Nov. 17, 2017
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team picked up a point in its Western Collegiate Hockey Association series opener against the Bemidji State University Beavers, but lost a shootout after a 3-3 tie on Friday night at the Sanford Center.
The Buckeyes (9-2-2, 7-2-2 WCHA) struck first when Tatum Skaggs netted her team-high eighth goal of the season at the 9:37 mark of the first period. Bemidji responded quickly with two consecutive goals from Paige Beebe and Sylvia Marolt to claim a 2-1 lead with 6:54 remaining in the period. Despite holding a 16-to-8 shots-on-goal advantage in the period, the Buckeyes went into the break trailing 2-1.
OSU wasted little time in tying the game in the second as Liz Schepers scored her first goal as a Buckeye at the 3:05 point, making it 2-2. With Ohio State attacking on a power-play, Haley Mack got the puck on a breakaway for the Beavers and slipped one into the OSU net, giving Bemidji a 3-2 lead. That lead, however, would not last as Julianna Iafallo scored her sixth goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3.
After seeing three goals scored in each of the first two periods, a scoreless third led to overtime. OSU had an 11-to-10 SOG advantage in the third period. The Buckeyes had a 3-to-1 SOG advantage in the extra period, but with nothing finding the back of the net the teams went to a shootout.
The shootout quickly turned into a goaltender duel as both Kassidy Sauvé and BSU’s Erin Deters blocked the first five shots each of them saw. In the sixth round of the shootout, Lydia Passolt scored for Bemidji, and another Deters save snatched the extra point away from OSU as the Beavers won the shootout, 1-0.
Five different Buckeyes tallied assists in the tie. Jacyn Reeves and Charly Dahlquist earned assists on the first goal, while reigning WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Lauren Boyle earned to solo assist on the second goal. Finally, Maddy Field and Emma Maltais got the assists on the last OSU goal.
The Buckeyes return to the ice to wrap up their series with the Beaver on Saturday. Puck drop is set for a 4:07 p.m. ET.