HAMDEN, Conn. - The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team leaned on some old hands as it downed the Quinnipiac University Bobcats 3-2 on Friday night at the Frank Perrotti Arena.
The Nitty Gritty
- Emma Maltais opened the scoring for the Buckeyes with a goal at the 2:59 point of the second.
- The Bobcats tied the game in the opening minute of the third when Taylor House slipped one past OSU goaltender Amanda Zeglen.
- Liz Schepers crashed the net near the halfway mark of the third, scoring before she knocked the net loose.
- With less than five minutes to play Madison Field added an insurance goal, putting the Buckeyes up 3-1.
- Quinnipiac scored late after pulling its goalie, but could not score an equalizer.
- Zeglen finished with 18 saves
- Maltais and Jincy Dunne tallied assists.
- The Buckeyes extend their opening game winning streak to seven with the victory. The streak dates back to the 2012-13 season. If you include ties, the Buckeyes have gone unbeaten on the opening night of the season since the 2005-06 season, with the last opening game loss coming in 2004.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the first despite two good looks for Tatum Skaggs. OSU tallied four shots-on-goal in the opening frame, two for Skaggs and one each for Dunne and Schepers.
The Buckeyes got in a rhythm early in the second after drawing a power play in the first minute. Just as the power play expired Maltais fired the puck into the back of the net for the first Ohio State goal of the season. Dunne picked up where she left off last season with an assist on the goal. Zeglen made nine of her 18 saves in the second, including one flurry where she faced she shots in the span on eight seconds. OSU put nine SOG in the second with Maltais accounting for two of them. Dunne, Skaggs, Schepers, Field, Eve Savander, and Gabby Rosenthal all notched one shot each in the period.
Quinnipiac scored early in the third to tie the game at 1-1, but Schepers broke the tie near the midway point as she slid the puck into the net while she careened toward it herself, eventually knocking it off its holders. With less than five minutes to play Field took a pass from Maltais and buried the puck in the back of the net, putting the Buckeyes in front for good. A Bobcats goal with less than 90 seconds to play gave the Bucks a late scare, but Zeglen stood tall in the closing moments to secure the 3-2 win.
Ohio State hits the ice tomorrow looking for a sweep of Quinnipiac. Puck drop between the Buckeyes and Bobcats is set for 2 p.m. at the Frank Perrotti Arena.