COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 6-ranked Ohio State women's ice hockey team was defeated by No. 3 Cornell 5-1 on Saturday in the non-conference series finale. The two Top 10 teams battled through 15 total penalties in game two with Cornell converting on two while the Buckeye's only found the back of the net once. With the loss, Ohio State slides to 10-4-4 (6-3-3 WCHA) while Cornell improves to 9-1-1 (5-0-1 ECAC).
In game two, Cornell took the lead first again as Paige Lewis scored on the Big Red's opening shot on goal in the third minute of play. Ohio State fell behind early in shots but a five minute major and game misconduct penalty on Cornell's Jaime Bourbonnais in the 10th minute proved to be the turning point in the period for the Buckeyes. Bourbonnais was charged with boarding and was sent off for the remainder of the game while the team was booked with an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. With the five on three advantage, Liz Schepers picked out a corner from the hash marks, tying the game at 1-all. Her 12th goal of the season was assisted by Jincy Dunne and Sophie Jaques. Ohio State finished the period with a 19-6 advantage in shots while Andrea Braendli tallied five saves.
In the second 20 minutes of play, 10 penalties were assessed including three sets of matching penalties. At the end of two periods, 37 penalty minutes were served with a power play goal by each team. Just over the halfway mark in the period, Maddie Mills scored her sixth goal of the season to give Cornell its second lead of the game while Sara Saekkinen was serving a penalty for slashing. Six minutes and three penalties later, Cornell's Finley Frechette scored an even strength goal to extend the Big Red lead by two. The score held at 3-1 as a late Cornell goal was called back for goaltender interference. Ohio State led the period in shots, 16-10 for an overall 35-16 advantage after two. Junior goaltender Lynsey Wallace finished out the final 22 seconds of the second period in net for the Buckeyes and played the remainder of the game.
Cornell took advantage of their sixth power play of the day in the 11th minute of the final period as Mills scored her second goal of the day while Eve Savander was serving a boarding penalty for the Buckeyes. With the Buckeyes down by a margin of three, Wallace headed to the bench with 7:48 remaining on the clock. Ohio State kept up the offensive pressure, outshooting Cornell 14-7 in the final frame, but Kristin O'Neill took advantage of a loose puck and tallied the final Cornell goal in the 16th minute. The Big Red took game two, 5-1 while Ohio State held the overall advantage in shots, 49-23. Lindsay Browning notched 48 saves for Cornell while Braendli tallied 13 and Wallace added another five.