COLUMBUS, Ohio — Andrea Braendli stopped all 28 shots she faced as the No. 10 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (20-12-2, 12-10-2-2 WCHA) defeated the Minnesota State Mavericks (9-19-7, 3-16-5 WCHA) by a score of 3-0 on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
Coach Muzerall on the Game
“I challenged the girls to play intelligently in the defensive zone, it’s tough sometimes when you have so much momentum offensively and you get hemmed into your defensive zone for a minute or so, you have to be disciplined when that happens. I thought our work ethic on our back-check was good and everybody appreciated it all over the ice tonight.”
The Nitty Gritty
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Ohio State drew first blood with Dahlquist’s power-play-goal at the 2:04 mark of the first. The Buckeyes controlled the puck for most of the first period, out-shooting the Mavericks 13-to-6 in the opening frame as OSU took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Scoring opportunities were plentiful in the second with the Buckeyes putting 16 shots-on-goal and MSU notching 12 SOG itself, but the second period was a goaltending showcase as neither goalie yielded any ground in the period.
For the first time this weekend Minnesota State out-shot the Buckeyes in a period, putting 10 SOG compared to Ohio State’s nine, but both goals scored in the period came from the Scarlet and Gray with Reeves driving to the net and firing one past Levy, and Dunne putting the game away with an empty netter to seal the 3-0 win.
The Buckeyes are headed back to the WCHA Final Faceoff next weekend in Minneapolis. Ohio State faces a familiar foe when it arrives in the Twin Cities as the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers await. Puck drop for the WCHA Final Faceoff Semifinal game is set for 6:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 9. Tickets for the WCHA Final Faceoff can be purchased HERE.