Feb. 15, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team returns to Columbus to host the Bemidji State Beavers for the final weekend of the regular season. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association series gets underway on Friday at 6:07 p.m., and the regular season finale is set for Saturday at 3:07 p.m., both games are in the OSU Ice Rink.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (20-8-4, 13-5-4 WCHA) dropped the series opener against Minnesota State last Friday. Amanda Zeglen made 16 saves in only her third start in net, but MSU got the better of the Buckeyes on Friday, skating away with a 4-1 win. Grace Zarzecki scored the lone goal for OSU, while Lisa Bruno and Jincy Dunne tallied the assists. Saturday’s game saw both teams head to the second period scoreless before Minnesota State got on the board. Rebekah Kolstad gave MSU a 1-0 lead, but Rebecca Freiburger tied things up less than three minutes later with a goal of her own. As the second period wound to a close, the Mavericks regained the lead on Tristen Truax goal, sending OSU into the third facing a 2-1 deficit. It was all Buckeyes in the third as Charly Dahlquist scored the equalizer just under three minutes into the period, and Emma Maltais lit the lamp for the game winner with less than seven to play. Dunne, Lauren Boyle and Dani Sadek each earned an assist in the 3-2 win.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA with 37 points and her 23 assists are tied for the lead. Her 1.29 points-per-game, .82 assists-per-game with .82 and five game winning goals also lead the league. Skaggs leads the WCHA with 19 goals and .59 goals-per-game and her 33 points are second only to Maltais in the conference. Kassidy Sauvé’s eight shutouts are good for second in the WCHA and rank third in the nation. Her 786 saves lead the conference and come in at third in the nation. The Buckeyes already have six players with at least 20 points, the highest total since the 2013-14 season. With Maltais and Skaggs already over the 30-point threshold it marks the first time since the 2010-11 season where multiple players tallied over 30 points.
Ohio State Seniors to be Honored Before Saturday’s Game
Before puck drop in Saturday’s contest the team will hold its annual senior celebration where Julianna Iafallo, Lauren Spring, Liv Halvorson, Dani Sadek and Jess Dunne will be recognized for their contributions to the program. Fans wanting to see the ceremony should arrive early.
Quoting the Buckeyes on the Bemidji State Series and Senior Weekend
OSU Associate Head Coach Peter Elander: “When a program is set to break its all-time wins record it really comes down to the players that have been there for four years. This can be a great weekend, not only for our seniors, but for the whole team. Everyone has worked real hard to get this far, but we still have a long way to go.”
Forward Charly Dahlquist: “It’s unbelievable to see what’s happened here. Coming in from North Dakota I played against the Buckeyes for two years and seeing the team now just shows a massive culture shift. The results are there, and we’re hoping to put together two good games against Bemidji this weekend.”
About The Beavers
Bemidji State (13-16-3, 8-12-2 WCHA) trails the Buckeyes in the all-time series, 40-24-12. The Buckeyes came away with a tie in the series opener earlier this season before winning the second game 5-4. Clair DeGeorge leads the way for BSU with 22 points from 15 assists and seven goals. In total the Beavers have five players with at least 20 points in Haley Mack’s 21, and the trio of Emily Bergland, Emma Terres and Alexis Joyce with 20 each.