The No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team (2-0) opened its 2018-2019 season with two wins on the road against Quinnipiac (0-2). Both games were won by a score of 3-2.
The Buckeyes saw contributions from several players in their 3-2 win over Quinnipiac on Friday.
Sophomore forward Emma Maltais picked up right where she left off last season,scoring the opening goal for the Buckeyes at the 2:59 point of the second period. Redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne recorded an assist on the play.
The score remained the same heading into the third period before Quinnipiac tied it up with a shot in the opening minute by freshman forward Taylor House.
Ohio State responded with two unanswered goals to put the team up 3-1. Sophomore forward Liz Schepers scored at the halfway mark of the third period, knocking the net loose in the process. Then, an insurance goal was added on by senior forward Madison Field off a pass from Maltais with just under five minutes left in the game.
Quinnipiac attempted to mount a late comeback in the final minutes of the game by pulling its goalie. The team’s efforts were rewarded when junior forward Randi Marcon scored at 18:34 into the third period, bringing Quinnipiac to within one goal. However, sophomore goaltender Amanda Zeglen was able to hold out and survive the final minutes of the game to allow the Buckeyes to get their first victory of the season.
Ohio State finished the sweep of Quinnipiac with another win by the score of 3-2 on Saturday.
Scoring started for the Buckeyes again in the second period when junior forward Olivia Soares ripped a shot past freshman goalie Allison Small. The play needed official review to confirm the call after bouncing out just as fast as it entered. Freshman forward Paetyn Levis assisted the play.
Quinnipiac tied up the game 10:45 into the second period with a shot by junior forward Melissa Samoskevich.
Sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs struck right back scoring a goal 15:07 into the second period off a pass by Maltais.
Not to be outdone, Samoskevich scored her second goal of the night 9:16 into the third period to tie the game at 2-2.
Not to be outdone, Skaggs continued her excellent night as the game headed into the third period, as she scored her second goal of the night just 3:46 into the third period to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead. Senior forward Charly Dahlquist recorded an assist on the play.
That was all Quinnipiac could do in the end, as sophomore goaltender Amanda Zeglen shut down the Bobcats for the rest of the game.
Ohio State heads to Columbus for their home opener series against Colgate.The Buckeyes will open the series on Friday at 6:07 p.m.