|2nd||7:36||OSU||1-0||EV GW||Samantha Bouley (5)||Olivia Soares/3, Jincy Dunne/8|
|2nd||12:35||OSU||2-0||EV||Maddy Field (8)||-|
|3rd||4:41||OSU||3-0||PP||Dani Sadek (2)||-|
|3rd||7:33||OSU||4-0||EV||Jessica Dunne (2)||-|
|3rd||11:28||OSU||5-0||EV||Breanne Grant (1)||Lauren Spring/7, Dani Sadek/8|
|3rd||19:33||OSU||6-0||EV||Jincy Dunne (4)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (10-10-2)||1/3||4/8||0|
|Penn State (5-13-4)||0/4||3/6||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauve (W, 10-9-2)||60:00||0||8||6||12||26|
|Penn State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniela Paniccia (L, 5-7-2)||60:00||6||4||9||10||23|
State College, Pa.- Ohio State (10-10-2) wrapped up its excellent weekend with a 6-0 win over Penn State (5-13-4) on Saturday afternoon, capping its non-conference slate with a perfect 6-0 record.
For the second time this season, the Buckeyes shutout an opponent for an entire weekend. The first such occurrence was the Lindenwood series back on Nov. 4-5, when Ohio State won by a combined score of 7-0 over the Lions. This was the first time that OSU earned a series sweep over an opponent without allowing a goal since Feb. 24-25, 2001 at St. Cloud State.
After a scoreless first period, Ohio State found the back of the net twice in the second and four times in the third period. Samantha Bouley scored the first goal of the game and Maddy Field's team-leading eighth goal followed her. In the final period of the game it was Dani Sadek, Jessica Dunne, Breanne Grant, and Jincy Dunne who all beat the goaltender. Speaking of goaltenders, Ohio State's had another incredible weekend. Kassidy Sauve saved all 26 Penn State shots, including 12 in the final period. She'll conclude the regular season with a perfect 6-0-0 record against non-conference opponents, a .994 save percentage and a microscopic 0.17 goals against average in those games. Ohio State outscored its non-conference opponents 24-1 this regular season.
Bouley's goal came 7:36 into the second period. Her first shot was actually stopped by the goalie, but Bouley didn't give up on the play and backhanded a shot right in there for her fifth goal of the season. Field's goal came almost exactly five minutes later, and looked similar to her score on Friday night. A Penn State turnover its own zone was easily taken advantage of by the sophomore, who doubled Ohio State's lead with her goal.
The third period was the highest scoring of the season for OSU. It began with a power play goal by Sadek, her second of the season, and also featured Grant's first score of the year. A shot from the point went wide and ricocheted back out in front of the net, where Grant was ready to bury the shot to extend the lead. Both Dunne sisters also scored in the third period to bring the total to six in the Buckeyes' rout of the Nittany Lions.
While the goals and the shutout are certainly points of pride today, the special teams and defense also played exceptionally well. The power play produced a goal and the penalty kill kept up its streak, killing all four penalties on the day. On the defensive end Ohio State blocked 12 shots; Jessica Dunne led all skaters in that category with four.
The Buckeyes return home next weekend, Jan. 13-14, for a two-game WCHA series against Bemidji State.