March 15, 2018

Buckeyes Set For Frozen Four Clash With Clarkson

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March 15, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team is looking to make its way to the NCAA Championship game, but to do so the Buckeyes will have to get through the overall No. 1 seed Clarkson Golden Knights in the NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal. The game is set for a 5 p.m. start on Friday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game airs live on the Big Ten Network, and is available to stream at the link below.

Game Notes

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Last Time Out

The Buckeyes (24-10-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) punched their ticket to the Frozen Four in dramatic fashion, handing Boston College its first, and only, shutout of the season. Neither team could score in the opening period, but Lauren Boyle found the back of the net in the second to tally the first NCAA Tournament goal in program history, and give OSU a 1-0 lead.

As Boston College fired shot after shot at Sauvé in the third, the goaltender proved why she’s seen as one of the best in the nation, refusing to let the Eagles get to the promised land. BC put 23 shots-on-goal in the final period, but the only shot to light the lamp in the final 20 minutes came from Maddy Field, securing the 2-0 win for the Buckeyes.

With the win, Sauvé tied the all-time wins record for goaltenders at 42. She also made 38 saves on the night, extending her all-time program leading save total to 2,516. Julianna Iafallo tallied assists on both goals, while Dani Sadek notched an assist on Boyle’s second period goal.

Buckeye Bits

Emma Maltais leads the WCHA with 1.11 points-per-game, and her 40 points are tied for the league lead. Her 24 assists are tied for second in the league. She’s tied for fifth place among all players still competing this year in points. Kassidy Sauvé comes in at third in the NCAA with 10 shutouts, and her 887 saves are good for sixth place nationally. She leads the WCHA in saves, and ranks second in shutouts. Tatum Skaggs leads the WCHA with 23 goals and .61 goals-per-game. Her 37 points rank fourth in the conference. Maddy Field ranks third on the team in points. The junior has 30 points, tied with her career high from the 2016-17 season, from 19 goals and 11 assists. She tallied the first hat trick of her career against Minnesota State on February 23. Julianna Iafallo has 27 points this year from 12 goals and 15 assists. Jincy Dunne has tallied 26 points this season from the blue line, primarily from assists. The redshirt-sophomore has 24 assists and two goals on the year. Her 24 assists are tied for second in the WCHA with fellow Buckeye Emma Maltais.

Buckeye Quotes On the Clarkson Game

OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall: “These girls have been relentless this season. Clarkson is a great team, they’re we’ll coached and they’re a very defensive team, but this isn’t the first beast we’ve come across. We played some of the best teams in the country along the way that have helped prepare us for a team as good as Clarkson.”

Co-Captain Julianna Iafallo: “As great as Saturday was, our celebration ended Monday morning when we got to practice because we’re not done yet. We’ve worked every day to make this possible, so many people doubted us along the way. We want to prove them wrong.”

Forward Emma Maltais: “I always hoped to play in the Frozen Four, and I know that’s the goal of every girl on this team and every coach on the staff. Before I got here coach Muzerall asked if I was ready to make history, and this weekend I think the whole team is ready to make some history,”

About The Golden Knights

Clarkson, the defending nation champions, has never faced Ohio State in a women’s ice hockey game. The Golden Knights are led by two of the most potent scorers in the nation, Loren Gabel and Elizabeth Giguère. Gabel ranks third in the nation with 74 points coming from 35 goals and 39 assists. Giguère sits right behind Gabel in points with 69, 26 of which were goal and 43 are assists. The tandem represent to the top point scorers remaining in the Frozen Four. Shea Tiley represents the defensive backbone of the team in net, coming into the weekend with an NCAA leading 33 wins. Her .942 save percentage is fourth overall, and second among goaltenders still competing this year.