Oct. 15, 2016
Bemidji, Minn.— Ohio State (3-2-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) lost a Saturday afternoon decision to No. 8 Bemidji State (4-2-0, 2-2-0 WCHA) 4-1. The loss gives the Buckeyes a series split after winning the day before.
Perhaps the story of the game was the power play of Bemidji State, which generated three of the four goals for the Beavers today. Coming into the game Ohio State had killed 24 of 26 penalties on the young season, including one attempt in Friday’s win that produced three shots. But on Saturday BSU’s power play unit broke through three times, all of which came in the second period.
It certainly wasn’t all bad for the Ohio State penalty kill unit on Saturday. It did kill three other chances in the game and it also produced the lone Scarlet and Gray goal of the day. Ariana DePinto scored her first goal as a Buckeye and her first collegiate goal overall in the third period. OSU was whistled for a penalty at the 5:23 mark of the period, giving both teams a 4-on-4 opportunity thanks to a previous penalty on Bemidji State. About a minute after the Beavers returned to full strength, DePinto scored her goal with assists coming from Jincy Dunne and Lauren Spring. For Spring that was her third point of the weekend.
In goal, Kassidy Sauve stopped 32 shots, with more than half of those (17) coming in the second period. The redshirt sophomore has now stopped at least 30 shots in every game so far this season, and she had at least 35 saves in each of her previous three games.
Coming into the weekend, one area that Ohio State had excelled at was blocking shots. After this weekend, that still holds true; as of this writing the Buckeyes are one of just five teams to have at least 95 shots blocked so far this season. Erin Langermeier led the way tonight in that regard, blocking three shots. Spring and Dunne each had two.
Bemidji State’s top performer was Emily Bergland, who contributed two goals and two assists to lead all comers with four points, the ninth 4+-point game in the NCAA this season
After starting the year off with three straight road series, Ohio State will finally come home to OSU Ice Rink next weekend to host the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Head coach Nadine Muzerall will lead the Buckeyes against her former team on Friday at 6:07 and Saturday at 3:07.