CANTON, N.Y. — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team nearly mounted a comeback, but could not overcome some costly penalties in its series opener at the No. 10 St. Lawrence Saints on Friday night in Appleton Arena.
The Nitty Gritty
The Buckeyes had only allowed one power play goal all year coming into the game, but conceded two in the opening 10 minutes of the period to give St. Lawrence a 2-0 advantage. Liz Schepers nearly cut into the lead when she had a fantastic look late in the first, but could not get past SLU goaltender Grace Harrison and OSU went into the locker room trailing 2-0.
Ohio State started chipping away at the St. Lawrence lead with Dunne’s goal, her first of the season, near the midway point of the period. The Buckeyes outshot the Saints in the second, 11-to-7, but could not score an equalizer and went to the third trailing 2-1.
In the opening moments of the period Skaggs redirected a puck from Bizal to tickle the twine and knot things up at 2-2. OSU continued to pressure the Saints by putting 14 shots-on-goal in the final period, but Wozney’s goal at 11:54 proved to the game winner as the Buckeyes could not score an equalizer and dropped the series opener. Braendli finished with 19 saves.
The Buckeyes look to bounce back on Saturday and earn a split with the Saints. Puck drop for the series finale is set for 3 p.m. in Appleton Arena.