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
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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.
“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
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“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
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.
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.
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)
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.