COLUMBUS, Ohio. – The No. 5 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team tied Bemidji State, 2-2 on Friday evening with the Buckeyes earning an extra league point with the shootout win. With the tie, Ohio State moves to 17-6-5 (10-4-4 WCHA) and the Beavers move to 14-13-3 (8-10-2 WCHA).
“I’m proud of our girls and I thought that they were the more dominant team, and sometimes the score just doesn’t depict how the game really looked,” said head coach Nadine Muzerall. “In the second period we really controlled the game but we were missing some shots that should have been on net. Overall I just think we played a fantastic game. Lynsey Wallace was unbelievable and made some huge saves.”
Ohio State 2, Bemidji State 2
Ohio State scored the opening goal of game two against Bemidji State in the 18th minute. Jincy Dunne posted her sixth goal of the season as she put away a rebound given up by Beaver netminder Lauren Bench on the initial shot by Sophie Jaques. The Buckeyes outshot the Beavers 13-3 in the period.
Bemidji’s Clair DeGeorge scored her first goal of the weekend midway through the middle frame to tie the game at 1-all. The Buckeyes put the pressure on the Beavers late in the period with 11 straight shots but Bench posted 13 saves to keep the game tied going into the final 20 minutes. Dunne led the Buckeyes with six shots on goal after two.
The game remained tied 1-1 until Emma Maltais scored the go-ahead goal 28 seconds into a Buckeye power play. Her goal in the 15th minute was assisted by Tatum Skaggs. With time winding down, the Beavers pulled Bench and Kiki Radke lit the lamp with 17 seconds left in regulation.
On Emma’s performance today and her movement through the ranks in Buckeye history point scoring, coach Muzerall said, “Emma has really been that 200-foot hockey player for us and to know that she still has another year to extend her point lead is special. She is one of the most elite players in college hockey and she deserves her congratulations.”
Neither team could covert in the first 5-on-5 overtime period so the game was recorded as a 2-2 tie. The game went to a 3-on-3 period but again, the score remained locked. In the shootout, Wallace made two saves and Maltais buried her shot to give the Buckeyes the extra league point.