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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6/7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team lost its first game of 2018 to the Penn State Nittany Lions 5-1 on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Buckeyes (12-5-4, 8-2-4 WCHA) outshot the Nittany Lions 32-to-26, including a 17-shot third period, but Penn State goaltender Hannah Ehresman made 31 saves on the night, limiting the Buckeyes to one goal.
Penn State opened the scoring in the first period when Meike Meilleur snuck a wrist shot past Kassidy Sauvé to take a 1-0 lead with 12:43 left in the period. PSU added to their lead with a goal from Katie Rankin in the second period, and another Rankin goal near the midway point of the third.
With Ohio State trying to claw its way back into the game, co-captain Julianna Iafallo lit the lamp to put the Buckeyes on the board with 6:11 left in the game. As the OSU press continued, Sauvé went to the bench to bring on an extra attacker. That was the opening Penn State needed to ice the game as they scored an empty netter, and added one more insurance goal to take the 5-1 victory.
“We started off good, getting opportunities but not converting them,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “But we need to score and we’ve been struggling with that for far too long. We need to play like the sixth best team in the nation. Unfortunately we did not do that tonight.”
Sauvé finished the night with 21 saves, while Jincy Dunne and Dani Sadek tallied assists on Iafallo’s goal.
The Buckeyes take on Penn State tomorrow as they look to earn a split in the series. Puck drop for the series finale is set for 3:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.
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