Nov. 22, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team travels to Pittsburgh to take on the No. 9 Robert Morris University Colonials in a non-conference series this weekend. Puck drop for game one of the series is set for 7:05 p.m. ET, while the finale gets underway at 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Colonials Arena.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (10-2-2, 8-2-2 WCHA) took four out of six points in a weekend series at WCHA foe Bemidji State. OSU opened the scoring in Friday’s contest with a Tatum Skaggs goal, her eighth of the season, near the halfway point of the first period. The Beavers responded quickly, scoring two goals in the next four minutes to take a 2-1 lead. In the second, Liz Schepers scored her first goal as a Buckeye to tie the game at 2-2, but BSU responded one again to regain the lead. Finally, Julianna Iafallo tied the game with her sixth goal of the year. A scoreless third and overtime led to a shootout that BSU won in the sixth round, 1-0. Saturday’s game saw both teams combine for five goals in a first period where Bemidji took a 3-2 advantage into the second. In the second everything was coming up Buckeyes as Iafallo, Maddy Field, and McKenna Wesloh all scored goals to put OSU in front 5-3. BSU scored one goal in the third, but could not even the score as Ohio State won 5-4.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA in points-per-game with 1.21, while her 17 points tie her for second in the conference. Her points and 10 assists tie her for first in the WCHA among freshmen. Skaggs leads the WCHA freshmen with eight goals, and she is tied for third in freshman points with 13. She is also tied with Maddy Field for the WCHA lead in goals-per-game with .57, and both of them are tied for third overall in the WCHA with eight goals each. Kassidy Sauvé comes in at third in the NCAA with 346 saves, while her four shutouts tie her for second in the nation.
For the second time this season Maltais earned the WCHA Rookie of the Week award. Maltais tallied three points with two assists and a goal in the series with Bemidji State. She previously won the Rookie of the Week award after her performance at St. Cloud State. The reigning WCHA Rookie of the Month also won the Offensive Player of the Week award earlier in the season.
About The Colonials
Robert Morris (9-1-2, 4-0-2 College Hockey America) stands alone atop the CHA rankings. RMU ranks second nationally in goals-per-game with 4.33, and leads the nation with four short-handed goals. Brittany Howard leads the team in points with 23, and in goals with 14. Jaycee Gebhard is right behind her with 18 points, 15 of which came from assists. Both Amber Rennie and Kristen Welsh have 14 points each for the Colonials.