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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State women’s hockey team swept No. T-5/8 Wisconsin with a 5-0 win Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Paetyn Levis scored a hat trick for the Buckeyes (20-2-2, 15-2-1 WCHA) while Amanda Thiele kept the Badgers (16-7-1, 12-5-1 WCHA) off the board with 17 stops on the day.
How it Happened
- Ohio State took its lead early in the game, recording its first of five unanswered goals just 1:57 into the game. The play started as Makenna Webster recovering the puck deep in the Wisconsin zone and skating it behind the goal line. She connected with Paetyn Levis, who was waiting at the bottom of the faceoff circle to send the puck past Badger goaltender Jane Gervais.
- The Buckeyes added their second goal not even two minutes later as Emma Maltais lit the lamp at 3:54. Again, Webster recovered the puck from the Badgers, this time in the neutral zone, and skated behind the Wisconsin goal. Maltais received the pass from Webster right on top of the goal crease and found the back of the net.
- Ohio State took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission and was outshooting Wisconsin 14-4 after 20 minutes.
- Jenn Gardiner tallied the Buckeyes’ only goal of the second frame, scoring at 2:06 into the period. Just 12 seconds after Ohio State’s first power play of the day expired, Gardiner collected a rebounded shot from Sophie Jaques. A give-and-go with Jaques put Gardiner right at the faceoff dot on Gervais’ blocker side. The Surrey, B.C. native lined up and sent the puck past the Wisconsin netminder for the goal.
- Levis finished the day with two straight goals to complete her hat trick. Ohio State continued its offensive pressure right from the opening faceoff with Levis scoring her second goal at 2:45 into the third period. She skated from the Badger goal line to the faceoff dot and finished top-shelf on Gervais to bring the Ohio State lead to 4-0. Her final goal came with under three minutes to play in the game. Levis and Webster found themselves with a 2-on-1 rushing into the Wisconsin zone. Webster found Levis in the slot and Levis knocked the puck between the legs of Gervais.
- The Buckeye defensive effort, including 17 saves from Amanda Thiele in goal and the penalty kill finishing 4-for-4 on the day, held Wisconsin scoreless for just the third time this season.
- Paetyn Levis is the second Ohio State player this season to record a hat trick. She scored the Buckeyes’ first, fourth and fifth goals of the game. She is also the first player since the 2017-18 season to record a hat trick against Wisconsin.
- Makenna Webster also tallied a career-high tying four points on the day, dishing four assists in the win. Webster’s four-point game is her sixth multi-point game of her Buckeye career. Four helpers in a single game is a personal best for the St. Louis, Mo. native.
- Webster finished a team-high +5 on the ice Saturday.
- Amanda Thiele earned her third shutout of the year Saturday against the Badgers. With 17 saves on the day, she improves to 10-1-1 in net for Ohio State this season.
- The Buckeyes’ 5-0 win over the Badgers is the team’s fourth shutout in the 109-game all-time series between the two teams. The five-goal lead is also the largest margin of victory by the Buckeyes in series history.
- Ohio State’s five-game win streak against the Badgers is the longest by the team in the all-time series. This weekend’s sweep marks the fourth sweep of Wisconsin and second in as many seasons. The last three series sweeps of the Badgers have been in Columbus.
- For the second game in a row, the Buckeyes played in front of a standing-room only crowd at the OSU Ice Rink. Saturday’s announced attendance was 683 with Friday’s coming in at 680.
Total Shots: Ohio State 66, Wisconsin 49
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 39, Wisconsin 17
Saves: Wisconsin (Gervais) 34, Ohio State (Thiele) 17
Power Play: Ohio State 0-4, Wisconsin 0-4
Faceoffs: Ohio State 32, Wisconsin 32
Ohio State Scoring: Webster (0-4-4), Levis (3-0-3), Maltais (1-2-3), Jaques (0-2-2), Gardiner (1-0-1)
Ohio State hits the road next weekend to face St. Cloud State on Jan. 20-21. The Buckeyes and Huskies faceoff at 4 p.m. ET Friday and 3 p.m. ET Saturday from the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.