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Jan. 11, 2017

Columbus, Ohio— Coming off two straight shutouts at Penn State last weekend, Ohio State (10-10-2, 4-10-2 WCHA) hosts conference foe Bemidji State (8-11-1, 4-11-1 WCHA) this weekend. Friday’s game is set to start at 6:07 p.m. while Saturday’s game will begin at 3:07 p.m.

After the game on Saturday we will be having our second Skate with the Buckeyes of the season, which will begin at the conclusion of the game and last for approximately 30 minutes. Skate rentals are $3.00

Friday: Live Stream ($) and Live Stats

Saturday: Live Stream ($) and Live Stats

Updates will also be posted on our Twitter (@OhioState_WHKY).

Last Time Out

The Buckeyes got 2017 started in the best possible way: a pair of shutouts during its road series at Penn State. Ohio State defeated the Nittany Lions 5-0 on Friday before beating them 6-0 on Saturday.

In Friday’s game it was the top lines for Ohio State that did all the damage. Katie Matheny led the way with her first career hat trick, while Julianna Iafallo added a career-high three assists. Jincy Dunne and Maddy Field added the other two goals for OSU, while Kassidy Sauve stopped 29 shots en route to the victory.

Saturday’s game featured scoring from up and down the lineup, with six different skaters scoring goals for the Buckeyes. Samantha Bouley scored the first goal of the game in the second period, and Field followed up with her second score of the weekend. The third period was the most productive of the season scoring-wise for Ohio State; Dani Sadek, Jessica Dunne, Breanne Grant, and Jincy Dunne all scored to secure the big 6-0 win and the sweep. Once again, Sauve earned a shutout, stopping 26 shots.

Quotable

“This weekend was a great start to the new year and second half of the season for us. It’s awesome to see all our hard work pay off. We had a long Christmas break but everyone went home and worked their butts off in preparation for the second half of the season and it definitely showed in our games this weekend.” –senior captain Katie Matheny

Trophy Case

Jincy Dunne has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after her outstanding weekend series against Penn State.

In two games against the Nittany Lions, Dunne tallied two goals and an assist and was +6 on the ice, tops among all freshmen in the country last weekend. The O’Fallon, Missouri native scored the first goal of the weekend and the last, bookending a fantastic series for Ohio State.  She was a major factor on a defense that posted two straight shutouts: 5-0 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday. Her multi-point game on Saturday was the second of the season

Dunne has made a big impact in her first season playing for the Buckeyes; she’s scored four goals and dished out eight assists for 12 points, fourth among all freshmen defensemen in the NCAA. Her 48 blocked shots put her in the Top 10 nationally among all skaters, and most among all freshmen.

This marks the fourth WCHA weekly honor for an Ohio State player this season. Goaltender Kassidy Sauve has won WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times this year.

National Pride

Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall was an assistant coach for Canada’s U22 National Team at the 2017 Nations Cup. The tournament ran from January 4-7 and her team reached the gold medal game, falling to Finland 1-0. Muzerall’s team scored 13 goals in the first three games of the tournament while allowing just three.

Muzerall is no stranger to a Hockey Canada coaching staff. Earlier this year she was an assistant coach for a three-game series against the United States that took place in Calgary (during which Canada took two of the three games), and she has served as a camp coach at Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp. Back in July she was named to the coaching staff for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.

Brand New Buckeyes

The NCAA’s early signing period was this month, and head coach Nadine Muzerall and her staff had five future student-athletes ink National Letters of Intent.

Lisa Bruno, Emma Maltais, Elizabeth Schepers, Tatum Skaggs, and McKenna Wesloh all signed NLI’s to continue their academic and athletic careers at Ohio State, and all five have already experienced great success in their young hockey careers. Between the five of them they have won national championships, league championships, and put up some incredibly numbers on the ice. Find out more about the newest members of the Ohio State family. You can also watch them sign their National Letters of Intent here.

Buckeye Bits

  • Here are your statistical leaders for Ohio State at the moment:

Goals: Maddy Field (8)
Assists: Jincy Dunne/Dani Sadek (8)
Points: Field (15)
SOG: Field (77)
Single-game goals: Lauren Boyle/Katie Matheny (3, Nov. 5 vs. Lindenwood/Jan. 6 at Penn State)
Single-game assists: Julianna Iafallo (3, Jan. 6 at Penn State
Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)

  • Ohio State’s penalty kill sits at .923 right now, good for third in the country. They have killed 35 straight penalties dating back to the Oct. 15 game against Bemidji State.
  • Maddy Field is tied for third among WCHA underclassmen in goals scored and tied for fourth in total points among that same group.
  • When it comes to getting shots on net, Field has been the best threat for Ohio State this season. She leads the team with 77 shots and 3.50 per game; no other Buckeye averages more than three per game, and just two others (Dani Sadek and Lauren Boyle) average at least two.
  • She’s excelled at blocking shots all season, and the numbers show it; Jincy Dunne leads all freshmen across the NCAA with 48, and that number puts her in the Top 10 nationally. Teammates Dani Sadek and Jessica Dunne also rank in the Top 15 nationally of that category.
  • The Buckeyes enjoyed playing non-conference games: they were 6-0 this season with a goal differential of 24-1.
  • Kassidy Sauve’s numbers in non-conference games this season were outstanding: 6-0-0, five shutouts, .994 save percentage, 0.17 goals against average. The only other goalie in the country with five shutouts outside of conference play is Quinnipiac’s Sydney Rossman- who has played 11 such games compared to Sauve’s six.
  • Boyle’s hat trick against Lindenwood on Nov. 5 was the first by a defenseman this season in all of DI college hockey this season, men or women

About the Beavers

Bemidji State has won three of its past four games, including a sweep of RIT last weekend.

Leading the way for the Beavers on offense is Emily Bergland with 13 points. Teammates Madison Hutchinson and Emma Terres each have double-digit point totals as well. Bergland is the team leader with seven goals and Haley Mack leads in assists with eight.

In goal it has been Brittni Mowat for 18 of the 20 games, and she owns a record of 7-10-1 with two shutouts. She has stopped just over 92 percent of the shots directed at her and she’s averaging 2.29 goals allowed per game. As a team Bemidji State sits sixth in the WCHA in both goals scored and goals allowed this season.