Nov. 30, 2016

Columbus, Ohio— After a bye week last weekend the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (7-8-1, 3-8-1 WCHA) is back in action with a two-game series against No. 9 North Dakota (7-5-4, 5-4-3 WCHA). Puck drop is scheduled for 6:07 on Friday and 3:07 on Saturday.

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

Parking note: Fans who plan on attending the games this weekend will need to park on the north side of St. John Arena due to the OHSAA Football State Championship games.

Last Time Out

Ohio State split its series with Minnesota State its last time out on the ice, winning game one 2-1 and losing game two 2-1.

Goals in the victory came from Julianna Iafallo and Rebecca Freiburger, their third and second of the season, respectively.

Iafallo’s goal came first; with just over a minute to go in the first period, she fired off a perfectly placed shot towards the goalie’s blocker side that dented the net in the upper corner to put her team ahead 1-0. Assists came from Erin Langermeier and Dani Sadek. It was Langermeier’s first helper of the season and Sadek’s fourth. The goal was Iafallo’s fourth point in her last five games.

Goal two for Ohio State came 6:36 into the second period off the stick of Freiburger, the first game-winning goal of her collegiate career. The goal was her second of the season and came unassisted; skating towards the net with a defender trailing, she backhanded a shot right by the goalie all while losing her balance, a great reward for a fantastic play by the freshman. Freiburger, Iafallo, and Langermeier all finished the day +2 on the ice.

Ohio State outshot the Mavericks in game two, 21-19, sending seven shots on net in each period. The 19 from MSU was the lowest total by an OSU opponent this season; 10 of those shots came in the second period.

For the Buckeyes it was Sadek who was credited for the most shots on goal, a season high for the junior defenseman. Crystal Sorem added three, one of which found the back of the net. Jincy Dunne blocked a game-high three shots as well.

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.

Buckeye Bits

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

Goals: Maddy Field (5)
Assists: Jincy Dunne/Maddy Field/Lauren Spring (6)
Points: Field (11)
SOG: Field (54)
Single-game goals: Lauren Boyle (3, Nov. 5 vs. Lindenwood)
Single-game assists: Jincy Dunne (2, Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota Duluth)/Maddy Field (2, Nov. 11 at St. Cloud State)
Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)

  • There are only two teams in the country who have not allowed a power play goal in their last 10 games: Ohio State and St. Lawrence. The Buckeyes have killed 19 penalties during that stretch without conceding a power play goal. For comparison’s sake, five teams have allowed at least 10 power play goals in their last 10 games.
  • Kassidy Sauve owns a save percentage of .948, fourth-highest in the country. She also still holds the top spot in shots faced (543). She’s one of six goalies across the country with at least four shutouts.
  • Last season Ohio State won twice against a ranked opponent and both times were against North Dakota, once at home and once on the road.
  • Jincy Dunne leads all freshmen defensemen with eight points and is fourth nationally among that group.
  • Dunne and her teammate Dani Sadek have excelled at blocking shots this season; the duo have blocked 35 and 34, respectively, and sit in the Top 5 in the WCHA.
  • The month of November was a good one for Lauren Boyle; she’ll end the month as the highest scoring defenseman in the WCHA.
  • 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


About the Fighting Hawks

North Dakota has been a fixture in the national polls this season, currently sitting ninth in both major women’s hockey polls. Owning an overall record of 7-5-4 on the season, UND has played to a 5-4-3 WCHA record so far. Most recently, they split a weekend series with non-conference foe Syracuse and earned two ties against No. 2 Minnesota prior to that.

Individually, North Dakota is led by Amy Menke and her 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists). Ryleigh Houston is behind her with 10 points, and four others have seven points. In goal it’ll be Lexie Shaw; she has started 15 of 16 games for the Fighting Hawks and owns a 7-4-4 record with a 1.44 GAA and a .939 save percentage. Her goals against average is third in the WCHA. As a team, UND has outscored its opponents 36-28 so far this season, and it has benefitted greatly from scoring first: The Fighting Hawks are undefeated (7-0-3) when scoring the first goal of the game. On the flip side, they’re winless when opponents score first (0-5-1).