|1st||1:09||LIN||1-0||EV||Britannia Gillanders (2)||Rachel Weich/1, Xylia Lang/1|
|1st||11:10||OSU||1-1||PP||Maggie Rothgery (1)||Kendall Curtis/1, Cara Zubko/1|
|2nd||7:43||OSU||2-1||EV GW||Katie Matheny (1)||Madison Field/1|
|2nd||11:38||OSU||3-1||EV||Dana Rasmussen (1)||Julianna Iafallo/1, Lauren Boyle/1|
|2nd||16:14||OSU||4-1||EV||Kendall Curtis (1)||Cara Zubko/2|
|2nd||16:58||OSU||5-1||PP||Madison Field (1)||Breanne Grant/1, Lauren Boyle/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (1-0-0)||2/8||11/25||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Stacy Danczak (W, 1-0-0)||40:00||1||10||7||0||17|
|Nicole Hensley (L, 0-2-0)||55:19||5||13||5||9||27|
St. Charles, Mo. - When a new head coach takes over a team, it's understood that there will be a period of adjustment; that it will take a little time for a new bench boss to implement his or her strategy.
For Jenny Potter and the Buckeyes that seems to have taken all of one 20-minute period.
Ohio State opened its 2015-16 season on Friday with a 5-1 win over Lindenwood to start the season 1-0. After letting up an early goal, the Buckeyes scored the last five goals of the game, including four in the second period, to grab their first win of the year.
"I think we're still ironing out a few kinks," Coach Potter said. "But they played a great game tonight. I'm very impressed with their work ethic and how they came together as a team."
Lindenwood's Brittiana Gillanders netted the first goal of the game just 1:09 into the first period. Ohio State answered with a power play goal ten minutes later; a scrum in front of the net ended with Maggie Rothgery connecting on the tying goal. Both goalies saw a flurry of activity early, with 23 total saves occurring in the first period alone.
"Their first goal got the game going, but we didn't lose our composure and we rose to the occasion when we needed to,' said Coach Potter.
The Buckeyes took the lead early in the second period when Lauren Spring found Katie Matheny, who dented the back of the net to make the score 2-1. Not five minutes later, Spring joined the fun with a goal of her own, securing her third multi-point performance of her career.
Goals four and five came just :44 apart. Kendall Curtis fired a shot from the slot at the 16:14 mark, and Maddy Field scored the fifth and final goal at 16:58 with an assist from Breanne Grant. Just minutes before that, Stacy Danczak made a couple of phenomenal saves between the pipes to preserve Ohio State's lead. She finished the night with 31 saves.
Opening night jitters were apparent, with 20 combined penalties on the night, but both coach and players were satisfied with the Buckeyes' play on the ice. Perhaps most notably, it looks like their hard-working offseason is showing some early dividends.
"I think it showed how much we worked in the preseason and how we stuck together and didn't get down when we went down early," Maddy Field said. "Everyone filled their role and contributed."
Alexa Ranahan had similar thoughts: "We were winning races to the puck and corner battles. We can see our hard work paying off."
Ohio State and Lindenwood will play again tomorrow night, Saturday, at 8:07 ET.