St. Lawrence Settles for Series Split with Loss to Ohio State

St. Lawrence Settles for Series Split with Loss to Ohio State

Charly Dahlquist scored two goals and added a two assists to lead fourth-ranked Ohio State to a 6-1 win over 10th-ranked St. Lawrence University in a non-league women's hockey game at Appleton Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints — who defeated Ohio State 3-2 yesterday — trailed by 3-1 and 5-1 scores at the first and second intermissions respectively, and were unable to trim the lead, despite outshooting the Buckeyes 22-4 in the third period.

"Ohio State came out ready to play," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "It was a fast-paced game with lots energy from both teams. They capitalized on some very nice chances and we weren't able to. We had some nice efforts especially in the third period where we played some of our best hockey. It was another good weekend of hockey and now we feel we are ready for league play."

Jacyn Reeves gave the Buckeyes the lead just two minutes, 46 seconds into the game, backhanding the puck past St. Lawrence goaltender Sonjia Shelly off assists from Emma Maltais and Dahlquist.

Dahlquist scored her first goal of the game less than three minutes later, taking a centering pass from Maltais and burying it into a wide open net.

St. Lawrence's Lydia Grauer cut the lead to one goal just 41 seconds later with a wrist shot from the point that clinked off the post and in for the Saints' third power play goal of the weekend. Kayla Nielsen and Rachael Smithpicked up assists on the play

But the Buckeyes extended the lead to two goals again at the 12:20 mark, as Dahlquist sent a shot in on net that Shelly initially saved, but deflected off a St. Lawrence defender's skate an into the net.

Sara Säkkinen gave the Buckeyes a 4-1 lead 13 minutes into the second period, shoveling in a loose puck in the slot after Jincy Dunne's shot from the point was blocked in front of the net, and Tatum Skaggs scored on a scramble in front after Lauren Boyle clanged a shot from the point off the post with less than a minute to play in the second period.

Maltais put the game away with a shorthanded empty-net goal with just over eight minutes to play.

Shelly made 17 saves in net for the Saints, while Andrea Braendli stopped 42 of 43 shots, including all 22 from the Saints in the third period.

St. Lawrence fell to 4-5-1, while Ohio State moved to 7-3-0.

The Saints will open conference play next weekend, hosting Renssealer on Friday at 6 p.m. before facing Union at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex in Rochester on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.