Jan. 28, 2017
Duluth, Minn.— Ohio State (11-14-3, 5-14-3-1 WCHA) and No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (18-4-4, 15-4-3 WCHA) closed out their weekend series on Saturday at AMSOIL Arena, with the Bulldogs coming away with a 3-0 victory.
Kassidy Sauve made 29 saves on the evening, 23 of which came in the first two periods. The Buckeye goaltender has now made 882 saves in 27 games this season, both of which are most in the NCAA as of this writing. Her 882 saves lead the way by a huge margin; the second-most saves by any goalie this season is 714.
For the third time this season, Ohio State blocked at least 15 shots in both games of a weekend series. After getting in the way of 16 shots yesterday, the Scarlet and Gray blocked 19 on Saturday. Dani Sadek led all players with five blocked shots, while Lauren Spring and Rebecca Freiburger each recorded three.
The Buckeyes’ best offensive opportunity came in the third period when a pair of Minnesota Duluth penalties- one for roughing, one for holding- gave them 90 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play. Dani Sadek and Jincy Dunne both blasted a few shots towards the net and Julianna Iafallo nearly put in a rebound to get her team on the board, but Minnesota Duluth thwarted each shot that came its way. Both Jincy and Jessica Dunne led Ohio State in shots on goal today; Jincy registered four while Jessica had three.
Trailing 2-0 with 5:20 to go in regulation, the Buckeyes rolled with six attackers and an empty net to try and drum up some extra offense. While Ohio State did spend a lot of time in UMD’s zone and did get five quick shots off, the Bulldogs were able to score on the empty net for their third and final goal of the game.
Both teams committed eight penalties and had three power play opportunities apiece. In the second period Minnesota Duluth capitalized on its second power play of the game, just the eighth power play goal allowed by the Buckeyes this season. Only two teams have allowed fewer power play goals this season than OSU; head coach Nadine Muzerall’s squad currently owns the fourth-best penalty kill in the country.
Ohio State has six regular season games left on its schedule: two home matchups each against St. Cloud State and Minnesota State, followed by a trip to North Dakota. The series with the Huskies is up next on the docket, with game one set for Friday, Feb. 3.