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
— Ohio State Women's Hockey (@OhioStateWHKY) February 23, 2019
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.
We are underway in Madi..GOAL!!
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) February 23, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.