St. Lawrence Drops Opener to No. 9 Ohio State

St. Lawrence Drops Opener to No. 9 Ohio State

Ohio State's women's hockey team dominated the first period, building a 2-0 lead and outshooting St. Lawrence 21-6 en route to a 4-1 victory over the Saints in the season opener for both teams on Friday night at OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio.

Liz Schepers scored two goals and added an assist for the ninth-ranked Buckeyes.

Sophomore goaltender Jaimie Rainville made 37 saves in her first career start in goal for the Saints, and junior transfer Brittney Gout scored in her first career game for St. Lawrence.

The shots and scoring chances were virtually even in the second and third periods, with the Buckeyes holding a slim 20-19 edge in shots on goal in the final two frames.

"It took us a little while to get going tonight," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Ohio State really jumped us and that was my fault. I didn't have us quite game read to start. I thought our team really brought it in the second and third periods. We had a couple posts and some great opportunities. All in all, a good first game for this young team. Tomorrow will be another good game to see where we are."

The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal halfway through the first period. Teghan Inglis started the play with a high shot from the point, which Rainville knocked down with her blocker. Schepers tipped the rebound toward the net, and Sophie Jaques put it away after Rainville stopped her initial bid with her left pad.

Ohio State increased its lead to two goals with 1:35 to play in the first, with Schepers taking advantage of a St. Lawrence turnover with a wrist shot glove side from the slot.

Paetyn Levis gave the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead 11 minutes into the second period after Jacques' shot from the point was stopped by Rainville; Paetyn gathered the rebound and lifted the rebound into the top of the net.

Gout got the Saints got on the scoreboard late in the second period. Maggie McLaughlin led a rush down the right side and sent a tough-angle shot towards the Ohio State net, and Gout redirected it past Ohio State goaltender Andrea Braendli to get the Saints back within two goals. Claire Dudley also picked up an assist on the play.

The Saints had several chances to cut the lead to one in the third period, hitting the post twice. About halfway through the period, Kayla Vespa led a 2-on-1 after the Saints won the draw in the defensive zone and passed it to Shailynn Snow, whose shot hit the near post. Late in the game, with the goalie pulled for an extra skater, Rachel Teslak snuck a wrist shot from the point through a screen and clanged the puck squarely off the iron.

A little more than a minute later, Schepers put the game away with an empty net goal.

Braendli made 24 saves for the Buckeyes, who were 1-for-3 on the power play. The Saints were scoreless in four power play opportunities.

The teams will meet again on Saturday with opening faceoff set for 3:07 p.m.