Jan. 21, 2001
MIDDLETON, Wis.-In front of over 1,000 fans, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team tied No. 7 Wisconsin, 2-2, Sunday afternoon in the finale of the WCHA weekend series at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wis. Following an overtime loss and tie this weekend, the Buckeyes stand at to 8-12-3 overall and 6-7-3 in the WCHA. The Badgers are 15-5-3 overall and 9-4-3 in the WCHA.
The Badgers got things rolling at 5:07 in the first stanza when Sis Paulsen collected a pass from behind the net and nailed a shot to the left corner of the net past OSU goalie April Stojak (So., Kent, Ohio/Shattuck-St. Mary’s) for a power-play goal. Meghan Hunter extended Wisconsin’s lead to two at 12:01 with her 31st of the season from Steph Millar. The Badgers almost took another one from the Buckeyes midway through the first when Karen Rickard went on a breakaway and took a slapshot, which Stojak saved. It was the first of several crucial saves for Stojak in the game.
Ohio State came back strong in the second period, tying the game with two unanswered goals. At 12:38, Badger goalie Jackie MacMillan was busy fending off Kelli Halcisak’s (Fr., Grosse Isle, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) blocked shot, giving Emma Laaksonen (Fr., Espoo, Finland/Makelanrinteen) all the empty net she needed to put one in. Emily Hudak (So., Marblehead, Mass./Cushing Academy) had the secondary assist on Laaksonen’s 5-on-3 power-play goal. All eight of Laaksonen’s goals this season have come on the power-play. At 17:34, Erin O’Grady (Fr., London, Ontario/Culver Academy) snuck another one past MacMillan from Katie Frohreich (So., Baudette, Minn./Lake of the Woods) and Jeanne Chapple (Fr., Vadnais Heights, Minn./Moundsview) for the Buckeyes’ second power-play goal of the game.
Wisconsin outshot Ohio State 8-6 in the third stanza, as neither team scored. The two teams, tied at two after three periods, went into overtime for the second-consecutive game. Three out of the four games OSU and the U of W have played this season have been decided in overtime.
Neither team was able to score in the five-minute sudden-victory overtime period.
OSU converted on two-of-seven power-play opportunites and held the Badgers scoreless through three-of-four opportunities.
OSU outshot the U of W, 31-28, and Stojak recorded 26 saves in 65 minutes of play. MacMillan also played 65:00 and stopped 29 Buckeye shots.
Ohio State is back in action Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28, against in-state rival Findlay . The Buckeyes and Oilers face off at 2 p.m. at the Clauss Ice Arena in Findlay, Ohio. OSU’s next home series is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, against MSU, Mankato at the OSU Ice Arena.
Scoring by Period 1 2 3 OT F Ohio State 0 2 0 0 2 Wisconsin 2 0 0 0 2
Shots on Goal 1 2 3 OT F OSU 10 11 8 2 31 UofW 11 9 6 2 28
Saves by Period 1 2 3 OT F OSU-Stojak (65:00) 9 9 6 2 26 UofW-MacMillan (65:00) 10 9 8 2 29
UofW-Sis Paulsen (Meghan Hunter, Kendra Antony), 5:07, ppg
UofW-Meghan Hunter (Steph Millar), 12:01
OSU-Emma Laaksonen (Kelli Halcisak, Emily Hudak), 12:38, 5 x 3 ppg
OSU-Erin O’Grady (Katie Frohreich, Jeanne Chapple), 17:34, ppg
Penalties/Minutes 1 2 3 OT F OSU 1/2 2/4 2/4 1/2 6/12 UofW 1/2 4/8 3/6 1/2 9/18
OSU- 2-for-7 (.286)
UofW- 1-for-4 (.250)