Late goals lift Buckeyes to win Penn State – Ohio State Buckeyes

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Ohio State scored the game’s first goal, but Penn State took a 2-1 lead at 6:30. The Buckeyes then scored the next three, including two before the end of the first quarter, to tie the game and take the lead. The teams traded goals early in the second quarter before the Buckeyes went on a four-goal run to lead 8-3 with 4:46 left in the first half. Penn State scored two of the last three goals of the half, sending the teams to halftime with Ohio State ahead, 9-5.

With four straight goals to start the second half, Penn State tied the game at nine with 5:44 left in the third quarter. Each team scored once more in the third for a 10-10 draw heading into the final stanza.

Penn State again took the lead with a goal at 11:44. But the Buckeyes battled for the win, keeping the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard the rest of the game. Sophie Baez set up Lindsay Epstein at 5:43 to tie the contest, then found Jamie Lasda for the winner with 2:53 to go. Goaltender Regan Alexander made eight of 10 saves in the second half, including five in the third quarter.

Baez led the Buckeyes with five assists and seven points and Chloe Johnson had a hat trick and five draw checks. Nicole Ferrara had a five-point day, with two goals and three assists. Epstein scored twice, picked up four ground balls and had seven draw checks, as well as two turnovers. Lasda also scored twice for Ohio State.

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Ohio State will be on the road for its next two games, starting with a non-conference game in Louisville at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the game on ACC Network. The Buckeyes will return to Big Ten play with a game at 7:30 p.m. on BTN in Michigan on April 8.

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