COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team took its first loss of the season, dropping its series finale with the No. 8 Colgate Raiders 5-2 on Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
- Liz Schepers opened the scoring with her second goal of the season to put OSU up 1-0 at the 7:33 point of the period.
- Tatum Skaggs added to the Ohio State lead with her fourth goal of the season. The Buckeyes carried a 2-0 lead into the second.
- Colgate cut into the OSU lead with a goal from Nemo Neubauerova just 36 seconds into the second period.
- Delani MacKay tied things up for the Raiders with a power-play goal, the first one conceded by the Buckeyes all season at the 5:10 point of the period.
- With 5:01 left to play in the second Shae Labbe put Colgate on top with her third goal of the season.
- The Buckeyes fired away in the third, putting 17 shots-on-goal, but a pair of late goals from the Raiders put the game out of reach with OSU falling 5-2.
- Madison Field, Jincy Dunne, Emma Maltias and Sophie Jaques all tallied assists for the Buckeyes.
- In her first collegiate start Andrea Braendli made 32 saves.
- The Buckeyes outshot the Raiders 40-to-37 on the afternoon.
The Buckeyes came out swinging in the first period, putting 19 SOG compared to Colgate's eight. Schepers notched the first goal of the game when she took a pass from Field and deposited the puck into the back of the Colgate net at the 7:33 point of the period. Less than three minutes later Skaggs lit the lamp for the fourth in as many games to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead they'd carry into the second.
Ohio State's offense stalled in the second period, while Colgate found a rhythm. The Raiders scored three goals in the period to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
The Buckeyes looked ready to rally in the final frame, once again outshooting Colgate, 17-to-15, but nothing found its way into the Colgate net. A goal from Coralie Larose gave the Raiders a 4-2 lead with 2:10 to play, and an empty netter from Labbe sealed the deal, handing OSU its first loss of the season.
Ohio State stays home for its next series where it hosts Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe Minnesota State during Alumni Weekend. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6:07 p.m. on Friday in the OSU Ice Rink.