COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team took every shot the No. 8 Colgate Raiders could throw and stood tall in the end, coming away with a 4-3 win in the home opener at the OSU Ice Rink on Friday night.
The Nitty Gritty
- The Buckeyes fell behind early after Shae Labbe found the back of the net just past the 12-minute mark of the first period.
- Colgate's lead wouldn't last long as Tatum Skaggs scored her third goal of the season to even it up less than 90 seconds later.
- Another Colgate goal, this time from Bailey Larson, put the Raiders on top 2-1 heading into the second.
- Ohio State wasted little time evening things up in the second as Rebecca Freiburger netted her first goal of the season, making it 2-2 just 2:05 into the second.
- Charly Dahlquist put the Buckeyes on top with her first goal of the year at the 7:00 mark.
- The OSU lead was not long for this world as Colgate's leading scoring Jessie Eldridge responded with a goal of her own to knot it up at 3-3 with 7:43 left in the second.
- Lauren Boyle blasted one in with less than six to play in the period to give Ohio State a 4-3 lead it would carry into the third.
- The Raiders threw everything they had at Ohio State near the end of the third, but could not score an equalizer as the Buckeyes won the game 4-3.
- Dahlquist finished with a game high three points from her goal and two assists.
- The skies were clear outside of the rink, but it was raining assists in the rink. Emma Maltais tallied tied Dahlquist with two in the game. Jincy Dunne, Sara Saekkinen and Sophie Jaques all notched one each.
- Ohio State put 22 shots-on-goal in the second period, and out-shot Colgate 45-to-32 for the game.
- Buckeye goaltender Amanda Zeglen had her hands full in net. The sophomore finished with 29 saves, tying her career high.
The matchup of two Top-10 teams lived up to its billing with both squads throwing haymakers early. Colgate opened the scoring with a goal from Labbe at the 12:04 mark of the period, only to have Skaggs net an equalizer at the 13:21 point. The flurry of scoring in the first concluded with Larson's goal for Colgate with 4:36 left in the period as the Raiders took a 2-1 lead into the second. Ohio State out-shot Colgate in the opening frame, 13-to-10.
Sometimes known to be a second period team, the Buckeyes turned on the jets early in the period and never looked back. Freiburger's goal just 2:05 into the period tied the game, and Dahlquist gave OSU the lead with a goal at the 7:00 mark. Colgate tied it with less than eight to play in the second, but Boyle responded quickly with her first goal of the season to put the Buckeyes up 4-3 heading into the third. OSU put a staggering 22 SOG in the period with Dahlquist doing the most damage with three SOG.
The final round of this prizefight saw both teams take their best shots. Colgate put 15 SOG in the third, many of which came during the final minutes of the period where the Raiders went on the power play, and then pulled their goaltender to get a 6-on-4 advantage. The Buckeyes killed that penalty, and then fought off the desperate attempt to equalize, securing the 4-3 win.
Ohio State hits the ice on Saturday looking to get a sweep. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.