Dec. 14, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No.6/7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team heads to Erie, Pennsylvania to face the Mercyhurst University Lakers in a non-conference series to wrap up their 2017 games this weekend. The series gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Friday, while puck drop on the series finale is set for a 2:00 p.m. start on Saturday.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (11-3-4, 8-2-4 WCHA) took four out of the six available points in their series with the St. Cloud State Huskies, winning shootouts after both games in the series ended in ties. Game one of the series saw the Huskies jump out to an early 2-0 lead before Tatum Skaggs and Julianna Iafallo scored goals to tie the game. After neither team could score in the overtime period, Grace Zarzecki finally notched the shootout-winning goal for the Buckeyes, giving them two points on Friday. Saturday’s game saw Kassidy Sauvé earn her fifth shutout of the year in the 0-0 tie. Liv Halvorson proved to be the shootout hero on this day, slapping one past the SCSU goaltender to secure two points for the Buckeyes.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA in points-per-game with 1.28 and in assists-per-game with .83, while her 23 points rank third in the conference. Her 15 assists rank first in the WCHA among freshmen. Skaggs leads the WCHA with 12 goals, and her .67 goals-per-game lead the conference as well. Julianna Iafallo is tied for second in the WCHA with .50 goals-per-game, while Maddy Field’s four game winning goals lead the conference.
After earning her then WCHA leading fifth shutout of the year, the WCHA named Kassidy Sauvé the conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on December 5. The redshirt junior’s five shutouts come in at second place in the conference, while her 461 saves fall just one short of tying the WCHA lead. Already tied for third place in single season shutouts, with one more Sauvé can tie her second place record of six from the 2016-17 season. April Stojak, who notched eight clean sheets in the 2000-01 season, holds the all-time single season record.
About The Lakers
Mercyhurst (6-10-2, 5-2-1 CHA) leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 3-1. The lone Buckeye’s win in the series came in the 2013-14 season when OSU opened the season at Mercyhurst with a 4-3 overtime win. The Lakers sit at second place in the College Hockey America standings. A pair of double-digit point scorers lead Mercyhurst in Vilma Tanskanen and Maggie Knott. Tanskanen has a team-high 13 points on the year, while Knott has 10 herself.