COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team took every shot the No. 8 Colgate Raiders could throw and stood tall in the end, coming away with a 4-3 win in the home opener at the OSU Ice Rink on Friday night.
The Nitty Gritty
The matchup of two Top-10 teams lived up to its billing with both squads throwing haymakers early. Colgate opened the scoring with a goal from Labbe at the 12:04 mark of the period, only to have Skaggs net an equalizer at the 13:21 point. The flurry of scoring in the first concluded with Larson’s goal for Colgate with 4:36 left in the period as the Raiders took a 2-1 lead into the second. Ohio State out-shot Colgate in the opening frame, 13-to-10.
Sometimes known to be a second period team, the Buckeyes turned on the jets early in the period and never looked back. Freiburger’s goal just 2:05 into the period tied the game, and Dahlquist gave OSU the lead with a goal at the 7:00 mark. Colgate tied it with less than eight to play in the second, but Boyle responded quickly with her first goal of the season to put the Buckeyes up 4-3 heading into the third. OSU put a staggering 22 SOG in the period with Dahlquist doing the most damage with three SOG.
The final round of this prizefight saw both teams take their best shots. Colgate put 15 SOG in the third, many of which came during the final minutes of the period where the Raiders went on the power play, and then pulled their goaltender to get a 6-on-4 advantage. The Buckeyes killed that penalty, and then fought off the desperate attempt to equalize, securing the 4-3 win.
Ohio State hits the ice on Saturday looking to get a sweep. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.