Jan. 18, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (11-11-2, 5-11-2 WCHA) hits the road for a weekend conference series at No. 4 Minnesota (16-5-2, 12-4-2 WCHA) this Friday and Saturday. Puck drops against the Golden Gophers are 8:07 p.m. for the first game and 3:07 p.m. for the second game (both times ET).
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Last Time Out
Ohio State traveled to Bemidji State earlier this season and returned the favor last weekend, hosting the Beavers in what turned out to be a 1-1 series split.
The Buckeyes won Friday’s game 2-1 with goals coming from Julianna Iafallo and Rebecca Freiburger. On the first goal the Beavers had the puck back in their own zone, when Maddy Field forced a turnover and dished it off to a wide open Iafallo right in front of the net. The Eden, New York native wasted no time scoring her fourth goal of the year to put Ohio State up 1-0. It was the third straight game that a Field turnover right near the opposing team’s net turned into a goal for the Buckeyes.
Goal number two came on the power play. Lauren Boyle passed it off to Jessica Dunne, who blasted a shot from the point that bounced right off the goalie’s pads. Freiburger, in the perfect position to bury the rebound, netted her fourth goal of the season to extend the lead to 2-0. Boyle and Dunne were credited with much-deserved assists.
Kassidy Sauve stopped 45 shots that night: 12 in the first period, 17 in the second, and 16 in the third. During OSU’s three game winning streak Sauve stopped 99 of the 100 shots that came her way.
“It’s those little things that matter, that we all take pride in. It’s not just about scoring a goal, but it’s about how we win the game.” –head coach Nadine Muzerall
“We’re fully aware of who the Gophers are and who the Bulldogs are, but we held those teams to within one goal and we’ve been producing more offense since then. So we just need to keep believing in what we’re doing.” –Muzerall
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 (9)
Points: Field (17)
SOG: Field (89)
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 Golden Gophers
Minnesota is coming off two straight losses to No. 2 Minnesota Duluth and a stretch of 54 straight days without playing on its home ice.
As a team, the Golden Gophers rank fourth in the nation in goals per game and own the best power play in the NCAA. They’ve converted 31.9 percent of their power play opportunities; only one other team in the country is above 20 percent (Boston College, 26.4).
They are led offensively by Kelly Pannek and her 48 points, while Sarah Potomak and Dan Cameranasi have contributed 35 and 32 points, respectively. Pannek leads the NCAA in points scored, with the next-highest scoring skater coming in at 38.
In goal Sidney Peters has started all 23 of Minnesota’s games, stopping just a tick over 90 percent of the shots she has faced and allowing 1.89 goals per game.