record in the series.
Lauren Boyle got things started with a goal seven minutes into the game. The freshman defenseman fired a shot from the point that snuck its way through a sea of skaters to find the back of the net and put Ohio State on the board with a 1-0 lead. It was the first goal of the season for the standout rookie, who had already recorded double-digits in assists before scoring her first goal of her career. Kendall Curtis and Cara Zubko assisted on the goal.
It would be the only goal of the opening period for either side, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play. They outshot their CHA counterparts 8-7 in the period, and both sides failed to convert on their only power play chances before the first intermission.
Penn State’s Hannah England scored would tie the game up 11:42 into the second period with help from teammates Shannon Yoxheimer and Victoria Samuelsson. Ohio State would answer quickly, though, thanks to Jessica Dunne. The sophomore, playing in her first game of the season, scored her first goal on a shot from the point as well to put her team ahead 2-1. Boyle assisted on the play, giving her 11 assists for the season and her third multi-point game. Dunne’s goal, the eventual game-winner, put Ohio State up 2-1 with 6:28 to go in the second period.
Though neither team scored in the third period, there were plenty of opportunities for either side- mostly for the Nittany Lions, though. They outshot the Buckeyes 9-2 in the final period of the game, and had several minutes of power play time thanks to four OSU penalties in that third period. A big chunk of that came from Breanne Grant’s five-minute major for checking from behind, though the recently-improved Buckeye penalty kill was able to snuff out Penn State’s advances. In fact, Ohio State killed all four Penn State power plays during the game today. One key cog was Dani Sadek, who blocked several shots while the Buckeyes played a man down.
The Ohio State victory is number seven on the season for the squad. They’ll take the ice again tomorrow, Sunday, at 2:07 against Penn State.