Jan. 11, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 8/8 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team hosts the Robert Morris University Colonials this weekend in a non-conference series. The teams open the series on Friday at 6:07 p.m., while the finale gets underway on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. Both games are in the OSU Ice Rink.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (13-5-4, 8-2-4 WCHA) opened 2018 by splitting a series against the Penn State Nittany Lions last weekend. Despite holding a 32-26 shots-on-goal advantage, OSU dropped Friday’s series opener with Penn State. Saturday would see Ohio State return to form with a 2-0 win over the Nittany Lions. Liz Schepers scored for the Buckeyes near the midway point of the second period to give them a 1-0 lead, and Grace Zarzecki added to the lead with a goal from a penalty shot in the third, sealing the Ohio State victory. Kassidy Sauvé earned her sixth shutout of the season, tying her for the WCHA lead.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA in points-per-game with 1.25 and in assists-per-game with .85, while her 17 assists are tied for the WCHA lead. Her 25 points are tied for second in the conference. Skaggs leads the WCHA with 13 goals, and her .59 goals-per-game lead the conference as well. Julianna Iafallo ranks sixth in the conference in goals-per-game with .45, and Maddy Field’s four game winning goals lead the conference. Kassidy Sauvé’s six shutouts tie her for the WCHA lead and for second in the nation. Her 547 saves lead the conference and come in at third in the nation.
Quoting the Buckeyes
OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall: “What’s good about playing an opponent a second time in a season is that you might start to figure out some of their tendencies and know what you’re facing, so a team should be more prepared for a second series in the season. If we play more disciplined than we did at RMU earlier this season we should be able to play our style of game and avoid them putting as many shots on net as they did to us last time.”
Emma Maltais: “They’re a really talented team with a couple of great forwards. We’ll have to play fast and hard if we want to keep up with how many shots they’ll have.”
Rebecca Freiburger: “We have to make sure we’re doing the little things, like stopping on pucks, keeping our sticks on their sticks. We can’t give them too much time and space or they’ll make us pay for it.”
About The Colonials
Robert Morris (12-4-3, 6-2-2 CHA) trails in the all-time series with Ohio State, 6-2. The teams split a series at RMU earlier this season. The Colonials come into this weekend sitting atop the CHA standings. Brittany Howard leads RMU with 30 points from 18 goals and 12 goals. Amber Rennie has 11 goals and 10 assists for the Colonials, while Kristen Welsh has six goals and 10 assists on the year. Robert Morris ranks sixth in the NCAA in goals-per-game with 3.68, and fifth in shots-on-goal per game with 35.89.