COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team opens its Western Collegiate Hockey Association slate this weekend against the Minnesota State Mavericks. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6:07 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday’s game has a special start time of 1:07 p.m., with both games happening in the OSU Ice Rink.
Parking Advisory for this Weekend’s Series
Parking is free on Friday, but with volleyball hosting Michigan at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena our fans are advised to get there early to avoid any conflicts.
With the football team playing at the same time as us on Saturday, the normal free parking for fans will not be available. We suggest consulting the map linked HERE for where to park on Saturday. The parking attendants only take cash, so make sure to have it on hand when parking
Coach Muzerall’s Weekly Interview
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes took to the ice in Columbus to host No. 8 Colgate for their home opening series last weekend. Friday’s series opener saw both teams throwing haymakers as if it were a heavyweight fight. The Raiders landed the first blow to take a 1-0 lead before Tatum Skaggs netted an equalizer. Another Colgate goal put the Buckeyes down, but back-to-back goals from Rebecca Freiburger and Charly Dahlquist gave OSU the lead. The Raiders tied it again briefly before Lauren Boyle scored her first goal of the season to secure the 4-3 win. Dahlquist also notched two assists in the game. Emma Maltais tied her with two assists of her own, while Jincy Dunne, Sophie Jaques and Sara Saekkinen finished with one assist each.
Ohio State jumped out to an early lead in Saturday’s game thanks to goals from Skaggs and Liz Schepers. OSU put 19 shots-on-goal in the opening period, taking a 2-0 lead into the locker room. From there, however, the Colgate offense caught fire. The Raiders scored three goals in the second period to take the lead, and then added an insurance goal late in the third. With an empty net for the Buckeyes, Colgate tacked on another goal to hand Ohio State its first loss of the season, 5-2. Dunne, Maltais, Jaques and Madison Field accounted for the OSU assists.
Charly Dahlquist on her early season success
Emma Maltais continues to be a point scoring machine, adding three assists over the weekend. She’s tied for the WCHA lead with seven points, and her six assists rank second in the conference. Maltais has tallied at least two points in three of the four Ohio State games this season.
Tatum Skaggs has found herself in the good place, scoring at least one goal in each of the last three games. Her four goals rank second in the WCHA. She also has one game winning goal this year, bringing her career GWG total up to four.
Charly Dahlquist is once again finding success on the top line. The senior has four points already with one goal and three assists. In addition to her offensive contributions, Dahlquist has blocked a pair of shots so far.
Madison Field passed another milestone over the weekend. With her assist in the second game of the Colgate series Field notched the 80th point of her career. She currently holds the No. 18 spot in program history with 80 points, just one away from tying Kari Schmitt for 17th place. This season Field has two points from a goal and an assist.
Jincy Dunne’s contributions to the team can’t be understated. She’s tallied assists in three contests this season and leads all defensemen on the team with eight blocked shots, a total that’s tied for fifth in the WCHA.
Amanda Zeglen ranks second in the WCHA in saves with 69. The sophomore goaltender is 3-0-0 on the season, bringing her career record to 8-2-0.
Sophie Jaques has made an immediate impact, notching three assists in four games. The freshman leads the team in shots-on-goal with 17. She also ranks eighth in the WCHA in SOG.
Liz Schepers is off to a hot start this season. The sophomore has a pair of goals through two weekends of play, good for an eighth place tie in the WCHA.
With the release of this week’s Top 10 polls the Buckeyes hit another milestone. This is the first time in program history where the team has remained in the Top 10 for a calendar year. The team broke into the polls last season after opening the season on a 4-0 winning streak, and haven’t given up their hold on one of the spots since then.
Liz Schepers on her goal scoring and Alumni Weekend
The Alumni are Coming! The Alumni are Coming!
This weekend marks the annual Alumni Weekend for the Buckeyes where multiple generations of OSU players travel back to Columbus to reunite with their old teammates and enjoy a couple games from the stands instead of the ice at the OSU Ice Rink
The Maverick File
Minnesota State comes to Columbus with a 2-0-0 record after sweeping RPI to open the season. Freshman goaltender Abigail Levy looked stellar in net for the Mavericks, allowing one goal for the weekend as she stopped 42 of the 43 shots she faced. Five different players are tied for the team lead with two points each. Brittyn Fleming, Rebekah Kolstad and Anna Wilgren have one goal and one assist each. Claire Butorac and Madison Oelkers have two assists each.
The Buckeyes hold a 61-13-8 all-time record against Minnesota State. The teams met six times last season, four in the regular season and twice in the first round of the WCHA tournament. Ohio State controlled the first two games last season in Columbus, winning 2-1 and 5-3 in November. When the teams clashed in Mankato the Mavericks took the opening game 4-1, but OSU bounced back to get the split with a 3-2 win in the second game. The final two meetings came in the WCHA Tournament where Ohio State won 6-0 and 5-2 to clinch a spot in the WCHA Final Faceoff.