Dec. 10, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (8-10-2, 4-10-2 WCHA) and No. 1 Wisconsin (17-2-1, 13-2-1-1 WCHA) closed out their weekend series on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 affair that was won by the Badgers.
“It’s never an easy feeling getting swept at home, but again credit to the Badgers,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said about the weekend series with Wisconsin. “They showed to me that they are clearly the number one ranked team in the country.”
The Badgers scored four goals in a dominant second period and added one in the third period, but the game was a toss-up after the first 20 minutes. Wisconsin may have tallied more shots than Ohio State, but the Buckeyes hung tough with their WCHA foes and tested Ann-Renee Desbiens at their highest level all weekend long.
Between the OSU pipes, freshman Kaylee Remington made her first career start and turned in a good, gutsy performance. She made 40 saves on the day, including 14 in the scoreless first period. She’s now totaled almost 125 minutes in goal this season, every second of which has been spent facing a Top 3 opponent.
“I thought she did great,” Muzerall rightfully said of her goaltender’s performance. “She was getting peppered and hammered. There were a couple bad goals, but you only look at the goalie when it goes in, you don’t see the breakdown that happened 20 seconds before that. We were pleased with her efforts and really happy that she rose to the challenge.”
Wisconsin got things going with a goal 5:32 into the second period by Alexis Mauermann to go ahead 1-0. What followed was another bang-bang sequence similar to what happened on Friday; two Badger goals within 20 seconds of each other quickly tripled their lead and put Ohio State in a 3-0 deficit.
“I thought we did a great job systematically,” Muzerall said, “but I think when Wisconsin wanted to turn it on, they turned it on because they’re that good.”
UW’s Presley Norby scored the fourth goal of the second period at the 17:01 mark and Mikayla Johnson netted her first goal of the season early in the third period to bring Wisconsin’s goal total to five.
In addition to the play of Remington, Muzerall praised her team’s ability to stay out of the penalty box today. Ohio State committed just one penalty early in the first period and that was it; an improvement over the four penalties the team had on Friday night.
“Staying out of the penalty box was a good one for us,” Muzerall said when asked about the positive takeaways from today’s game. “We talked yesterday about our four penalties and how some of them were unnecessary. You can’t compete in our league staying in the penalty box, so we took some pride in that.”
Ohio State blocked 16 shots today, bringing its weekend total to an impressive 39. Jessica Dunne and Jincy Dunne led all players today with five blocked shots apiece. Coming into the weekend the Buckeyes were tied for ninth in the country in blocked shots, though that ranking will likely improve after this weekend.
The Buckeyes will have a bit of a break now; the next games for Ohio State will be Jan. 6-7 against non-conference foe Penn State. The next series to be hosted at OSU Ice Rink will be Jan. 13-14 against Bemidji State.