LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The No. 5-ranked Ohio State women's ice hockey fell to No. 7 Princeton 4-2 on Saturday evening in Las Vegas. With the loss, Ohio State slips to 10-5-4 (6-3-3 WCHA) while Princeton improves to 11-3-0 (8-3-0 ECAC).
Princeton took the early lead in the fifth minute of play just seconds after Tatum Skaggs was sent to the box for a tripping call. The power play goal was Maggie Connor's ninth score of the season. It didn't take long for the Buckeyes to equalize as senior captain Jincy Dunne picked her corner in the eighth minute. Dunne's goal was assisted by Emma Maltais and Sophie Jaques. The Tigers once again took the lead just under three minutes later as Mariah Keopple pushed one past junior goaltender Lynsey Wallace. Liz Schepers equalized under 40 seconds into a Buckeye power play to tie the game at 2-all going into the second period.
The Buckeyes found themselves on an early 5-on-3 power play after two simultaneous Princeton penalties but could not find the back of the net. Just moments after the Tigers returned to even strength, Claire Thompson took advantage of a fast break and gave Princeton the 3-2 lead in the fifth minute. The score held at 3-2 after two periods with the Buckeyes leading in second period shots, 15-13.
The score held at 3-2 in favor of Princeton until the Tigers capitalized on an empty net goal with less than 30 seconds remaining. At the end of 60 minutes, Ohio State and Princeton were even in shots with 33 each. Wallace made her fourth start in net for the Buckeyes and made 29 saves while Dunne and Skaggs lead the Buckeyes with six shots apiece.