COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State women’s hockey team opened the season with a 6-0 win over St. Thomas Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The team tallied four goals in the second period and saw 11 players record points on its way to starting the season 1-0.
How it Happened
The game went back-and-forth in the first period, as both Ohio State and St. Thomas saw good chances to get themselves on the board. Andrea Braendli made a couple big stops for the Buckeyes and the team was unable to put some good chances in the back of the net, resulting in both teams heading to the locker room scoreless after the first 20 minutes.
After some missed chances early in the second period, the Buckeyes went on a scoring spree as they netted four goals in five minutes. Brooke Bink started the action, knocking in her ninth career goal off an assist from Hadley Hartmetz. Thirty seconds later, Clair DeGeorge scored her first goal as a Buckeye. Paetyn Levis earned the assist.
The second scoring rush came at 7:36 in the second period as Jenn Gardiner tapped one past St. Thomas’ Alexa Dobchuk from assists by Sophie Jaques and Jenna Buglioni. Less than 30 seconds later, Paetyn Levis added her second point of the game, capitalizing off a loose puck in front of the St. Thomas cage.
Buglioni added another point on the day, this time scoring the Buckeyes’ first goal of the third period at 2:46 into the final 20 minutes. Ramsey Parent closed out the Ohio State scoring effort for the night, notching the team’s sixth goal at 13:37. Sara Saekkinen added a helper on the final score.
The Buckeyes are back at the OSU Ice Rink tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 25 for the second game of the series against St. Thomas. Puck drop is set for 2:01 p.m.
Head coach Nadine Muzerall on the game
“I thought some of our great takeaways were our zone entries. We started to become more united as a unit coming through. I thought we did get inside a lot and didn’t do as much perimeter play that we have been known to do in the past. I thought (the team) did well working as a unit of five when the game got going and they started working from low to high and got some shots through. The thing we need to work on is being relentless on the puck. That’s our bread and butter for our program and just got away from that. Some of that is first game problems. We just have to do the burners, like the stops and the starts and the little things right, and not get away with the bad rink turns and the bad habits because it will cost you eventually.”
Clair DeGeorge on her first goal as a Buckeye
“It was all a bit of a blur to me. I think we got the puck in deep. We went hard after them. Paetyn (Levis) came around and gave me a really nice pass back door and it was pretty much empty net there. She made it really easy for me. It was a really awesome moment. I owe it all to my teammates.”
Jenna Buglioni on her thoughts going into this game and the season
“Honestly, the jitters never go away, but it was really nice to get that first win under our belts. To be all together and playing as one team was really nice especially after that last month of training that we had.”