Sept. 30, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— Kassidy Sauve proved to be too much to handle in the net as the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team posted its first clean sheet of the season with a 4-0 win over the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink.
Sauve resembled a brick wall in the net, blocking all 21 shots she faced. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association Preseason Player of the Year only faced 11 shots during the first two periods, but withstood a 10 shot flurry from the Engineers in the third to earn the 13th shutout of her career.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead when Emma Maltais scored her first collegiate goal off assists from Charly Dahlquist and Tatum Skaggs. It was Dahlquist’s second assist of the year, and Skaggs’ first.
In the second period Skaggs picked up where she left off last night by dragging the puck in front of the RPI goaltender before placing it in the back of the net, giving her a team high three goals on the year. Later on Lauren Boyle scored her first goal of the year off assists from captains Juliana Iafallo and Lauren Spring, giving Ohio State a 3-0 lead after two.
Finally, Maddy Field scored her second goal of the season when she rebounded a loose puck and dropped it in the net at the 10:30 mark of the third, giving OSU a definitive 4-0 lead.
“It’s great to start the year off with a sweep, but full credit goes to RPI, they battled us hard the entire weekend.” said Head Coach Nadine Muzerall. “What was truly great about this weekend was seeing our youngsters step up and get some points, but you can never understate what it means to have Sauve in the net. She made some key saves to secure the shutout. Even if she didn’t come up on the scoresheet, Jincy Dunne was out there the whole weekend making great plays. Dunne’s craftiness is invaluable to our squad. I like where we are as a team as we get ready for a big test on the road next weekend.”
Ohio State hits the road next weekend for a series at No. 3 Minnesota. Game one of the series is set for an 8:07 ET start on Friday night.