WCHA Game Recap

Senior defensman Sophie Jaques tallied two goals and an assist for the Buckeyes
Ohio State Tops Penn State, 4-2, at D1 in D.C. Tournament
Senior defensman Sophie Jaques tallied two goals and an assist for the Buckeyes

Box Score

ARLINGTON, Va. - The No. 2 Ohio State women's ice hockey team wrapped up a weekend of non-conference play at the D1 in D.C. tournament with a 4-2 win over Penn State on Saturday night at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Buckeyes went undefeated in the tournament to improve to 14-2-0 on the year while the Nittany Lions finished 1-1 on the weekend and fall to 8-6-2 overall this season.

How it Happened

Sophie Jaques started Saturday's game the same way she finished Friday's game - with a goal for Ohio State. The senior capitalized off the Buckeyes' first power play opportunity of the evening 11 minutes into the game. Clair DeGeorge added another goal just 24 seconds later to give the Buckeyes a two-score advantage at the first intermission.

Penn State capitalized on two late-first period penalties by the Buckeyes with a goal in the opening minute of the second frame. Jaques restored Ohio State's two-goal lead with another power play goal at 5:14. Jenn Gardiner added the team's third power play goal and final score of the game with 1:05 to play in the period.

The Nittany Lions scored their second goal of the day in the third period in an effort to stage a comeback, but the Buckeyes maintained their lead to earn the win.

Buckeye netminder Andrea Braendli recorded her eighth victory of the year as she backed the Buckeyes to the 4-2 result over the Nittany Lions. She earned 30 saves against Penn State.

Game Notes

- Ohio State improves to 28-8-1 in non-conference matchups under Head Coach Nadine Muzerall.

- The Buckeyes are now 9-2 against Penn State in the all-time series.

- Clair DeGeorge led the Buckeyes with four points on the day on one goal and three assists. The performance ties her career-best single game point mark, which she set last weekend against Minnesota State (11/20) and matches her career-high assists in a game which she has met three times this season and five times in her career.

- Both of Sophie Jaques's goals against the Nittany Lions were scored on the power play. She has now totaled 11 goals on the year, with eight on the power play. She is tied for the 10th best season power play scoring total in Buckeye history and is tied for eighth in career power play scoring with 14 power play goals.

- With two assists for the Buckeyes against Penn State, Madison Bizal has recorded two helpers in the last three games for Ohio State and in six games this season.

- Jenn Gardiner recorded her team-high 29th point of the season with a goal on Saturday. She joined Jaques on the power play scoring spree, netting her four PPG of the year.

- Ohio State scored three of its four goals against the Nittany Lions on the power play. The Buckeyes finished the weekend 5-7 on the power play.

- Andrea Braendli's 30 saves in the game are the second most stops she has posted this season. She previously made 34 saves against Minnesota (10/1) and Wisconsin (10/23).

Statistically Speaking

Shots: Ohio State 39, Penn State 32

Saves: Penn State (Bothun) 35, Ohio State (Braendli) 30

Power Play: Ohio State 3-5, Penn State 2-6

Faceoffs: Ohio State 40, Penn State 28

Ohio State Scoring: DeGeorge (1-3-4), Jaques (2-1-3), Bizal (0-2-2), Gardiner (1-0-1), Levis (0-1-1), Schepers (0-1-1)

Up Next

Up Next

The Buckeyes face their final opponent of the 2021 slate next weekend, meeting Minnesota Duluth in Duluth on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET Friday and 4 p.m. ET Saturday.