COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 8 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team gets things going in 2019 with an exhibition series against the Minnesota Whitecaps of the NWHL this weekend. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 3:07 p.m. on Saturday, and the finale gets underway at 12:07 p.m. on Sunday. Both games are at the OSU Ice Rink.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes closed out 2018 with a bang with a pair of wins over Mercyhurst at the OSU Ice Rink on December 15-16.
Saturday’s game was a low scoring affair with the first goal coming with less than five minutes left in the second period. Rebecca Freiburger finished off the play to put the Bucks up 1-0, but the Lakers scored an equalizer late in the third to send the game to overtime. In the extra period Emma Maltais found the back of the net to notch the 2-1 win.
It looked like the teams were set for another low scoring game on Sunday, but a pair of OSU goals from Tatum Skaggs and Paetyn Levis late in the first gave the Bucks a 2-0 lead. Maltais added to the lead early in the second before Mercyhurst got on the board, but a Jacyn Reeves shorthanded goal gave OSU the 4-1 lead heading into the third. Business picked up in the third when Charly Dahlquist exploded for three goals during a 3:33 span, which included a Mercyhurst goal and one from Liz Schepers as well, pushing the Ohio State lead to 8-2. Schepers put the cherry on top, scoring with 22 seconds remaining to clinch the 9-2 win.
Coach Muzerall Interview
Emma Maltais leads the Buckeyes with 28 points from 19 assists and nine goals. Her 28 points also lead the WCHA, and her 19 assists are tied for the league lead. She also leads the WCHA with 1.40 points-per-game and is tied for the assists-per-game lead with 0.95.
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 eighth 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 eighth in the conference.
Jincy Dunne leads 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.
Emma Maltais Interview
Boyle Drafted by Minnesota Whitecaps
The Minnesota Whitecaps selected senior defenseman Lauren Boyle in the third round of the NWHL draft on December 21. Among the highlights of her career, Boyle scored the game winning goal against Boston College in the 2018 NCAA quarterfinal matchup that send the Buckeyes to their first Frozen Four in program history. She has 59 career points from 15 goals and 44 assists.
Tatum Skaggs Interview