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Jan. 25, 2017

Columbus, Ohio— After spending last weekend in the state of Minnesota the Buckeyes (11-12-3, 5-12-3-1 WCHA) head right back this weekend for a WCHA tilt against No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (16-4-4, 13-4-3 WCHA). Friday’s puck drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET and Saturday’s game will begin at 5:07 p.m. ET

Friday: Live Stream ($) and Live Stats

Saturday: Live Stream ($) and Live Stats

Updates will also be posted on our Twitter (@OhioState_WHKY).

Last Time Out

Ohio State went 0-1-1 against Minnesota last weekend, falling 2-1 on Friday night and earning the extra points in Saturday’s shootout victory and 1-1 tie.

After a scoreless first period on Friday, Julianna Iafallo notched her fifth goal of the season to put Ohio State up 1-0. Maddy Field poked the puck free behind Minnesota’s net and it squirted out to Iafallo, who went stick side right by the goalie to give her team the lead. In that second period Minnesota peppered Kassidy Sauve with 18 shots, and the Buckeyes’ goaltender stopped every one of them. In total Sauve stopped 31 shots on the night, over half of those coming in the second period. Ohio State recorded eight shots on goal, including Iafallo’s goal. On defense Jessica Dunne and Dani Sadek blocked four and three shots, respectively.

Offensively, Saturday was a much different story compared to Friday. In game one the Buckeyes tallied eight shots on goal, a total they eclipsed before the first period was over in game two. In fact shots were neck and neck for the first two periods of the game; both teams recorded 10 in the first period, and in the second period Ohio State had nine with Minnesota registering 10 again.

 

The Buckeye goal was scored by senior Katie Matheny. A slap shot from the point was too much for the Minnesota goaltender to handle, and Matheny had no problem burying the rebound for her fifth goal of the season. Maddy Field added an assist on the play, her sixth straight game with a point and her team-leading 11th helper of the season.

Ohio State scored first in the previous three meetings this season, but it was the Golden Gophers who did so on Saturday. About halfway through the second period they went ahead 1-0 and held that lead until Matheny’s goal that came with Field’s help.

After 60 minutes of hockey the teams played a scoreless five minute overtime period. The ensuing shootout went seven rounds and ended when Julianna Iafallo found the back of the net, sending the Buckeyes onto the ice to celebrate.

Quotable

“I’m very proud of our team. They executed everything we’ve been practicing and everything we’ve been talking about on film. We just had a shorter bench and we were a little gassed. They did everything but it was just 10 minutes too long of a game.” –head coach Nadine Muzerall after Friday’s 2-1 loss

“That was amazing. That was a huge team win. Zumi [associate head coach Jess Koizumi] talked me through what to do on that one. Having the whole team come out to me afterwards, that was a dream come true.” – Julianna Iafallo after scoring the shootout winner against Minnesota

WATCH: @juls_iafallo‘s shootout winner in today’s 1-1 tie against No. 4 Minnesota#GoBucks 🌰🏒 pic.twitter.com/NXb0ewmh1h

— Ohio State W Hockey (@OhioState_WHKY) January 22, 2017

“It feels really good. You don’t always get to see the hard work and dedication student-athletes have behind the scenes. These kids work as hard as anybody. I’m just very proud of them and the way they played together and how they took two points away from a very talented team. I think beating a seven-time national championship-winning team should give them a little bit of confidence and make them believe in one another.” –Muzerall after Saturday’s shootout win over Minnesota

Trophy Case

A pair of Buckeyes have won WCHA weekly awards this season: Jincy Dunne and Kassidy Sauve.

Dunne was named Rookie of the Week after her performances against Penn State. In two games against the Nittany Lions, Dunne tallied two goals and an assist and was +6 on the ice, tops among all freshmen in the country that weekend. The O’Fallon, Missouri native scored the first goal of the weekend and the last, bookending a fantastic series for Ohio State.  She was a major factor on a defense that posted two straight shutouts: 5-0 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday. Her multi-point game on Saturday was the second of the season.

Sauve has been named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week three separate times: once after the series with RPI, after the series against Minnesota, and again after the North Dakota series.  Ohio State’s fantastic goaltender has a goals against average of 1.32 and a save percentage of .968 in the games that earned her recognition from the WCHA.

National Pride

Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall was an assistant coach for Canada’s U22 National Team at the 2017 Nations Cup. The tournament ran from January 4-7 and her team reached the gold medal game, falling to Finland 1-0. Muzerall’s team scored 13 goals in the first three games of the tournament while allowing just three.

Muzerall is no stranger to a Hockey Canada coaching staff. Earlier this year she was an assistant coach for a three-game series against the United States that took place in Calgary (during which Canada took two of the three games), and she has served as a camp coach at Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp. Back in July she was named to the coaching staff for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.

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.

Buckeye Bits

  • Here are your statistical leaders for Ohio State at the moment:

Goals: Maddy Field (8)
Assists: Field (11)
Points: Field (19)
SOG: Field (95)
Single-game goals: Lauren Boyle/Katie Matheny (3, Nov. 5 vs. Lindenwood/Jan. 6 at Penn State)
Single-game assists: Julianna Iafallo (3, Jan. 6 at Penn State
Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)

  • Ohio State owns the third-best penalty kill in the country (.912) and it paid off last weekend. Facing Minnesota’s top-ranked power play, the Buckeyes killed all seven penalties it committed against the Golden Gophers.
  • Saturday’s 1-1 tie against Minnesota marked the first time since January 11, 2014 that Ohio State earned points in a game against them, and it was the first overtime game between the two teams since January 30, 2015.
  • OSU has scored 49 goals on the season, and they’ve been spread out fairly equally so far: 16 in the first period, 16 in the second period, and 17 in the third period.
  • Maddy Field is currently tied for fourth among WCHA underclassmen in scoring and she leads that group with 95 shots on goal. The sophomore is tied for seventh among all WCHA skaters in putting shots on net this season.
  • Field has notched a point in six straight games, the longest streak for a Buckeye this season. She has dished out five assists this month, tied for second most among WCHA skaters. Four of those five assists have come on Ohio State’s first goal of the game
  • Jincy Dunne, Jessica Dunne, and Dani Sadek are all tied for seventh in the NCAA with 57 shots blocked. Ohio State is one of two teams to have three individuals in the Top 10 (Merrimack). Jincy Dunne is the only freshman in the country with at least 50 blocked shots.
  • Kassidy Sauve is one of five goals across the country with at least six shutouts; her 868 shots faced are far and away the most of any goaltender in the nation.
  • Who has the best save percentage in the country for the month of January? That would be Sauve- .966
  • Sauve’s numbers in non-conference games this season were outstanding: 6-0-0, five shutouts, .994 save percentage, 0.17 goals against average. The only other goalie in the country with five shutouts outside of conference play is Quinnipiac’s Sydney Rossman- who has played 11 such games compared to Sauve’s six.
  • The Buckeyes enjoyed playing non-conference games: they were 6-0 this season with a goal differential of 24-1.
  • Boyle’s hat trick against Lindenwood on Nov. 5 was the first by a defenseman this season in all of DI college hockey this season, men or women

About the Bulldogs

Having lost just one of its last 11 games, Minnesota Duluth comes into this weekend as the second-ranked team in the country.

Offensively they’re led by Lara Stalder, one of the most prolific scorers in the WCHA. The senior has tallied 39 points this season on 16 goals and 23 assists. Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Katherine McGovern have added 31 and 25 points, respectively, and three other skaters are in double digits in points. In goal the Bulldogs have been led by Maddie Rooney, who has started every game and owns a save percentage of .938 to go along with a 1.70 goals against average.

As a team UMD is among the Top 10 goal scorers in the country and is the sixth-stingiest teams in terms of goals allowed. Despite its high ranking, Minnesota Duluth has struggled mightily on the penalty kill this year (.757). That mark puts them second to last in the entire country, but as the least penalized team in college hockey it hasn’t affected them as much as it could have otherwise.