Sauve Stops 23 Shots As Ohio State Shuts Out Penn State, 6-0
Freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve makes 23 saves for Buckeyes

Freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve made 23 saves for the Buckeyes
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 18:03  OSU1-0 EV GW Dani Sadek (1)Melani Moylan/7, Kari Schmitt/11
2nd 13:02  OSU2-0 EV Julia McKinnon (7)Claudia Kepler/8, Kara Gust/2
2nd 13:35  OSU3-0 EV Julianna Iafallo (1)Taylor Kuehl/7
2nd 17:17  OSU4-0 EV Danielle Gagne (6)Taylor Kuehl/8, Cara Zubko/4
3rd 5:24  OSU5-0 PP Lauren Spring (3)Julia McKinnon/6, Claudia Kepler/9
3rd 6:41  OSU6-0 EV Taylor Kuehl (7)Danielle Gagne/5, Julianna Iafallo/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ohio State  1326
Penn State  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ohio State  1214733
Penn State  97723
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ohio State (12-8-2)  1/3 2/4 0
Penn State (10-9-3)  0/2 3/6 0
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kassidy Sauve (W, 7-7-0)60:000 97723
Penn State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Hannah Ehresmann (L, 4-4-3)59:556 1111527
Empty Net0:050     

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its largest margin of victory this season, the Ohio State women's hockey team took down Penn State, 6-0, Sunday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa.

With the win, the Buckeyes (12-8-2, 7-7-2-1 WCHA) completed a series sweep of the Nittany Lions (10-9-3, 4-5-1 CHA). Senior Taylor Kuehl contributed three points off a goal in two assists, while a quartet of Buckeyes - Julia McKinnon, Julianna Iafallo, Danielle Gagne and Claudia Kepler - each posted two points.

Freshman defenseman Dani Sadek started Ohio State's scoring trend in the opening period of play. Putting the Buckeyes up 1-0 with just under two minutes remaining in the first, Sadek scored her first collegiate goal with assists awarded to junior Melani Moylan and senior Kari Schmitt. Ohio State held a 12-9 advantage in shots, while rookie goalie Kassidy Sauve registered nine saves. The Buckeyes killed their only penalty, holding Penn State scoreless in the stanza.

Ohio State came out firing on the offensive end of the ice in the second period, with three different Buckeyes notching goals. McKinnon, a junior this season, found the back of the net at 13:02, assisted by Kepler and redshirt senior Kara Gust. The goal marked McKinnon's seventh of the season. Approximately 30 seconds later, the Buckeyes went up 3-0 off a score from Iafallo. The Eden, N.Y., native tallied the first goal of her Buckeye career with help from Kuehl, who contributed the lone helper. Kuehl again came up with an assist, this time on a goal scored by senior Danielle Gagne at 17:17. The scores gave OSU a 4-0 lead heading into the final period. Sauve kept a firm hold on the shutout, adding seven saves to her total.

In the third period, Buckeye freshman Lauren Spring kept the momentum going with a power-play goal at 5:24. The goal was the third of her rookie season and put Ohio State up 5-0. McKinnon and Kepler each posted their second point of the game with assists on the play. The Buckeyes put the Nittany Lions away at 6:41 with a goal from Kuehl and assists contributed by Gagne and Iafallo.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Penn State 33-23. Sauve locked in the Scarlet and Gray's sixth shutout of the season with 23 stops in 60 minutes. In goal for Penn State was Hannah Ehresmann, who was credited with 27 saves in 59:55.

On special teams, the Buckeyes went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.

Ohio State is back action Jan. 9 and Jan 10 for a WCHA series with St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn. The squad will return to home ice to take on North Dakota on Friday, Jan. 16.