Jan. 25, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team leaves Columbus for the first time in 2018 this weekend as it heads north to face the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The series opener is set for a 4:07 p.m. ET start on Friday, while Saturday’s finale also gets underway at 4:07 p.m. ET.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (17-5-4, 10-2-4 WCHA) made history as they swept the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the first time in program history last weekend at the OSU Ice Rink. Friday’s contest saw the Buckeyes jump out to an early lead with a goal from Emma Maltais just 1:20 into the game. Minnesota took control with a two goal second period to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Charly Dahlquist scored the equalizer with a little over nine minutes left in regulation, and Liz Schepers netted the game winner with less than four minutes to play to seal a 3-2 OSU win. Ohio State dominated Saturday’s game, crushing the Golden Gophers 5-1. Maddy Field scored twice, while Tatum Skaggs, Rebecca Freiburger and Schepers each tallied a goal in the win. Kassidy Sauvé made 31 saves in Friday’s game, and added 23 more on Saturday.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA with 31 points and in points-per-game with 1.29. She also leads in assists-per-game with .83, while her 20 assists rank second in the league. Skaggs is tied for the WCHA lead with 16 goals, and her .62 goals-per-game is also tied for the lead. Maddy Field’s four game winning goals lead the conference, and she’s ranked fifth in goals-per-game with .46. Kassidy Sauvé’s seven shutouts are good for second in the WCHA and for third in the nation. Her 679 saves lead the conference and come in at third in the nation.
Quoting the Buckeyes on the Duluth Series
OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall: “They’re coached well and they’ll play intelligent hockey. They’ve got a couple of forwards that are truly dangerous and they can make us pay if we don’t respect them. The minute that you disrespect your opponent, you’re in trouble.”
Forward Maddy Field: “We need to stay level headed going into this weekend. The Bulldogs are a good team, but if we keep our focus and continue working hard on and off the ice we can keep this success going.”
Forward Liz Schepers: “We can’t take them lightly. Just because we swept them earlier in the year doesn’t mean we are going to do that easily again. They’re not the same team we saw back in October, but if we keep up our level of preparation we should be alright.”
For the second consecutive week a pair of Buckeyes earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors as Maddy Field secured the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week and Liz Schepers snagged the WCHA Rookie of the Week award. Field tallied four points in the series, which featured a three-point performance in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Minnesota. Schepers scored three points in the series, and was responsible for both of the game-winning goals, including one in Friday’s 3-2 game that completed the Ohio State comeback with less than four minutes to play.
About The Bulldogs
Minnesota Duluth (10-13-2, 6-10-1 WCHA) leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 64-15-7. The Buckeyes swept the Bulldogs earlier this season in Columbus, winning the first game 2-0 and the second game 4-3. Much like Ohio State, a pair of freshman forwards lead the way for UMD with Naomi Rogge nothing 19 points from 12 goals and seven assists, and Ashton Bell also racking up 19 points from 11 goals and eight assists. Defenseman Jalyn Elmes has 15 points from her four goals and 11 assists. The Bulldogs come into the weekend at fifth place in the WCHA standings.