COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team used a smothering attack to open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with a 4-0 win over the Minnesota State Mavericks on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
For the second consecutive game Ohio State put 19 SOG in the first period, but unlike last Saturday’s game no shot found the back of the net in the opening frame. The Buckeyes took a 19-to-8 SOG advantage into the second.
OSU played the hits in the second with Dahlquist and Maltais netting goals. Both of the assists tallied by Soares came in the second, while Braendli continued to stonewall the Mavericks, stopping all eight shots she faced in the period.
After a freshman season full of near misses and spectacular saves robbing her of a goal, Bruno broke through with a laser shot that zipped through a crowd and lit the lamp. Not content with the assist she earned in the second, Bouley scored her first goal of the year to add some insurance for the Bucks with 8:07 left to play. Minnesota State had its highest shot total of the game in the third, putting 12 on net, but no puck would get past Braendli as the freshman earned the first shutout of her career in just her second start.
Ohio State hits the ice tomorrow looking for a WCHA sweep when the Mavericks come looking for revenge. Puck drop is set for 1:07 p.m. in the OSU Ice Rink.