Oct. 10, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team (2-1-0, 0-1-0 WCHA) dropped a 6-0 contest to the second-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (5-0-0, 3-0-0 WCHA) Friday evening in Madison, Wis. Held at LaBahn Arena, the game was the first of a two-game series between the squads. Action will resume Sunday, with the faceoff scheduled for 1:07 p.m. (CT).
In the eighth minute of play, Wisconsin’s Karley Sylvester beat the Buckeye penalty kill unit to put the Badgers on the board, 1-0. UW scored their second of the period with less than five minutes remaining in the stanza. Freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve withstood nine shots from Wisconsin, while Ohio State countered the high-powered Badger offense with three shots-on-goal.
Wisconsin had their second power play opportunity early in the second. The Buckeyes, however, were able to withstand the pressure, limiting the Badgers to no shots during the serving time. Ohio State’s special teams killed three penalties for the period. With two goals added, Wisconsin extended its lead to 4-0. Ohio State was able create more offensive opportunities with 10 shots-on-goal. Sauve held strong with 10 saves recorded.
The Buckeye power play contingent had five opportunities in the third period, but was unable to convert. The Badgers, however, continued to showcase one of the most skilled offenses in the nation. With two more goals in the third, six different Wisconsin players were credited with a goal for the game. Ohio State contributed 15 shots for the stanza.
Overall, Sauve totaled 18 saves in goal for the Buckeyes. Ohio State put up 28 shots, while Wisconsin countered with 29.