Feb. 23, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A hat trick from Maddy Field and a stellar performance from Amanda Zeglen helped the No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team open its post-season run with a 6-0 victory over the Minnesota State University Mavericks on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Buckeyes (22-9-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) absolutely dominated from the first puck drop, out-shooting the Mavericks 14-to-3 in the opening period. Charly Dahlquist wasted no time in putting OSU ahead, netting her eighth goal of the season less than two minutes into the game. The Buckeyes continued to fire away in the opening frame until Field scored the first of her goals at the 16:27 mark. Shortly after that a MSU penalty put Ohio State on the power play, and Lauren Boyle took full advantage of the extra attacker to score her fourth goal of the season with 1:15 left in the first.
OSU took a more methodical approach in the second period, only putting five shots-on-goal, but one of those shots came from All-WCHA First Team forward Emma Maltais as the rookie scored her 15th goal of the season to increase the Ohio State lead to 4-0. The Mavericks tried to close the SOG gap in the second, putting 14 on net, but Zeglen and the defense refused to budge as OSU took a 4-0 lead into the third.
The opening moments of the third period turned into the Maddy Field show as the junior scored her second and third goals of the game in the opening six minutes. Field has 16 goals on the season, and 27 points total. The Buckeye defense, led by All-WCHA First Team defenseman Jincy Dunne, stepped up and only allowed four shots to grace Zeglen’s net as the rookie goaltender tallied the first shutout of her career in a 6-0 win.
“I’m very proud of the girls, they did all the little things right tonight,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said after the game. “It was great to see Maddy play with confidence; she’s one of the best goal scorers in the WCHA and tonight reinforced that. Amanda stepped up and played a great game. She showed a lot of composure in a high-pressure situation. Tomorrow we have to come out and be relentless if we want to keep this thing going.”
Eight different Buckeyes tallied points in the game, with Field, Dahlquist, Dunne and Dani Sadek all notching three points each. Boyle finished with two points, while Maltais, Julianna Iafallo and Liz Schepers all scored one point each.
The Buckeyes now look toward Saturday where they can clinch a spot in the WCHA Final Faceoff with a win. Puck drop for game two of this best of three series with Minnesota State is set for a 3:07 p.m. start at the OSU Ice Rink.