HAMDEN, Conn. — Tatum Skaggs netted two goals as the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team beat the Quinnipiac University Bobcats 3-2 on Saturday at the Frank Perrotti Arena, securing an opening weekend sweep.
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Both teams combined for zero goals in the first, just like in the first game of the series. OSU put 10 shots-on-goal in the period, with Jacyn Reeves, Rebecca Freiburger and Sophie Jaques putting two SOG each. Madison Field, Eve Savander, Emma Maltais and Jincy Dunne tallied one SOG each.
After continually firing shot after shot at Quinnipiac goaltender Allison Small, the levee finally broke when Soares fired with such ferocity that it bounced off the bar in the back of the net almost instantly, requiring the officials to look at a replay to confirm the goal. After the Bobcats tied it, Skaggs scored her first goal of the game to give OSU a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
Quinnipiac would not go quietly, tying the game near the midway point of the third. Ohio State went on the power play late in the period, and Skaggs made the most out of, netting the game winner with less than four minutes to play. The Bobcats pulled their goaltender, but could not score an equalizer as the Buckeyes left Hamden with a sweep.
Ohio State returns to Columbus for the home opener series. The Buckeyes will host Colgate next weekend, with the unveiling of the 2018 Frozen Four banner set for the pregame activities on Friday. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.