Feb. 6, 2016
Columbus, Ohio—It was another close affair for Ohio State (9-20-1, 5-18-1 WCHA), which lost 2-0 to No. 2 Wisconsin (28-1-1, 22-1-1 WCHA) on Saturday afternoon to close out its weekend.
Though they’re mainly known as an excellent defensive team, the Badgers really dominated the first period on the offensive end. They outshot Ohio State 12-2 in the first 20 minutes, testing Alex LaMere several times. To her credit, LaMere did an outstanding job of not letting Wisconsin find the back of the net and keeping her team in the game despite the slow start on offense. Also of note, that shot total could have been higher if not for OSU’s seven blocked shots. Ohio State also thwarted both of Wisconsin’s power play opportunities in that period.
Wisconsin was able to break through in the second period for the first goal of the game. At 4:02 into the period a Badger skater found the back of the net to put her team up 1-0. While the Buckeyes were outshot again, they weren’t without offensive chances. Ohio State had a few good chances in that period itself, including a very near-miss by Claudia Kepler, but they were unable to penetrate the Badger defense. Also, once again, Ohio State killed the only penalty of the period to remain perfect on the penalty kill.
An early third period goal would make it 2-0 in favor of Wisconsin. The Badgers put the puck in at the 1:26 mark of the frame to take the two goal lead, an advantage that would remain until the final horn sounded. The Buckeyes once again killed the lone Wisconsin power play chance in the third period to ensure a perfect four-for-four day on the penalty kill. That left Ohio State at 1-for-8 on the kill this weekend, nothing to sneeze at considering Wisconsin’s standing as the eighth-best power play unit in the country.
In addition to that, both goalies had strong weekends- LaMere on Saturday and Stacy Danczak on Friday- by holding the Badgers to two goals each day, impressive considering they had averaged just a hair under four goals per game entering this weekend.
Two weekend conference series remain for Ohio State, with the next being a road trip to Bemidji State to face the Beavers. Games will be played on Feb. 12-13 with starts slated for 8:07 and 5:07 ET. More information on next weekend’s games to follow.