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Erie, Pa. — The No. 6/7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team scored with 1:09 left in regulation to defeat the Mercyhurst University Lakers 2-1 on Friday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The Buckeyes (12-3-4, 8-2-4 WCHA) outshot the Lakers 13-to-7 in the first period, but a quick wrist shot from Sarah Hine sailed over Kassidy Sauvé’s shoulder and into the back of the net to give Mercyhurst a 1-0 lead as the first period came to a close.
Ohio State wasted little time in tying things up in the second as Maddy Field lit the lamp for the ninth time this season to tie the game at 1-1 just 4:30 into the period. Jincy Dunne tallied her 12th assist of the year on the equalizer. The redshirt sophomore ranks second on the team in assists, while Field is now tied for second on the squad in goals.
In a third period that saw a combined nine penalties for both teams, it looked as if OSU was destined to play its fourth straight overtime game. Liz Schepers, however, wanted to send everyone home after regulation. The freshman came away with the puck after a scrum in front of Mercyhurst goaltender Kennedy Blair and deposited it into the back of the net with just 1:09 remaining in the game to give Ohio State the 2-1 advantage. Despite pulling Blair, the Lakers could not even things up as the Buckeyes took game one of the series, 2-1.
Sauvé finished with 19 saves, while Lauren Spring and Lisa Bruno earned assists on the game winning goal. Over the last two seasons, the Buckeyes are now 10-1 in non-conference games, their lone loss coming at No. 9 Robert Morris earlier this season in overtime.
“Although we played a very uncharacteristic game full of flow ruining penalties, I believe that we were the more dominant team and we earned the win,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “However, we going to get back out there tomorrow and play our kind of game, true Buckeye hockey, and capitalize on our opportunities.”
The Buckeyes take the ice for the last time in 2017 tomorrow to wrap up their series with the Lakers. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. ET.
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