Jan. 6, 2017

Box Score

Box Score

State College, Pa.— It’s good to be back.

In their first game of the new year, the Ohio State women’s hockey team thumped Penn State 5-0 in State College thanks to three first period goals. The last time Ohio State scored at least five goals in a game was a 6-3 win over Minnesota Duluth last season on Jan. 29.

The story of the game was the stellar play of OSU’s top lines. Katie Matheny, Julianna Iafallo, and Maddy Field produced four of the five goals and eight of the 10 points tonight, while the top defensive pairing of Jincy Dunne and Dani Sadek provided the opening goal and assist. All three forwards were +5 on the ice tonight, easily career-highs for all of them. The hat trick for Matheny was the first of her career and the second for Ohio State this season

In addition to the offensive explosion, Kassidy Sauve produced her fifth shutout of the season in goal, stopping all 29 shots that came her way. In five non-conference games this season, Sauve is 5-0 with four shutouts, a 0.20 goals against average and a save percentage of .994.

The first goal tonight came in the first couple minutes of play; Sadek took the puck near center ice all the way down and around the Penn State goal before dishing it off to Dunne who finished the job and put Ohio State ahead 1-0. Field’s goal near the end of the second period came unassisted thanks to a Penn State turnover right in front of its own net. The sophomore made quick work of the mistake, easily netting her seventh goal of the season.

WATCH: Maddy Field’s unassisted goal gives Ohio State a 4-0 lead late in the 2nd period #GoBucks

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

Matheny’s three goals all came about because she took advantage of good passes from her teammates in front of the net. Her second goal of the game put Ohio State ahead 3-0 in the first period, marking the third time this season that OSU put up three goals in a single period. The senior’s third goal of the game made it 5-0, setting a new season-best for the Buckeyes.

WATCH: Katie Matheny puts Ohio State ahead 3-0 against Penn State #GoBucks

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

Though they led 3-0 after the first 20 minutes, the Scarlet and Gray actually trailed in shots on goal 15-to-8 in the first period. The final two periods looked more in line with the final score, 26-14 in favor of the Buckeyes.

The two teams will do battle again on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Pegula Ice Arena.