Dec. 7, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (8-8-2, 4-8-2 WCHA) and No. 1 Wisconsin (15-2-1, 11-2-1-1 WCHA) are set to battle this weekend at OSU Ice Rink. The puck drops on Friday at 6:07 and Saturday at 3:07. These will be the Buckeyes’ last games of the calendar year; their next contests will be Jan. 6-7 at Penn State.
Friday night’s game will be our White Out Wisconsin night, where the first 100 fans in attendance will receive a white Ohio State t-shirt, though all fans are encouraged to wear white. Saturday will feature our first post-game skate of the season, which will give fans the chance to skate with some of their favorite Buckeye hockey players. Skate rentals are $3.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes went 1-0-1 against No. 9 North Dakota last weekend, tying the Fighting Hawks 1-1 on Friday and beating them 2-1 the following night.
The tie on Friday was the first Ohio State home game that did not end in regulation since Dec. 5, 2014. Maddy Field scored her sixth goal of the season just 35 seconds into the second period to put her team ahead 1-0. In the waning moments of a power play that had carried over from the first period, Julianna Iafallo and Dani Sadek made some excellent passes on a play that ended with the puck on Field’s stick. UND would score at the 8:01 mark of the third period and grab the extra WCHA point with a shootout win.
On Saturday it was two freshmen who scored for the Scarlet and Gray: Rebecca Freiburger and Samantha Bouley. Freiburger’s goal came late in the first period and Bouley’s goal, the game-winner, came 4:14 into the second. She corralled a loose puck right in front of the net, backhanding it right by the UND goalie for her fourth goal of the season. Teammates Jincy Dunne and Halvorson added assists on the play; it was Halvorson’s initial shot that led to the loose puck. It was the second win over a ranked opponent for Ohio State this season.
Ohio State defenseman Jincy Dunne has been invited to USA Hockey’s Women’s Winter Training Camp that will take place later this month. A redshirt freshman from O’Fallon, Mo., Dunne leads the Buckeyes with seven assists and is second on the team with nine points. Both of those totals put her in the Top 5 nationally among all freshmen defensemen.
A total of 37 players were invited by USA Hockey including 11 current college hockey players. Dunne is one of seven WCHA players that received an invitation and, notably, she is the third-youngest player participating in the camp.
The camp will be used to evaluate and pick the U.S. Women’s Select Team for a pair of games against Canada on December 17 in Plymouth, Michigan and December 19 in Sarnia, Ontario. It is also used to help formulate the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship that will be hosted at USA Hockey Arena from April 1-8.
Recognitions Rolling In
Ohio State’s performance over the weekend attracted some much deserved attention this week.
For the third time this season goaltender Kassidy Sauve has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
Sauve was spectacular last weekend; she earned the decision in both contests, posting a 0.96 goals against average and stopping 97.7 percent of the shots that came her way. She made 42 saves on Friday night and followed that up with 43 and a win on Saturday.
As of this writing the Whitby, Ontario native owns the best save percentage in the country among goaltenders who have started at least 10 games (.952). Her goals against average of 1.73 puts her in the Top 10 as well, and she’s also one of six goalies to have at least four shutouts this season. More impressive still, Sauve has put up all of these numbers while facing more shots than any goalie in the NCAA.
In addition to that, Ohio State received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for the first time since the Oct. 25 iteration.
“Today was a big game for us, it was hard fought. North Dakota came in and played hard. Our team battled all the way through and we were rewarded for all our hard work.” –freshman Rebecca Freiburger after Saturday’s win.
“Any time you play in our league it’s going to be a battle. North Dakota came out hot in the first period and we were on our heels. But we stayed consistent in the second and third while they seemed to be dying out a little bit as the game went on. We just had to start simplifying our game. It also says a lot when you’re third line produces both goals, we needed that secondary scoring.” – head coach Nadine Muzerall said after the 2-1 win.
Brand New Buckeyes
The NCAA’s early signing period was this month, and head coach Nadine Muzerall and her staff had five future student-athletes ink National Letters of Intent.
Lisa Bruno, Emma Maltais, Elizabeth Schepers, Tatum Skaggs, and McKenna Wesloh all signed NLI’s to continue their academic and athletic careers at Ohio State, and all five have already experienced great success in their young hockey careers. Between the five of them they have won national championships, league championships, and put up some incredibly numbers on the ice. Find out more about the newest members of the Ohio State family. You can also watch them sign their National Letters of Intent here.
Goals: Maddy Field (6)
Assists: Jincy Dunne (7)
Points: Field (12)
SOG: Field (63)
Single-game goals: Lauren Boyle (3, Nov. 5 vs. Lindenwood)
Single-game assists: Jincy Dunne (2, Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota Duluth)/Maddy Field (2, Nov. 11 at St. Cloud State)
Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)
About the Badgers
Wisconsin owns a record of 15-2-1 on the season with an 11-2-1 mark in conference play. Earlier this week, they were voted No. 1 for the 11th consecutive week. In addition to the tie against the Buckeyes earlier this season, the Badgers have losses to Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota, the other two teams comprising the Top 3 in both polls.
They are led offensively by Sarah Nurse, whose 23 points are fifth-most in the WCHA. The senior has scored 15 goals so far this season which is the fourth-highest total in the NCAA. Other top point producers are Sydney McKibbon (15), Annie Pankowski (13), Presley Norby (13), and Abby Rogue (13). As a team the Badgers have scored 66 goals, most in the WCHA and third most in the nation.
Between the pipes is Ann-Renee Desbiens. The NCAA record holder for most career shutouts and 2016 WCHA Player of the Year, Desbiens owns a record of 12-1-1 on the year with a 0.85 goals against average and .952 save percentage.