DURHAM, N.H. -- Freshman Jeni Creary registered two goals and two assists to lead The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-3 victory against the sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
With the game tied, 3-3, Heather Farrell scored a power-play goal on the right doorstep to give OSU (2-0-1) a 4-3 advantage at 13:39.
UNH, which lost a season opener for the first time since 1994, was given a power-play opportunity when Lindsey Steblen was whistled for hooking at 17:40. The Wildcats pulled goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) for the final 1:12 to create a two-skater advantage but did not register a shot on goal in an attempt to tie the game.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at 11:56 of the first period on a goal by freshman Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.). Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) set up the breakaway tally with a pass through the neutral zone.
OSU took a 2-1 lead in the second stanza on Creary goals at 14:02 and 19:20. Emma Laaksonen recorded an assist on both goals. The Buckeyes registered n 18-4 shot advantage in the frame.
The Wildcats opened strong in the final period. Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) redirected a shot by Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) into the netting to tie the game, 2-2, at 3:04. MacMaster potted her second goal of the game 37 seconds later to put UNH back in the lead.
OSU had a quick reply, however. Jennifer Desson knotted the game, 3-3, at 4:46. The visitors continued to control the majority of play until taking the lead at 13:39 on Farrell's goal.
UNH goaltender Jen Huggon finished with 36 saves. OSU's Melissa Glaser stopped 16 shots.
The teams conclude the two-game series Oct. 20 at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.