No. 1 Buckeyes earn first home win of season, defeat St. Cloud State 5-2


The No. 1 Ohio State girls’s ice hockey staff defeated St. Cloud State 5-2 in its home opener Friday. Credit: Zachary Rilley | Photo Editor

In a full of life setting on the Ohio State Ice Rink Friday, the No. 1 Ohio State girls’s ice hockey staff skated away with a 5-2 win in opposition to the St. Cloud State Huskies. 

Anticipation was once construction from the beginning for the Buckeyes’ first home sport of the season, the first since Ohio State earned this system’s first nationwide championship in March. Head trainer Nadine Muzerall stated it was once rewarding to after all play in entrance of and get a win for the home crowd.

“I think the fans really helped us. It looked really packed. It was really loud,” Muzerall stated. “I appreciate the love that we got, and I think the girls came out really hot.”

The Buckeyes got here out firing and peppered Huskies junior goaltender Sanni Ahola with 3 pictures within the first minute of play, atmosphere the tone for what was once to return as they completed the sport with 41 pictures on purpose.

However, St. Cloud State discovered its groove defensively, as each groups battled in a bodily, lightly matched scoreless first duration that includes two journeys to the penalty field from each side. 

It simplest took Buckeyes graduate defenseman Sophie Jaques 15 seconds into the second one duration to log her first purpose of the season, as a wrist shot from the purpose discovered the again of the web giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.

Jaques stated the emphasis the staff has placed on bettering the facility play all over the week gave her the risk to tally her first purpose of the season.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of work on the powerplay in practice, so I think it was good that we were able to capitalize on that,” Jaques stated. “It was really nice and exciting to score it in our home rink.”

Just over two mins later, the Buckeyes offense persevered to click on as graduate ahead Gabby Rosenthal’s rebound purpose at the crease prolonged Ohio State’s result in 2-0, because of an help from senior ahead Jennifer Gardiner.

Muzerall stated Rosenthal’s have an effect on exceeds that of only a purpose scorer.

“Gabby is one of the most underrated centermen, I think, in all of college hockey,” Muzerall stated. “People always look at points and goals and box scores. If you watch her faceoff wins, and how many she wins whether it’s on the left or right side, she just wins them, and that’s crucial for puck possession opportunities.”

Less than a minute after discovering themselves in a 2-0 deficit, a most sensible nook wrist shot from Huskies senior ahead Klára Hymlárová soared previous Buckeye senior goaltender Raygan Kirk’s shoulder, placing St. Cloud State at the scoreboard and chopping Ohio State’s lead in part.

A two-on-one ruin over a minute into the 3rd duration ended in a topshelf wrist shot from freshman ahead Sloane Matthews, extending the result in 3-1 and logging the first purpose of her Buckeye profession. 

Matthews didn’t let up on offense, as a wrist shot from the highest of the zone simply 4 mins later discovered its manner via site visitors and into the again of the web, extending Ohio State’s result in 4-1.

Muzerall stated Matthews was once a perfect addition to the staff and they’re excited to observe her develop.

“She went under the radar I think for some people who have watched her,” Muzerall stated. “The more time on ice she has and the more experience, the more lethal she’ll be as well. She has a bright future and was a really good get for us.”

The Huskies offense didn’t pass down with out a struggle, and a two-on-one ruin ended in a stick aspect purpose for fifth-year middle Jenniina Nylund, narrowing the space to 4-2 with simply over 10 mins to play within the ultimate duration.

As the clock wound down with seconds left, a final ditch try to pull the goalie ended in an empty web for graduate ahead Paetyn Levis, who fired the puck down the ice and prolonged the Buckeyes result in 5-2.

The Buckeyes host St. Cloud State Saturday at 3 p.m. on the Ohio State Ice Rink.

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