COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6/7 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (17-8-5, 10-6-4 WCHA) travels to Madison. Wisc. to take on the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (26-3-1, 16-3-1 WCHA) in the last regular season road trip of the season. Saturday’s contest will be played at LaBahn Arena while Sunday’s game will move to the Kohl Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. CT for both games.
Last time out
The No. 5-ranked Buckeyes were upset by the No. 9 Duluth Bulldogs with a 5-4 overtime loss in game one and a 4-1 defeat in the series finale. Tatum Skaggs posted two goals in game one, including a power play goal and the third period equalizer to force overtime, but the Bulldogs lit the lamp in the extra frame to take the game.
In game two, Skaggs scored again but Duluth posted four goals to complete the series sweep. Lynsey Wallace posted 24 saves in the contest.
Captain Jincy Dunne on her Defenseman of the Month honor and the Wisconsin matchup
Series history against Wisconsin
The Buckeyes hosted the Badgers in the first WCHA home stand of the season but dropped both games.
In game one, Wisconsin shut out the Scarlet and Gray 3-0 while scoring two power play goals. Abby Roque and Mekenzie Steffen found the back of the net with the man advantage while Daryl Watts netted an even strength goal in the final frame. Andrea Braendli posted 25 saves on the day.
In the series finale, Ohio State put three goals on the board but lost by a margin of 7-3. Liz Schepers scored the opening goal of the contest but Wisconsin scored the next three, including two power play goals. The Badgers added two more power play goals during the game while Schepers posted her second goal and Brooke Bink added another. Braendli posted a season-high 36 saves.
More on the Badgers
Wisconsin is coming into their final home stand of the regular season with an uncharacteristic series split against Minnesota State. On Friday, the Badgers defeated the Mavericks 5-1 but dropped game two, 3-1. The slip moved the Badgers out of first place in the USCHO national rankings. The team’s only other losses came against Minnesota and Bemidji State.
Junior Daryl Watts leads the Badgers with 66 season points while posting a team-high 44 assists. Overall, three forwards have tallied 20 or more goals this season, including sophomore Sophie Shirley (26), Watts (22) and senior Abby Roque (21). Senior Mekenzie Steffen has a team-high 27 defensive points from six goals and 21 assists. Freshman Dara Greig leads the rookie class with six points from three goals and three assists.
Redshirt senior Kristen Campbell has started 25 games in net for the Badgers while posting a season record of 21-2-1. She leads the WCHA with a .844 win percentage while posting a 1.78 goals against average.