|2nd||5:02||OSU||1-0||EV GW||Claudia Kepler (1)||Kendall Curtis/1, Bryanna Neuwald/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (0-2-0)||0/4||5/10||0|
|Ohio State (1-0-0)||0/3||6/12||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Vilma Vaattovaara (L, 0-2-0)||58:50||1||7||6||11||24|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauve (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0||9||8||7||24|
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) stopped 24 of 25 shots but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 1-0 by Ohio State University at OSU Ice Rink on Friday night.
UNH is now 0-2-0 on the season while this marked the season opener for OSU. The two-game series concludes Oct. 4 (2 p.m.).
Ohio State goalie Kassidy Sauve made 24 saves for the shutout and Claudia Kepler scored the game's only goal at 5:02 of the second period.
Vaattovaara was tested twice in the opening three minutes and recorded a save against both Julia McKinnon and Alison Gasuik. UNH evened the shots, 2-2, in the next three minutes but Sauve kept the game scoreless by denying Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) and Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta).
The Wildcats went on the first power play of the game at 7:55 when OSU's Danielle Gagne was whistled for tripping. Sauve stopped shots by Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta), Boucher and Kashman again to backbone the Buckeyes' successful penalty kill.
Vaattovaara answered by turning aside bids by Kendall Curtis and Kari Schmitt. Within a minute at the other end of the ice, Sauve denied Kashman twice more. On the ensuing faceoff, the OSU goalie once again denied the 'Cats with a stop of Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.).
Ohio State went on a power play at 17:08 and recorded one shot during the two-minute skater advantage. In the closing minute of the first period, Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) was denied by Sauve.
Through the scoreless first period, UNH recorded a 9-7 shot advantage. The Wildcats pressured early in the second stanza as Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) snapped a shot that Sauve had to turn away, then the OSU goalie also denied Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.).
The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead at 5:02 of the second period when Kepler scored off Curtis' rebound. Bryanna Neuwald was also credited with an assist.
Within the next minute, Vaattovaara kept UNH within a goal with stops against both Schmitt and Lauren Spring. The Wildcats went on their second play at 9:06 and peppered Sauve with four shots - Schlagel and Boucher (three) -- before gaining a two-skater advantage for 27 seconds at 10:39. Sauve preserved her shutout with saves against Kashman and Curtis.
In the last five minutes of the middle frame, Vaattovaara denied Matheny twice. The Wildcats had an 8-7 shot advantage in the middle 20 minutes for a 17-14 edge at the second intermission.
OSU recorded a 3-2 shot advantage the opening three minutes of the third period before Kashman was sent to the penalty box for hooking at 2:56. UNH recorded as many shorthanded shots - one - as Ohio State did power-play shots the next two minutes.
The Wildcats went back to the penalty kill at 6:03 and neither team recorded a shot. Midway through the period, Vaattovaara turned away a flurry of shots by Katie Matheny and Kayla Sullivan (twice) to keep the 'Cats within a goal.
UNH went on its fourth power play of the night at 16:53. Sauve stopped Schlagel during the skater advantage and Vaattovaara was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:10 remaining. The Wildcats called time out with 59.5 seconds to play but recorded just one shot (by Kashman) the rest of the way.
Ohio State tallied an 11-7 shot advantage in the scoreless third period to finish with a 25-24 edge.