MANKATO, Minn. — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team bounced back to shutout the Minnesota State University Mavericks, 2-0, on Sunday at the Verizon Center.
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The Buckeyes came out with a renewed vigor in the series finale, controlling the puck from the outset. When a Tristen Truax slashing penalty put OSU on the power play, Skaggs took the opportunity and buried a puck in the back of the Minnesota State net to give the Bucks a 1-0 lead. As Ohio State kept the pressure on throughout the first, Bouley fired a shot past Levy to extend the OSU lead, 2-0, ahead of the intermission.
Things settled down in the second as Minnesota State kept the Buckeyes from padding their lead. Though no pucks found the back of the net in the second, Ohio State kept the pressure on, and took a 32-to-15 SOG advantage into the third.
The Buckeyes entered the third looking to pad their lead, but Levy and the Mavericks still had some fight left in them and kept OSU from adding to the lead. The Mavericks outshot the Buckeyes in the final frame, 12-to-8, but Braendli stood tall to secure the 2-0 shutout.
The Buckeyes have next weekend off before closing out their 2018 slate with a series against Mercyhurst. Puck drop for the series opener with the Lakers is set for 3:07 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 at the OSU Ice Rink.