Oct. 21, 2017
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team posted its second straight shutout of the St. Cloud State Huskies, 4-0, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday.
Maddy Field got things going for the Buckeyes (7-0-1, 5-0-1 WCHA) late in the first when she scored her team-high sixth goal of the season. Emma Maltais notched her team best seventh assist on the goal, and Jincy Dunne got her fourth of the year as well. OSU took a 9-5 shots on goal advantage, and a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Just like with Friday’s game, Ohio State used the second period to take control of the game. Co-Captain Julianna Iafallo scored just 1:13 into the period to extend the OSU lead. Not willing to settle for a lone goal, she chipped in another one nearly 10 minutes later to make it 3-0 Ohio State. Jacyn Reeves and Lauren Boyle got the assists on the first goal, while Field and Reeves tallied assists on the second, and the Buckeyes took a 3-0 lead into the break.
Most of the third period was quiet, but with nearly four minutes left to play Maltais got a goal of her own to give OSU the 4-0 victory. Dunne got her second assist of the game on the final goal, while Elise Riemenschneider picked up her second assist in as many games.
Kassidy Sauvé made 26 saves to secure the shutout, the 16th of her career, extending her program record. The junior has a 1.36 goals against average and a .952 save percentage this season.
The Buckeye’s 7-0-1 record is the best start for the team in program history, a fact that has not been lost on head coach Nadine Muzerall. “It’s a very cool accomplishment, and this team deserves it. From the top to the bottom, we’ve all bought into what we’re doing, and where we’re going. We will enjoy this start, but we know that our job is far from finished.”
The Buckeyes have next weekend off, and then travel to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the University of Wisconsin Badgers.