COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 4 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team returns to Columbus after four straight road games to host the St. Cloud State Huskies in WCHA action this weekend. Game one is set for a 6:07 p.m. start on Friday, while the series finale is set for 3:07 p.m. on Saturday, both games will be at the OSU Ice Rink.
Parking Advisory for this Weekend’s Series
Parking is free on Friday, but with the Elton John concert at The Schott fans entering the parking lot need to tell the parking attendants that they’re coming for the women’s hockey game. Between the concert and the volleyball match in St. John Arena fans are encouraged to come early to secure a parking spot.
With the football team playing at the same time as us on Saturday, the normal free parking for fans will not be available. We suggest consulting the map linked HERE for where to park on Saturday. The parking attendants only take cash, so make sure to have it on hand when parking
St. Lawrence Weekend Recap
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes ventured to upstate New York for a non-conference clash with the No. 10 St. Lawrence University Saints last weekend in Canton, N.Y.
Friday’s series opener saw the Buckeyes plagued with penalties. St. Lawrence converted 2-of-6 power play opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the game to take a 2-0 lead into the second period. Jincy Dunne cut the lead to one with her first goal of the year in the second period, while Tatum Skaggs evened things up at 2-2 just 30 seconds into the third. St. Lawrence would have the last laugh in the series opener however as the Saints scored with less than 10 minutes to play to secure a 3-2 defeat for the Bucks.
Something clicked for Ohio State on Saturday as the Buckeyes uncorked and offensive onslaught, winning the finale 6-1. Jacyn Reeves scored her first goal of the season, and Sara Saekkinen scored her first collegiate goal to go along with two goals from Charly Dahlquist and goals from Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs in the win.
Goaltender Andrea Braendli came up huge in the rubber match, stopping 42-of-43 shots she faced to secure the nearly clean sheet. St. Lawrence did most of its shot damage in the third as the Saints threw 22 shots-on-goal in the period, but none found the back of the net.
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Emma Maltais leads the Buckeyes with 15 points, the third most points in the nation. Her 15 points lead the WCHA, and she also ranks first with 11 assists, 1.50 points-per-game, 1.10 assists-per-game and she’s the only player in the league to score a shorthanded goal this season. Her 11 assists are good for second nationally.
Madison Field took over sole possession of 16th place all-time at Ohio State when she tallied the 84th point of her career over the weekend. For the season she sits a six points from an even split of three goals and three assists. All three of her goals this season have been game winning goals, which leads the WCHA and is tied for the national lead.
Charly Dahlquist comes in second on the team with 10 points from four goals and six assists. Four of her points, two goals and two assists, came in last Saturday’s game at No. 10 St. Lawrence where she was involved with four of the six goals scored by the Buckeyes in the win.
Andrea Braendli ranks second in the WCHA with a .947 save percentage. She’s made 232 saves this season, good for second in the conference even with two less games played than the first place goaltender.
Tatum Skaggs leads the team in goals with six and is tied for the WCHA lead as well. She’s tied for fifth in the nation in goals.
Jincy Dunne leads all WCHA defensemen with eight points this year. She’s scored one goal and tallied seven assists. Her assist total also leads all the defensemen in the conference.
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Maltais Named WCHA Forward of the Month
Emma Maltais led the WCHA in points for the first month of the season, and has now claimed the WCHA Forward of the Month award for October. Maltais posted 15 points during the opening month of the season, the third highest in the nation. She also leads the WCHA with 11 assists, 1.50 points-per-game and 1.10 assists-per-game. Maltais is also the only player in the conference to notch a shorthanded goal so far this season. Her 11 assists rank second nationally.
Dahlquist Wins WCHA Forward of the Week
After her four-point weekend at No. 10 St. Lawrence Charly Dahlquist was named the WCHA Forward of the Week on Oct. 30. The senior went off in the series finale, lighting the lamp twice and assisting on two other goals to help the Buckeyes get a 6-1 win. This marked the third consecutive week a Buckeye earned WCHA honors.
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The Husky File
St. Cloud State comes into the weekend fresh off a split with No. 7 Minnesota Duluth. Julia Tylke leads the Huskies with 12 points from three goals and nine assists. Her 12 points are tied for third in the WCHA. Hannah Theodosopoulos comes in second on the team with 10 points from six goals and four assists, her six goals lead the team. Emma Polusny and Janine Alder have split time in net for St. Cloud State with each goaltender starting five games. Polusny holds the better record, 3-2-0, while Alder has the better goals-against-average with 2.55.
Ohio State holds an all-time record of 41-30-10 against St. Cloud State. OSU won two of the four matchups between the teams last season, and tied with the Huskies in the other two.
The Buckeyes dominated the first two games in last year’s series, winning both games 4-0 at St. Cloud. Emma Maltais, Madison Field and Julianna Iafallo all scored two goals each in the series while Rebecca Freiburger and Lauren Spring accounted for the other two goals.
St. Cloud State proved to be troublesome when the teams met in Columbus for a series. Ohio State could not come out of either game with a win, but did prevail in both shootouts to take four of the six WCHA points up for grabs that weekend.