Kepler and Sauve Lead Ohio State Past New Hampshire, 1-0
Sophomore Claudia Kepler scores game-winner and freshman Kassidy Sauve makes 24 saves for Buckeyes

Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler scored a goal for the Buckeyes
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 5:02  OSU1-0 EV GW Claudia Kepler (1)Kendall Curtis/1, Bryanna Neuwald/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
New Hampshire  0000
Ohio State  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
New Hampshire  98724
Ohio State  771125
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
New Hampshire (0-2-0)  0/4 5/10 0
Ohio State (1-0-0)  0/3 6/12 0
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 0-2-0)58:501 761124
Empty Net1:100     
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kassidy Sauve (W, 1-0-0)60:000 98724

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Claudia Kepler's second-period goal lifted the Ohio State women's hockey team to a 1-0 season-opening win over New Hampshire Friday evening at the OSU Ice Rink. In the first contest of her Buckeye career, freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve recorded 24 saves for the shutout.

The Buckeyes, now 1-0-0 on the year, and the Wildcats (0-2-0, 0-1-0 WHEA) will close out the series at 2:07 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.

The teams were scoreless after the first. Sauve had nine saves in the period, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 9-7. Both squads had one power play chance in the stanza.

In the second, Kepler, a sophomore from Verona, Wis., beat UNH goalie Vilma Vaattovaara in front of the net off of a rebounded shot by Kendall Curtis. Bryanna Neuwald picked up the second assist. Ohio State's penalty kill unit held strong through two UNH power play opportunities. Shots were 8-7 in favor of the Wildcats, as Sauve was credited with eight saves

New Hampshire had an opportunity on the power play late but the Buckeye defense held strong.

Ohio State outshot New Hampshire for the game 25-24. Neither team scored on the power play. Ohio State was 0-for-3 and New Hampshire was 0-for-4.