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Buckeyes Roll Past Lady Saints in Hockey Opening

COLUMBUS, OHIO - 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 an dsome 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. Liz 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 lifted the rebound over the goaltender's shoulder.

The Saints put together some sustained pressure after Ohio State's third goal, with Kayla Vespa

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 to get the Saints back within two goals.

The Saints had several chances to get within one goal in the third period, hitting the post twice. Kayla Vespa led a 2-on-1 after the Saints won the draw in the defensive zone passed it across to Shailynn Snow, whose shot was saved by Ohio State goaltender Amanda Braendli.

Schepers put the game away with an empty net goal with just over a minute to play.

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.

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