Jan. 4, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6/7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team opens 2018 with a home series against Penn State this weekend. The non-conference series gets underway at 6:07 p.m. on Friday, and the finale is set for a 3:07 p.m. start on Saturday. Both games are in the OSU Ice Rink.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (12-4-4, 8-2-4 WCHA) finished 2017 with a non-conference series against the Mercyhurst Lakers. The opening game remained scoreless for most of the first period, until Sarah Hine scored for the Lakers to give them a 1-0 lead with just over three minutes to play in the period. The MU lead would not last long as Maddy Field scored her ninth goal of the season early in the second to tie the game at 1-1. The teams looked destined to play overtime as neither could gain an advantage, but Liz Schepers had other plans as she found the back of the net with 1:09 left in the game to seal the 2-1 victory for the Buckeyes. Ohio State opened Saturday’s contest with two early goals from Tatum Skaggs and Dani Sadek to take an early 2-0 lead. The Lakers responded with two goals of their own to tie it before Schepers and Jincy Dunne both scored to put OSU in front 4-2 in the third period. The game took an unexpected turn shortly after that as Mercyhurst scored four goals in the third period to defeat the Buckeyes, 6-4.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA in points-per-game with 1.25 and in assists-per-game with .85, while her 25 points are tied for the conference lead. Her 17 assists rank first in the WCHA among freshmen. Skaggs leads the WCHA with 13 goals, and her .65 goals-per-game lead the conference as well. Julianna Iafallo and Maddy Field are tied for sixth in the conference in goals-per-game with .45 each, while Field’s four game winning goals lead the conference.
Maltais Named To Canada’s Nations Cup Team
While OSU takes on PSU this weekend, Emma Maltais will be wearing a different sweater and playing with a different squad. The rookie is among the 21 players named to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team roster for the Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany on January 3-6. “We’re very proud of Emma getting to represent not only her home nation, but the Buckeyes on an international stage,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. ” She has truly earned this opportunity and we can’t wait to watch her play.”
Thanks in part to her late game heroics in the series opener; Liz Schepers earned WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors on December 19. The rookie from Mound, Minnesota finished the weekend with two goals and an assist, improving her season totals to four goals and five assists.
About The Nittany Lions
Penn State (4-7-8, 2-2-4 CHA) trails in the all-time series with Ohio State, 7-1. The Buckeyes swept last season’s series at PSU. The Nittany Lions come in at fourth place in the College Hockey America standings. A pair of double-digit point scorers in Natalie Heising and Brooke Madsen lead PSU. Heising has a team-high 13 points from six goals and seven assists, while Madsen has 12 points from three goals and nine assists.