COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team gets back to conference play when it hosts the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers in a WCHA series. Game one is set for a 6:07 p.m. start on Friday, and the series finale gets underway at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday. Both games are at the OSU Ice Rink.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes knocked off some holiday break rust with an exhibition series against the Minnesota Whitecaps on Jan. 5-6.
In the first game the Bucks took an early goal from Emma Maltais before Hannah Brandt tied things up near the end of the first period. Maltais struck again in the second to put OSU back in front before another Brandt goal in the third tied it and forced overtime. In OT it was Amanda Boulier playing hero as she scored the game winner, handing the Buckeyes a 3-2 loss. Andrea Braendli made 50 saves in the game, while Tatum Skaggs notched two assists and Jacyn Reeves and Lisa Bruno tallied one assist each.
Sunday’s finale saw the Whitecaps jump out in front with a goal from Emma Stauber in the first, followed by an Amy Menke goal in the second. Madison Filed put the Bucks on the board with a goal in the third, but Sadie Lundquist scored on an empty net with less than a minute to clinch the 3-1 loss for OSU. Braendli handled the goaltending in the first period, notching 15 saves. Lynsey Wallace took over for the second and third, tallying 27 saves in her first on-ice action as a Buckeye.
Coach Muzerall Interview
Emma Maltais leads the Buckeyes with 28 points from 19 assists and nine goals. Her 28 points are tied for the WCHA lead. She also leads the WCHA with 1.40 points-per-game, shots-on-goal per game with 4.65 and is tied for the SOG lead with 93. Her 0.95 assists-per-game are tied for second in the conference.
Charly Dahlquist moved into a tie for second on the team after her explosive weekend against Mercyhurst. The senior has 19 points from nine goals and nine assists. She’s tied for ninth in the WCHA in points.
Tatum Skaggs is tied for second on the team with 18 points from 12 goals and six assists. Her 12 goals are good for third in the WCHA, and her 18 points tie her with Charly Dahlquist for ninth in the conference.
Jincy Dunne is tied for the lead among all WCHA defensemen with 17 points this year. Her 16 assists, 0.80 assists-per-game and 0.85 points-per-game lead all conference blue liners, and she ranks fourth place overall in assists.
Madison Field comes in at fifth on the team with 14 points from nine goals and five assists as she continues her march toward 100 career points. The senior has 92 entering the weekend from 52 goals and 40 assists. She ranks 13th in the all-time Ohio State point rankings.
Andrea Braendli ranks third in the WCHA with a .939 save percentage. She’s made 447 saves this season, good for fourth in the conference.
Andrea Braendli Interview
Jacyn Reeves Nominated for Hockey Humanitarian Award
Jacyn Reeves is one of the 17 nominees for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism. Reeves is following in the footsteps of recent alumnae Lauren Spring, who was a nominee in 2017 and one of the finalists for the 2018 award.
Jincy Dunne Interview
The Badger’s File
No. 1 Wisconsin enters the weekend on an 11-game winning streak, the second longest streak in the nation. Abby Roque leads the Badgers with 25 points on six goals and 19 assists, she comes in at fourth in the conference in points. Right behind Roque is Annie Pankowski with 23 points from 14 goals and nine assists, good for fifth in the WCHA. Sophie Shirley comes in at third on the team with 19 points from 11 goals and eight assists, tied for seventh in the conference. Kristen Campbell patrols the net for Wisconsin, her 1.10 goals-against-average leads the nation.
Ohio State holds an all-time record of 12-65-7 against the Badgers. Though the historical record leans toward Wisconsin, last season saw the teams split the season series 2-2.
The Buckeyes rolled into Madison last season on eight-game unbeaten streak, including a win and a tie at Minnesota, looking to make a statement against the Badgers. Instead of making a statement, the weekend served as a wakeup call for OSU, as the Badgers won the first game 7-0, and fell in the second game 3-1.
The rematch in Columbus had the Buckeyes riding a five-game home winning streak, including a sweep of Minnesota, while Wisconsin entered the weekend with a 26-1-1, 17-0-1 WCHA record. The lone goal in the first game came from Emma Maltais, with assists from Tatum Skaggs and Dani Sadek, as the Buckeyes notched a 1-0 shutout. The series finale saw Wisconsin get out to an early lead, but Maltais, Skaggs and Charly Dahlquist rattled off three unanswered goals to clinch the sweep.