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Nov. 9, 2016

Columbus, Ohio— After three straight weekends at home, Ohio State (5-6-1, 1-6-1 WCHA) hits the road for a two-game set at St. Cloud State (3-6-1, 2-5-1 WCHA) to take on the Huskies.

Live stats, live audio, 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

The Buckeyes took a break from WCHA play last weekend to host Lindenwood and came away with two shutout victories: 4-0 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. It was the first time OSU did not allow a goal over the course of a weekend series since Jan. 3-4, 2014 against Penn State

On Friday, Goals came from Maddy Field, Ariana DePinto, Katie Mikkelsen, and Julianna Iafallo; DePinto and Mikkelsen found the back of the net for the first time as Buckeyes.

In net Kassidy Sauve posted her second shutout of the season, stopping all 32 shots Lindenwood sent her way. Ohio State also continued blocking shots at a good clip, standing in the way of 18 on the night. Jincy Dunne, Boyle, Sadek, and Jessica Dunne each had three.

Saturday’s win was highlighted by Lauren Boyle’s hat trick. She scored twice in the first period, including a power play goal, and sealed the deal with an empty netter at the end.

Overall 11 different Buckeyes assisted on goals over the weekend and five found the back of the net.

Flag Bearers

Three former Ohio State women’s hockey players competed at the 2016 Four Nations Cup, which began on Nov. 1 and ran through Nov. 5 in Vierumäki, Finland. Team Canada featured former Buckeye forward Natalie Spooner (2009-12), Team Sweden had defenseman Annie Svedin (2010-14), and the Team Finland brought former defenseman Minttu Tuominen (2010-2013) to the ice.

In four games, Spooner tallied one goal and two assists and was +2 during the tournament. Both Svedin and Tuominen appeared in all four games for their respective countries. Team USA claimed its seventh Four Nations Cup Championship with a 5-3 win over Canada.

Held every year since 1996, the Four Nations Cup brings together the top four women’s hockey countries in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States – for an international tournament.

Quotable

“To have your third or fourth liners and some sixth or seventh ranked D putting the puck in the net is crucial so you’re not always relying on a certain few girls. So to have the depth of the team scoring, we’ll take that as well.” – head coach Nadine Muzerall after multiple Buckeyes appeared on the box score for the first time this season on Friday.

“That was huge for us. Sauve has been outstanding the entire season, so to give her something like this in return is really big for us, it’s a huge thank you.” –Lauren Boyle on the defense helping post two straight shutouts.

Buckeye Bits

  • With the first month of the season in the rearview mirror, here are the statistical leaders for Ohio State so far:

Goals: Maddy Field (5)
Assists: Lauren Spring (6)
Points: Field/(8)
SOG: Field (42)
Single-game goals: 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 was the first by a defenseman so far in all of DI college hockey this season, men or women
  • Kassidy Sauve posted shutouts number two and three on the season, one of two WCHA goalies to shutout their opponent in both games on Friday and Saturday. Her save percentage of .950 is fourth-best in the nation.
  • Ohio State travels to St. Cloud State this weekend. Last year was the first time since 2009-10 that Ohio State did not win the season series.
  • Jincy Dunne currently sits second in the WCHA with 27 blocked shots, while teammate Dani Sadek is third with 26. Dunne is the only freshman in the Top 25, and nationally she’s the only freshman in the Top 10

About the Huskies

 Currently sitting in fifth place in the WCHA, St. Cloud State holds a record of 3-6-1 (2-5-1 WCHA). Its wins have come against conference foes Minnesota State and North Dakota, as well as a win against non-conference opponent Merrimack. They’re coming off a bye week, but prior to that were swept by Minnesota.

The Huskies are led offensively by sophomore Julia Tylke and her eight points (six goals, two assists). Alyssa Erickson and Lauren Hespenheide each have four points as well. In goal it has mostly been freshman Janine Alder; she has started six of the team’s 10 games, holding a record of 3-3-1. As a squad, St. Cloud State has been outscored 29-16 on the season, including 14-5 in third periods.