Nov. 19, 2016
Mankato, Minn.— Ohio State (7-8-1, 3-8-1 WCHA) and Minnesota State (3-10-1, 1-10-1 WCHA) have split their weekend series in Mankato after Saturday’s 2-1 Buckeye defeat.
Freshman Crystal Sorem scored the lone Buckeye goal in the defeat. The Edina, Minnesota native’s goal came in the final moments of the second period. Maddy Field’s shot was deflected right to Sorem who was crashing the net, and she was able to bury the shot with ease. Dani Sadek added an assist on the goal as well, and the play was sprung by a faceoff win from Lauren Spring back in Ohio State’s zone. Spring actually led all comers today with 10 faceoff wins. The score was Sorem’s second goal of the season, both of which have come in the last four games.
Ohio State outshot the Mavericks on the day, 21-19, sending seven shots on net in each period. The 19 from MSU was the lowest total by an OSU opponent this season; 10 of those shots came in the second period.
For the Buckeyes it was Sadek who was credited for the most shots on goal, a season high for the junior defenseman. Sorem added three; since recording her first shots on goal of the season on Nov. 5, she has multiple shots in three of her last five games. Jincy Dunne blocked a game-high three shots today as well.
Rebecca Freiburger, who scored her second goal of the season on Friday, almost had goal number three in the second period. Right near the spot where she found the back of the net in game one, the freshman backhanded a shot on net that was stopped by the goaltender.
It wasn’t long after that play that Minnesota State scored its second goal of the game. Ohio State fought to get the puck up the ice and out of its own zone, but the Mavericks were able to keep it in and their efforts eventually ended in a score. MSU’s Lindsey Coleman fired a shot off one of Kassidy Sauve’s pads, then capitalized on the rebound for goal number two. The first goal of the game also came off the stick of a Maverick; Emily Antony corralled a pass right in front of the net and took advantage, snapping off a shot in the upper left corner of the goal.
Ohio State is off the final weekend in November before returning to action on Dec. 2-3 at home against North Dakota.