Nov. 9, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team returns to Columbus for its first home games in nearly a month when the Buckeyes host the Minnesota State University Mavericks in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend at the OSU Ice Rink. Game one of the series is set for a 6:07 p.m. start on Friday, while puck drop for Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 2:07 p.m. start.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (7-2-1, 5-2-1 WCHA) found themselves on the wrong side of the win/loss column for the first time this year in their series at No. 1 Wisconsin. The Badgers took the first game 7-0, while a late goal from Tatum Skaggs in the second game was not enough, as OSU fell in the series finale 3-1. Emma Maltais and Jincy Dunne notched assists on the goal.
Maltais leads the WCHA in points-per-game with 1.30, while her 13 points tie her for third in the conference. Her points are tops in the WCHA among freshmen, while her eight assists rank second. Her line mate Skaggs ranks fourth among WCHA freshmen with 10 points, and her six goals are tie her for the WCHA lead. Field’s .60 goals-per-game are tied for third in the conference, while her six goals put her in a tie for second. Sauvé leads the NCAA with 298 saves, while her four shutouts tie her for second in the nation.
The Alumni Are Coming! The Alumni Are Coming!
This weekend marks the annual alumni weekend where the coaches and current Buckeyes welcome former players back to Columbus for a weekend of reflection and celebration of the program. Returning alumni include Tessa Bonhomme, Bree Grant, Katie Sershen, Jana Harrigan, Krysta Skarda, Jeanne (Chapple) Widewitsch, Melissa Pacific, Rachel Schafer, Kayla Sullivan, Stacy Danczak, Julia McKinnon, Melani Moylan, Maggie Rothgery, and Cara Zubko. There will be a meet and greet held with the alumni after Friday’s game.
Parking Issues for This Weekend
With an extremely busy weekend on campus, parking will be an issue for fans wanting to attend the games. For Friday’s game, free parking will be available in St. John Arena lot as it always is, but with a women’s basketball game happening in St. John Arena at the same time as the hockey game, the lot will fill up quickly. $5 event parking will be available in the Lane Avenue parking garage as well, please refer to the information here for any other questions you may have. For Saturday’s game, fans will have to park in the designated football lots. All information about football parking can be found here.
About The Mavericks
Minnesota State (2-7-1, 1-5-0 WCHA) comes in tied for fifth in the WCHA standings. Jordan McLaughlin leads the Mavericks with eight points from three goals and five assists. Brittyn Fleming is right behind her with six points, all from assists. Lindsey Coleman and Amanda Conway are tied with McLaughlin for the team lead in goals with three each.