|1st||19:25||OSU||1-0||EV GW||Maddy Field (1)||Samantha Bouley/2, Jacyn Reeves/2|
|2nd||0:40||OSU||2-0||PP||Maddy Field (2)||Jessica Dunne/2, Jincy Dunne/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (2-0-0)||1/3||8/16||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauve (W, 2-0-0)||59:57||0||15||14||4||33|
|Lovisa Selander (L, 1-3-0)||57:31||2||7||6||8||21|
Troy, N.Y.- The 2016-17 season is off to a great start for Ohio State. A 2-0 win today over RPI gives OSU a 2-0 record to start the year.
Though some of the numbers on the box score went in the Engineers' favor, the Buckeyes led in the only stat that counts: goals.
In game one of the weekend series Ohio State got off to the hot start, scoring two goals in the first two minutes of the game. On Saturday it was RPI that jumped out in front with the offensive pressure. Though none of their shots resulted in any goals, they fired off the first 13 shots on goal of the game, constantly putting Kassidy Sauve in a position to make a play.
And make plays she did. One day after making 34 saves in her return to the ice from injury, the redshirt sophomore stopped 33 shots today. More impressive still, she stood tall when her team needed her most, stopping 17 of 18 shots on RPI power plays. The only goal the Engineers managed the whole weekend came in the waning moments of Friday night's game in a 6-on-4 situation.
Offensively it was Maddy Field who provided the two goals for Ohio State. The sophomore scored twice in just 75 seconds of game time; she netted her first goal at the 19:25 mark of the first period then came back and scored again just 40 seconds into the second period. Her three points on the weekend match the three points she had last year in the Buckeyes' season-opening series.
Her first goal was assisted by Jacyn Reeves and Samantha Bouley. Reeves' relentless defense created the play, and Bouley's pass found Field's stick near center ice. The sophomore outskated the chasing defender and slid a shot right between the goalie's legs for her first score.
The second goal came on the power play, with assists going to Jincy Dunne and Jessica Dunne. Jincy made a great play to keep the puck in the zone and dished it off to her sister Jessica, who blasted a shot that Field tipped in for goal number two.
All told it was as good of a start as one could hope for the Buckeyes. Strong offensive play combined with two excellent performances between the pipes- and not to mention a great penalty kill all weekend- all had a hand in the two wins Ohio State earned.
Next weekend OSU will begin WCHA play with a trip to the team currently ranked No. 1 in the country, Wisconsin.