Nov. 11, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team erupted for five goals as the Buckeyes swept the Minnesota State University Mavericks in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series finale on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Buckeyes (9-2-1, 7-2-1 WCHA) fell behind early when Jordan Jackson scored a power-play-goal for the Mavericks just over five minutes into the game. The OSU offensive could not get anything going in the opening period, and went into the first intermission down 1-0. MSU outshot OSU, 8-to-5, in the first period. Minnesota State wasted no time in extending its lead as Jordan McLaughlin scored just eight second into the period.
The tide started to turn for OSU when Rebecca Freiburger scored her second goal of the season at the 7:31 point of the second. Assists went to Lauren Boyle and Liz Schepers on the goal. Boyle, not satisfied with just getting an assist, netted her second goal of the year with a little over eight minutes left in the period to tie the game, 2-2. Julianna Iafallo and Maddy Field picked up the assists on the tying goal. The tie would not hold for long, as Brittyn Fleming scored her second goal of the weekend to put MSU back in front, 3-2. With time winding down in the period, Tatum Skaggs found the back of the net to tie the game, 3-3. Boyle and Charly Dahlquist earned the assists for the goal that evened the game up before the second intermission.
After a Maverick’s penalty put Ohio State on the power play early in the third, Emma Maltais gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the day with a power-play-goal just 2:29 into the final frame. Iafallo and Field tallied their second assists of the game on the goal. As the Minnesota State offensive continued to press throughout the period, the OSU defense would not yield another goal. With the Buckeyes defending a power play late in the game, Boyle took a pass from Iafallo to score her second goal of the game and secure the 5-3 win for the Buckeyes.
Boyle’s four points matched her season total heading into the game. “I was in the right place at the right time to help make the plays we needed today,” Boyle said. “We knew it was important to get six points out of this weekend, and we made all the right plays to ensure that happened. Now we just have to keep it rolling next weekend.”
The Buckeyes hit the road next week to take on the Bemidji State University Beavers in a WCHA series. Game one of that series is set for a 8:07 p.m. ET start on Friday night.