COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 4 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team hits the road again for a series against the Bemidji State University Beavers. Both Friday and Saturday’s games are set for 4:07 p.m. ET starts at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.
St. Cloud State Weekend Recap
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes made a triumphant return to their home ice with a sweep of WCHA foe St. Cloud State last weekend, winning both games by a score of 3-2.
Late in the first period of Friday’s series opener the Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring a pair of goals in a 14-second span. From there the Buckeyes took over, tying things up in the second with goals from Emma Maltais and Madison Field. Just past the midway point of the third Field lit the lamp for her second goal of the game and put OSU up for good, clinching a 3-2 win.
Ohio State never trailed in Saturday’s game as Tatum Skaggs notched her seventh goal of the season to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. A St. Cloud State goal early in the second tied things up, but goals from Field and Charly Dahlquist gave OSU the protection it needed as the Buckeyes skated away with a 3-2 win.
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Emma Maltais leads the Buckeyes with 19 points, tied for the second highest total in the nation. Her 19 points lead the WCHA, and she also ranks first with 14 assists, 1.58 points-per-game, 1.17 assists-per-game and she’s one of the two players in the league to score a shorthanded goal this season. Her 14 assists lead the nation.
Madison Field jumped up to 14th place all-time at Ohio State with her three points against St. Cloud State, pushing her career total to 87 points. For the season she sits a nine points from six goals and three assists. Four of her goals this season have been game winning goals, the highest total in the nation this season. She’s notched 11 GWG in her career, tied for second in program history, and her 49 career goals rank sixth all-time.
Charly Dahlquist comes in second on the team with 12 points from five goals and seven assists. Her fifth goal of the season came in Saturday’s game against St. Cloud State, a shorthanded goal, making her the second player in the conference to notch one this season (the other being Emma Maltais). It’s the first shorthanded goal of her career.
Andrea Braendli ranks second in the WCHA with a .940 save percentage. She’s made 267 saves this season, good for second in the conference even with one less game played than the first place goaltender.
Tatum Skaggs leads the team in goals with sever and is tied for the WCHA lead as well. She’s tied for seventh in the nation in goals. Her goal against St. Cloud State on Saturday was the 30th goal of her career.
Jincy Dunne leads all WCHA defensemen with 10 points this year. She’s scored one goal and tallied nine assists. Her assist total also leads all the defensemen in the conference.
Emma Maltais Interview
Maltais Named WCHA Forward of the Week
Fresh off being named the WCHA Forward of the Month on Nov. 1, Emma Maltais kept thing rolling with a WCHA Forward of the week award on Nov. 6. Maltais led the conference with four points over the weekend from one goal and three assists. She tallied two of her points in Friday’s series opener against St. Cloud State, and then added a pair of assists in Saturday’s game with the Huskies.
Madison Field Interview
The Beaver File
Bemidji State comes into the weekend winless, but that’s deceptive of how dangerous the team is. Four different players are tied for the team lead with four points each, including Clair DeGeorge and her three goals, one assist stat line. Emily Bergland and Paige Beebe each have four points from two goals and two assists, while Briana Jorde has four points, all coming from assists. Lauren Bench serves as the primary goaltender with six starts. She’s notched one shutout this season.
Ohio State comes into the weekend with a 41-25-12 all-time record against Bemidji State. The Beavers proved to be a troublesome opponent last season as the Buckeyes went 2-1-1 in four games against them.
In the first series of last season the Buckeyes tied the Beavers in the series opener, claiming an extra point in the shootout, before taking the second game by a score of 5-4.
When the teams met in Columbus to wrap up the regular season in February Ohio State took the first matchup, 4-0. That win was the 21st victory of the season for the Buckeyes, making the 2017-18 Ohio State team the winningest team in program history. OSU dropped the regular season finale the following day, 2-1.