Feb. 10, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (11-15-5, 5-15-5-2 WCHA) tied the game up in the third period against Minnesota State (6-22-4, 3-19-3-1 WCHA) tonight to earn a 1-1 tie, then fell in a 10 round shootout 4-3, an Ohio State record for longest shootout. The previous mark for longest shutout was nine rounds, which happened twice.
The Buckeyes allowed a power play goal in the first period to fall behind 1-0, just the 10th power play goal allowed this season; only two teams in the country have allowed fewer power play goals. After a scoreless second period Ohio State waited until there were less than five minutes remaining in the third to tie the game at 1-1. Rebecca Freiburger made an excellent pass to Maddy Field, who buried her ninth goal of the season to bring her team even with the Mavericks.
A late penalty in regulation put Ohio State on the penalty kill for the first 1:49 of overtime. Neither team was able to finish it in the extra period, so they took turns in the shootout that saw 20 skaters make attempts. MNSU’s Amanda Conway’s successful attempt in the 10th and final round ended up being the deciding score.
“We didn’t play Buckeye hockey for two periods,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “It takes us time to wind up, and we don’t have that kind of time anymore. We played phenomenal in the third and even in the overtime period, I thought we were going to take it. But we put ourselves in a bad situation and we have to stop doing that.”
Ohio State outshot the Mavericks 19-4 in the final period of the game, yet Field’s shot was the only one to get behind Brianna Quade.
“I think it was shot selection,” Muzerall said about her team’s high shot total that resulted in the lone goal. “It was a similar problem to last weekend: a lot of opportunities but not capitalizing on the scrums in front of the net.”
Despite allowing the power play goal in the first, the Buckeyes did kill off the other three penalties it committed, all of which came in pretty high-leverage situations. They killed off two overlapping penalties in the second period that saw five Minnesota State shots, and they also killed the penalty that occurred near the end of regulation.
Ohio State tallied 41 total shots on the night compared to the Mavericks’ 25. Field fired off nine to lead all comers, a new career best for the sophomore.
A welcome sight for the Buckeyes was the return of Lauren Boyle, who had not played since January 20 against Minnesota.
“It added a lot of depth,” Muzerall said of Boyle’s return to the lineup. “People were able to play more intensely because they were getting more rest instead of just rolling through four. It was nice that she was back.”
Boyle registered two shots on goal and blocked a shot in her return to action.
Despite the outcome not being what they wanted, Muzerall and the Buckeyes see no reason to not expect a better performance on Saturday.
“We did it last weekend so it can be done,” she said. Against St. Cloud State last weekend, Ohio State fell 3-1 in game one before mounting an impressive comeback the next day to earn a shootout win.
Saturday will be the final home game of the 2016-17 season for Ohio State. We will honor seniors Breanne Grant and Katie Matheny prior to the game, so be sure to be at OSU Ice Rink early to help us thank our outstanding seniors for everything they have given to this program. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET.