Jan. 3, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— After opening up the new year with a win over visiting Penn State (5-13-4) yesterday, Ohio State (7-13-0) lost 3-2 on Sunday to earn a series split with its CHA counterparts. This also marks the end of the Buckeyes’ non-conference slate this season.
Like the first game of the series the day before, Ohio State struck first with a shot from the point to go ahead 1-0. Today it was Dani Sadek who scored the game’s opening goal, her second of the season, just 34 seconds after the opening puck drop. Julianna Iafallo and Kendall Curtis each assisted on the goal, giving both skaters their eighth assist. Towards the end of the period, Melani Moylan was able to find the back of the net on an Ohio State power play to put her team ahead 2-0. The captain’s second goal of the season was assisted by Sadek and Lauren Boyle, assists number 10 and 12 for each player, respectively. If the score wasn’t enough of an indication that the opening period was all Scarlet and Gray, the Buckeyes also outshot Penn State 12-4.
The second period, though, was definitely all Penn State. Emily Laurenzi took a pass near the net and fired a shot that seemed to rattle off both goal posts and the cross bar all while crossing the goal line to give the Nittany Lions their first goal. Though the play was reviewed, it was eventually upheld. Less than two minutes later, they would tie the game with a power play goal from nearly the same spot on the ice to make the score 2-2. The fact that they scored on the power play was a bit of a surprise seeing as Ohio State had killed 15 of its last 16 penalties coming into this game.
Five minutes later, after a scrum in front of the net, Penn State’s Remi Martin forced the puck in for its third goal of the period. The Buckeyes entered the second intermission down 3-2 and were outshot 10-6 in the second frame.
In terms of shots, Ohio State’s momentum came back in the third period; it led Penn State 10-3 in that category. Unfortunately, none of them were able to dent the back of the net, and the game ended with a final score of 3-2 in favor of the Nittany Lions.
This marks the first time Ohio State has lost to its familiar foe, and it now owns a record of 5-1 against its familiar foe.
Individually, defensemen Boyle and Sadek both had good weekends, with the former registering three points and her first career goal, while the latter led the team with eight shots over the two games.
Ohio State hits the road next weekend for a series against Minnesota before returning home to face St. Cloud State on Jan. 15-16.