October 5, 2017

Buckeyes Open WCHA Play At No. 4 Minnesota

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Oct. 5, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team opens Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend as it faces the No. 4 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Game one of the series is scheduled for an 8:07 p.m. ET start on Friday night, while Saturday’s game is set for a 4:07 p.m. ET puck drop.

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Last Time Out

The Buckeyes (2-0-0) used a pair of four-goal games to sweep the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last weekend, 4-1 on Friday and 4-0 on Saturday. On Friday, Tatum Skaggs scored the first and last goals for the Buckeyes, while Maddy Field and Grace Zarzecki chipped in a goal each to secure the win. In Saturday’s showdown, Skaggs scored her third goal of the weekend and picked up an assist, while Field, Emma Maltais and Lauren Boyle all lit the lamp. Kassidy Sauvé made 21 saves on the way to the 13th shutout of her career in the 4-0 win.

Going Back To Where It All Began

Both Head Coach Nadine Muzerall and Assistant Coach Milica McMillen played at Minnesota, and Muzerall spent five years as an assistant coach there. During Muzerall’s coaching stint, the Golden Gophers played in the NCAA championship game every year, and won four of them. McMillen played on four of those teams, winning titles in 2013, 2015, and 2016. “I am excited for this weekend. It will be a great test for our team to face a top five team right off the bat in conference play,” said McMillen. “Ridder Arena always has a great atmosphere, plus it’s a bit of a homecoming for both coach Muzerall and I, so it should be fun. I am grateful to be involved in some more games there.”

Records Were Made To Be Broken

With her 13th career shutout on Saturday, Sauvé now stands alone with the most shutouts in program history, eclipsing the 12 from April Stojak (2000-03). Sauvé also holds the records for saves in a season (1,135) and season save percentage (.942).

Trophy Case

Skaggs was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after her four-point weekend. The freshman is tied for the NCAA lead with three goals, and is tied for second in the NCAA in points-per-game (2.00).

About The Golden Gophers

Minnesota (1-1-0) split their opening weekend series with Merrimack, dropping Friday night’s game 4-3 before winning the Saturday game 4-1. Nicole Schammel leads the team with four points on two goals and two assists. Olivia Knowles and Kippin Keller are right behind her with three points from one goal and two assists each, while all three of Patti Marshall’s points have come from assists.