Jan. 14, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (11-11-2, 5-11-2 WCHA) dropped a Saturday afternoon decision to Bemidji State (9-12-1, 5-12-1 WCHA) by a score of 3-1, ending the weekend with a series split.
“I think what we’re struggling with is consistency,” said head coach Nadine Muzerall after the loss. “When you’re playing in this league you can’t take a shift off just because everyone is so talented. We were pressing and pressing in the second period and then we got three penalties that really slowed the game down for us.”
That second period that Muzerall referenced had 15 Ohio State shots on goal, one of which found the back of the net. Dani Sadek scored her third goal of the season last in the second period to bring the Buckeyes within one score. Rebecca Freiburger notched her third assist of the season on that play, and Maddy Field added her team-leading ninth assist. The sophomore now has a point in four straight games, her second point streak of at least four games this season.
In addition to the three second period penalties, Ohio State had one in both the first and third periods to bring its total to five on the day and 10 for the weekend.
“We have to be a little more physical and battle,” Muzerall said when asked about her team’s play this weekend. “They came out and they were pressing us hard for 60 minutes, but we were coming and going as we pleased. We need to have a little more grit and more fight.”
On offense, Maddy Field led the way with eight shots on net, a total that led all skaters today. Sadek followed with six and Katie Matheny recorded four. On the defensive end Lauren Boyle and Jessica Dunne led the Buckeyes with a pair of shot blocks apiece. In goal Kassidy Sauve made 34 saves, half of which came in that high octane second period that both teams had.
Despite the loss, it’s still just one game, and Muzerall will have her players back on the ice and ready for their next two weekends away from OSU Ice Rink.
“Not really, because once you start making too many adjustments you start getting away from your game,” she said when asked about the likelihood of making and tweaks to the Buckeyes’ game plan. “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.”
Next up for Ohio State is a trip to Minnesota on Jan. 20-21, followed by a road trip to Minnesota Duluth the following weekend.