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Nov. 17, 2016

Columbus, Ohio—  Ohio State (6-7-1, 2-7-1 WCHA) will travel to Mankato, Minnesota this weekend to face conference foe Minnesota State (2-9-1, 0-9-1 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday in a pair of conference games. Puck drop for both days is scheduled for 3:07 ET.

Last season Ohio State went 3-0-1 against the Mavericks, sweeping them in Columbus by scores of 5-3 and 4-0. On the road, OSU earned a 3-3 tie in the first game before scoring a season high in goals in its 8-3 win the next day.

Live stats  and a live stream  are available for the games this weekend, and updates will also be posted on our Twitter (@OhioState_WHKY).

Last Time Out

Ohio State split its series with St. Cloud State last weekend, winning game one 3-0 while dropping game two 4-1.

The story on Friday night was the Buckeyes’ third straight shutout, the first time they have posted three straight shutouts since Feb. 24-March 2, 2001. Those three games made up the bulk of Ohio State’s shutout streak that reached 195:15, and its penalty kill streak of 17 is still in tact.

On Friday the three goals all came from freshmen: Crystal Sorem, Samantha Bouley, and Jincy Dunne. Sorem’s goal came early in the second period after the Buckeyes returned from a penalty kill and it was the first of her career. Bouley’s goal came about 12 minutes of game time later and was her third of the season. Dunne capped off the game with an empty-netter, her second goal of the season.

Maddy Field notched two assists as well, helping on the first two goals of the game. It was the second multi-point game of the season for her and she became the first OSU player to reach double digits in points this season. Julianna Iafallo and Lauren Boyle also assisted on goals one and two, respectively, and Jessica Dunne added a helper on her sister’s goal.

The lone OSU goal in the 4-1 loss was scored by Jessica Dunne, her first of the season, and was assisted by Jincy Dunne and Lauren Boyle. The score cut the deficit to two, 3-1, and came about halfway through the third period. Both Boyle and Jincy Dunne have been on a roll lately; Boyle has a five game point streak, during which she’s notched seven total points, and Dunne has a point in four of her last five games. Jessica Dunne appeared on the box score for both games last weekend, the second time this season she’s tallied a point in both games of a weekend series.

Brand New Buckeyes

The NCAA’s early signing period kicked off last week, 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.

Buckeye Bits

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

Goals: Maddy Field (5)
Assists: Lauren Spring/Jincy Dunne (6)
Points: Field (10)
SOG: Field (50)
Single-game goals: Lauren Boyle (3, Nov. 5 vs. Lindenwood)
Single-game assists: Jincy Dunne (2, Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota Duluth)
Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)

  • 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
  • Kassidy Sauve owns a save percentage of .949, fourth-highest in the country. She also still holds the top spot in shots faced (490). She’s one of four goalies across the country with at least four shutouts.
  • Ohio State has not lost a season series to Minnesota State since 2008-09
  • Three defensemen in the WCHA have notched eight points on the year and Jincy Dunne is one of them, and among all freshmen she is fourth in the conference in that category. Nationally, she is fourth among freshmen defensemen.
  • Dunne and her teammate Dani Sadek have excelled at blocking shots this season; the duo have each blocked 31, tied for second in the conference and eighth nationally.

About the Mavericks

Coming off a bye week, Minnesota State is still searching for its first conference victory. Its two wins came outside of WCHA play; in a season-opening series against RIT, the Mavericks won both games 2-1 to start 2-0-0. Their lone point in conference play came in a 2-2 tie at home to St. Cloud State.

Offensively they’re led by Emily Antony and Hannah Davidson, who have registered four points each. Antony, along with Demi Gardner and Megan Hinze, lead Minnesota State with two goals apiece. 16 skaters have notched a point for head coach John Harrington’s squad.

In goal it’s mostly been senior Brianna Quade. She’s started eight games, posting a save percentage of .896 and allowing an average of 3.19 goals per game. Sophomore Katie Bidulka has started four contests for Minnesota State, stopping 83.5 percent of shots her way and allowing 4.29 goals per game.