Nov. 16, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team hits the road to take on the Bemidji State University Beavers in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. Game one gets underway Friday night at 8:07 p.m. ET, and the series finale is set for a 4:07 p.m. ET start on Saturday.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (9-2-1, 7-2-1 WCHA) defended their home ice in a sweep of Minnesota State last weekend. In the series opener MSU struck first, but goals from Lauren Spring and Maddy Field propelled OSU to a 2-1 win. The second game saw a substantial increase in offense, with both teams combining for eight goals. The Mavericks jumped out to 2-0 lead, only for Rebecca Freiburger and Lauren Boyle to light the lamp and tie the game 2-2. After MSU regained the lead, the Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals to win, 5-3. Boyle finished the game with two goals and two assists.
Emma Maltais ranks second in the WCHA in points-per-game with 1.17, while her 14 points tie her for sixth in the conference. Her points are second in the WCHA among freshmen, while her eight assists are tied for second. Her line mate Skaggs is tied for third among WCHA freshmen with 12 points, and her seven goals tie her for the WCHA freshman lead. She is also tied with Field for the WCHA lead in goals-per-game with .58, and both of them are tied for second overall in the WCHA in goals with seven. Kassidy Sauvé comes in at fourth in the NCAA with 298 saves, while her four shutouts tie her for second in the nation.
Zeglen Gets Her First Starts
Amanda Zeglen made her first starts as a Buckeye during the Minnesota State series. The freshman made 13 saves in Friday’s 2-1 win. “Amanda played great, she made some big saves and played a great game for us,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “You never know how a rookie goaltender will respond in their first start, but she stayed strong and played great.” Zeglen went on to make 18 saves in Saturday’s 5-3 win.
Thanks to her five-point weekend, Lauren Boyle received the NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week, and the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week awards. The junior opened her weekend by notching an assist on Friday’s game winning goal, and followed that up with a four-point game on Saturday. Boyle’s first point of the day came on Freiburger’s goal that started the Buckeye rally in the second. She went on to net the goal that tied the game at 2-2, and then tallied an assist on the Skaggs’ goal that once again tied the game, this time at 3-3. Finally, Boyle found the back of the net for the second time in the game with less than four minutes to play, securing a 5-3 win for Ohio State.
About The Beavers
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.