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Nov. 2, 2016

Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (3-6-1, 1-6-1 WCHA) takes a break from conference play this weekend, welcoming Lindenwood (0-6-0, 0-2-0 CHA) to Columbus for a two-game series. Puck drops for the weekend: 6:00 on Friday and 2:00 on Saturday.

Live stats and a live stream ($) are available for the games this weekend, and updates will also be posted on our Twitter (@OhioState_WHKY).

Important parking note: Due to the football game taking place on Saturday evening, fans will not be permitted to park in any of the lots near OSU Ice Rink. Fans will need to park in a Day-of-Game lot for a $20 fee. For more information on which parking lots are available this Saturday, please visit this map provided by CampusParc: http://go.osu.edu/Parking

Last Time Out

The Buckeyes hosted No. 3 Minnesota Duluth last weekend, falling on Friday 6-0 and narrowly being edged out on Saturday, 3-2.

Friday’s game saw four early goals from UMD that gave it a commanding lead after the first 20 minutes. Both Kassidy Sauve and Kaylee Remington saw action in that game, with the freshman playing the final two periods. Remington performed well in her debut, stopping 20 of the 22 shots she faced, allowing a goal each in the second and third periods. Minnesota Duluth fired off 19 shots in a busy first period, the only one in which Sauve saw action.

Game two on Saturday was a different story. Maddy Field and Samantha Bouley scored the goals for Ohio State on Saturday. Field’s goal was her fourth of the season, while Bouley notched her second of the year. Both goals came in the third period, the best period Ohio State had all weekend. It outshot Minnesota Duluth 17-8 and had a pair of power play opportunities, one of which was converted by Field. The offensive outburst was a welcome sight for the Buckeyes, who had been outshot 39-10 prior to the final 20 minutes.

Flag Bearers

Three former Ohio State women’s hockey players will be competing in the 2016 Four Nations Cup, which began on Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 5 in Vierumäki, Finland. Team Canada features former Buckeye forward Natalie Spooner (2009-12), Team Sweden will have defenseman Annie Svedin (2010-14), and the Team Finland will bring former defenseman Minttu Tuominen (2010-2013) to the ice.

Held every year since 1996, the Four Nations Cup brings together the top four women’s hockey countries in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States – for an international tournament.

Quotable

“Now that we’re practicing and working on special teams, they’re getting a feel for it and getting to know each other better. It’s just getting to know each other and knowing the system. It just takes a little time.” – head coach Nadine Muzerall after scoring a power play goal on Saturday.

Buckeye Bits

  • With the first month of the season in the rearview mirror, here are the statistical leaders for Ohio State so far:
  • Goals: Maddy Field (4)
  • Assists: Lauren Spring (5)
  • Points: Field/Spring (6)
  • SOG: Field (35)
  • Single-game goals: Field (2, Oct. 1 at RPI)
  • Single-game assists: Jincy Dunne (2, Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota Duluth)
  • Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)
  • Field is one of six underclassmen in the WCHA to have at least four goals so far this season
  • Sauve has faced 386 shots, far and away the most in the country and her .943 save percentage is sixth-best in the country
  • Dunne’s 22 blocked shots are in the Top 10 nationally and the most of any freshmen in the NCAA.

About the Lions

Still searching for its first win of the season, Lindenwood has made visits to Minnesota and Syracuse this season while hosting Northeastern in its only home series thus far. In six games, the Lions have been outscored 26-3, with two of their goals coming in a game against the Golden Gophers.

The three goal scorers are Taylor Girard, Kirsten Martin, and Corbin Welsh, all three of whom are underclassmen. In goal Jolene deBruyn has seen the most time, starting four games and owning a .890 save percentage. Morgan Skinner has started two games and has stopped .853 percent of shots her way. Both deBruyn and Skinner are underclassmen as well.

Ohio State holds a perfect 4-0 record against Lindenwood, including a series sweep to begin the year last season.