Nov. 12, 2016
St. Cloud, Minn.— Ohio State (6-7-1, 2-7-1 WCHA) had not allowed a goal since late October entering today’s game, but St. Cloud State (4-7-1, 3-6-1-1 WCHA) managed to find the back of the net four times in its 4-1 win over the Buckeyes.
The lone OSU goal was scored by Jessica Dunne, her first of the season, and was assisted by Jincy Dunne and Lauren Boyle. The score cut the deficit to two, 3-1, and came about halfway through the third period. Both Boyle and Jincy Dunne have been on a roll lately; Boyle has a five game point streak, during which she’s notched seven total points, and Dunne has a point in four of her last five games. Jessica Dunne appeared on the box score for both games this weekend, the second time this season she’s tallied a point in both games of a weekend series.
St. Cloud State struck first though, scoring 9:40 into the first period to make it 1-0. It was the first goal allowed by the Buckeyes in 195:15 of game time; the last score against this defense came on Oct. 29 against Minnesota Duluth 15:35 into the third period. During that time Ohio State had outscored opponents 10-0 and had stopped 82 straight shots on net.
The Huskies would manage three more goals on the afternoon. They’d score 6:07 into the second period and 6:07 into the third period, as well as an empty netter in the waning moments of the game. For the game SCSU outshot Ohio State 28-24, including 11-6 in the final period of play.
Aside from the point scorers for OSU, Crystal Sorem led the way with five shots on net, a new career high for the freshman. Maddy Field and Ariana DePinto each contributed four shots on goal for the Buckeyes, and both Dani Sadek and Julianna Iafallo blocked two shots apiece, the most on the team today.
It was almost a clean game in terms of penalties; a St. Cloud State skater committed a tripping penalty in the third period and produced the only power play chance of the game for either team.
The Buckeyes return to the ice next weekend for a conference series against Minnesota State. The two teams face off in Mankato on 3:07 ET both Friday and Saturday.