Saints Fall to Ninth-Ranked Ohio State in Heartbreaker

Saints Fall to Ninth-Ranked Ohio State in Heartbreaker

Ninth-ranked Ohio State scored two goals in a span of eight seconds in the final 1:04 of the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory over St. Lawrence in a non-league women's hockey game on Saturday afternoon at OSU Ice Rink in Columbus Ohio.

Madison Bizal tied the game with the Buckeyes skating with an extra attacker with 1:04 to play, and Emma Maltais scored the game-winner just eight seconds later. Tatum Skaggs assisted on both goals for the Buckeyes.

Maggie McLaughlin and Kayla Vespa scored goals for the Saints, who fell to 0-2-0 on the season. Ohio State improved to 2-0-0.

"Heartbreaker today," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Our team played hard all game long, as did Ohio State. This one will sting for a bit, especially with 10-and-a-half hours on the bus ahead of us. We are a much better hockey team today than when we arrived and we all learned some great things about ourselves. Everyone in our room is looking forward to another chance to play soon."

McLaughlin gave the Saints a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second period, putting away a loose puck from the right side after shots by Brittney Gout and Anna Segedi were saved by Ohio State goaltender Andrea Brändli.

The Buckeyes tied the game less than two minutes later, with Teghan Inglis firing a shot from the slot through a crowd into the back of the net.

Halfway through the second, the Saints took the lead again. Shailynn Snow created a turnover by the half boards and found Vespa alone in the slot. Vespa fired a wrist shot over Brändli's glove to give the Saints a 2-1 lead.

Ohio State pulled the goaltender for an extra attacker with 3:20 remaining in the game and kept sustained pressure on the Saints for most of the next two minutes before Bizal tied the game, taking a pass from behind the net from Skaggs to the left faceoff dot and one-timing a shot into the right side.

The Buckeyes won the ensuing faceoff, and Skaggs found Maltais with a pass across the goal mouth and Maltais put it away to give Ohio State its first lead of the game.

Lucy Morgan made 36 saves in her first collegiate start in goal for the Saints. Brändli made 17 saves for Ohio State, which outshot the Saints 39-19.

The Saints will be back on the road next week, facing New Hampshire in a Thursday-Friday series in Durham, New Hampshire.