Sophomore forward Danielle Gagne scores two goals for Buckeyes

Danielle Gagne scored two goals for the Buckeyes

PRINCETON, N.J. - No. 8 Ohio State scored four goals in the final period to come back from two scores down and outlast Princeton, 4-2, Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J.

Sophomore forward Danielle Gagne scored the game-tying and game-winning goals for the Buckeyes and redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp made 19 saves.

Power play goals from Brianna Leahy in the first period and Ali Pankowski early in the second put Princeton out to a two-goal lead heading into the third period, despite being outshot by the Buckeyes to that point, 31-13.

Ohio State got on the score board for the first time at 2:34 of the third period on freshman forward Julia McKinnon's seventh goal of the season. Assists on the score were credited to junior forward Ally Tarr and sophomore defender Sara Schmitt.

Gagne tied the game at 2-all at the 5:10 mark of the period with Tarr picking up the lone assist. Gagne found the back of the net for the game-winner a few minutes later for her fifth goal of the season. The goal came at 9:45 of period three and was assisted by Tarr, her third helper of the game, and junior defenseman Annie Svedin.

An empty-net goal from sophomore forward Kayla Sullivan with 26 seconds remaining in the game made it a 4-2 final score. It was goal number two for Sullivan this season and picking up an assist on the score was sophomore defenseman Kari Schmitt.

The Buckeyes finished with 30 more shots than the Tigers, outshooting Princeton 51-21. The Tigers finished 2-5 on the power play while Ohio State went 1-6. Princeton goaltender Kimberly Newell stopped 47 of 50 shots faced in the game. Knapp stopped 17 of 19 shots on goal for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State (11-4-0) and Princeton (3-6-2) will play game two of the non-conference series on Saturday with the puck set to drop at 4:00 p.m. ET.