Oct. 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team completed a series sweep of Bemidji State (4-2-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink. With a gritty 1-0 win, the Buckeyes improve to 4-2-0 on the season, as well as 2-2-0 in WCHA play.
In the first period, a hooking penalty put Ohio State on a power play with 11 minutes remaining in the stanza. Skating a player up, the Scarlet and Gray nearly converted on the opportunity; however, a Buckeye goal was waved off due to a player in the crease. Bemidji State then returned to full strength, holding the Buckeyes scoreless through the remainder of the period. Ohio State outshot the Beavers 8-6, while freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve contributed six saves.
Similar to its strong showing in the second in game one, Ohio State came out of the locker room on the offensive attack. Five minutes into the period, senior Danielle Gagne lit the lamp for the second time this season off a feed from teammates Melani Moylan and Cara Zubko. Splitting two defenders, Gagne scored on a breakaway to put the Buckeyes up, 1-0. Ohio State had two power play opportunities in the stanza, both of which were ousted by the Beaver defense. Shots were heavily in favor of the Scarlet and Gray, 13-4.
Bemidji State had a goal wiped off in the third after further review of the play showed the net was off prior to the shot. With 17:34 remaining in the game, Ohio State maintained its 1-0 lead. The Buckeye penalty kill unit then showed toughness, fighting off back-to-back BSU power plays to defend the shutout.
For the game, Ohio State held a 25-15 advantage in shots. In her second shutout this season, Sauve was credited with 15 stops.
Bemidji State had six penalties for 20 minutes, while the Buckeyes had three for six minutes. On special teams, Ohio State went 2-for-2 on penalty kills.
Ohio State will return to the ice for a two-game series with St. Cloud State, Oct 31 and Nov. 1. The Buckeyes will suit up in Value City Arena for both matchups, with puck drops scheduled for 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, respectively.