Oct. 29, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (3-6-1, 1-6-1 WCHA) mounted a third period comeback attempt that fell one goal short on Saturday, losing 3-2 against the No. 3 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (6-2-2, 5-2-1-1 WCHA).
Maddy Field and Samantha Bouley scored the goals for Ohio State this afternoon. Field’s goal was her fourth of the season, while Bouley notched her second of the year. Both goals came in the third period, the best period Ohio State had all weekend. It outshot Minnesota Duluth 17-8 and had a pair of power play opportunities, one of which was converted by Field. The offensive outburst was a welcome sight for the Buckeyes, who had been outshot 39-10 prior to the final 20 minutes.
The power play goal by Field came at 6:35 of the third period to bring Ohio State within one score of UMD. About a minute after the Bulldogs were whistled for interference, Jincy Dunne fired a shot towards the net that was tipped by Lauren Spring, sending the puck to a perfectly positioned Field who buried the shot. Head coach Nadine Muzerall was happy to see her team convert on a power play, just the second time they’ve done so this year.
“Now that we’re practicing and working on special teams, they’re getting a feel for it and getting to know each other better. It’s just getting to know each other and knowing the system. It just takes a little time.”
Goal number two came off the stick of the freshman Bouley. With Minnesota Duluth up 3-1, Ohio State pulled Kassidy Sauve for an extra attacker. The move paid off; Lauren Boyle fed a pass to Jincy Dunne- in almost the same position as the first goal- and put a shot on net that was redirected by Bouley to again bring Ohio State within one.
“Systematically we didn’t do anything wrong yesterday,” Muzerall said when asked about her team’s play against the third-ranked Bulldogs. “We didn’t give up a backdoor goal, we didn’t play bad defensively. It was just that we didn’t play with passion or pride. I challenged them today to do that. Moving forward we’re going to face the best every weekend. That’s fine, it’ll make us better too.”
In goal, Sauve posted another high save total, stopping 44 Bulldog shots. On offense, Field led her team in shots again, getting a game-high eight shots on net.
Next up for Ohio State is non-conference opponent Lindenwood. Puck drops are schedule for 6:00 on Friday, Nov. 4 and for 2:00 on Saturday, Nov. 5.