February 23, 2019

No. 10 Buckeyes Get Shootout Win at No. 1 Wisconsin


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MADISON, Wis. — Rookie goaltender Andrea Braendli finished with 40 saves as the No. 10 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (18-12-2, 12-10-2-2 WCHA) got its second consecutive shootout win over the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers (28-4-2, 18-4-2-0 WCHA) by a score of 2-2 at LaBahn Arena on Saturday.

Coach Muzerall on the Game

“It’s bittersweet, being so close to getting the victory and having a 2-0 lead for as long as we did… I thought we did well in carrying that load for the entire game. I’m proud of them, it’s just bittersweet to end up with a tie, but it was nice to finish with a shootout win.”

“Andrea is phenomenal, and that’s what you need to get to that next level in the post season. We need a goalie that’s going to be strong, someone we can rely on. She’s our foundation and we have to build around her, again, an absolutely phenomenal performance from her.”

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Buckeyes drew first blood early in the game as Emma Maltais rebounded her own shot and deposited the puck into the Wisconsin net to give OSU a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the game that would hold through the end of the period.
  • As OSU continued to weather the UW attack the Bucks found themselves with a power play opportunity. Liz Schepers makes the most of the chance and puts the Buckeyes up 2-0.
  • Madison Field entered the game with 99 career points, and with her assist on the Schepers PPG Field becomes only the 10th player to score 100 points for the Buckeyes.

  • Wisconsin was not ready to go away quietly as the Badgers staged a rally in the third, kick started by a goal from Sophie Shirley at the 15:31 point of the period.
  • Emily Clark found the back of the net with 1:55 remaining in regulation to tie the game and force overtime for the second straight game.
  • With neither team able to score in the extra period the teams went to a shootout to determine who took the second point in the standings.
  • Braendli once again stepped up, stopping two of the Wisconsin shooters as Maltais and Schepers scored to give the Buckeyes four points on the weekend.
  • The freshman goaltender finished with 40 saves in the game, and 92 saves for the weekend.
  • Field, Skaggs, and Sophie Jaques notched assists for the Buckeyes.

First Period

In a chaotic opening sequence Tatum Skaggs blocked a shot, leading to Maltais streaking down the ice and firing a shot at UW goaltender Kristen Campbell. After Campbell stopped the first shot, Maltais rebounded her initial shot and capitalized on her second opportunity, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the game.

Wisconsin fired away looking to even things up, but Braendli stopped all 12 shots she faced in the period to send OSU into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

Second Period

Wisconsin put the pressure on early in the second, throwing shot after shot at Braendli, but the rookie stood tall and finished the period with 26 saves. Though the Buckeyes were outshot 26-to-11 through the first two periods, OSU took a 2-0 lead into the break after Schepers converted on a power play.

Third Period

The Badgers proved why you can never give them a chance to rally, scoring twice in the closing five minutes of regulation to force overtime for the second straight night.


Ohio State put the first shot on net in OT when Maltais nearly ended things, but Wisconsin regained control and put two shots-on-goal, but Braendli was not about to lose this game, stopping both shots and forcing a shootout once again.


Even as things change, the song remains the same. Maddie Rowe scored in the first round of the shootout for Wisconsin, only to see Maltais score on the other end. Braendli stopped Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski, allowing Schepers to finish things off, securing the four points for the Buckeyes and a happy flight home to Columbus.

What’s Next?

The Buckeyes are home for the first round of the WCHA Tournament where they’ll host Minnesota State. Puck drop for the series opener is set for Friday at 6:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday (Feb. 25) HERE Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the OSU Athletics Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 3). General admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students, youth and seniors, and $4 for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance. Service charges may apply.