Feb. 22, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time since 2007 The No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team hosts its Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament first round series this weekend. The Buckeyes face the Minnesota State University Mavericks in a best of three series this weekend at the OSU Ice Rink. Game one is set for a 6:07 p.m. start on Friday, while game two gets underway at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday. If necessary, game three of the series will be at 3:07 p.m. on Sunday.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (21-9-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) wrapped up the regular season with a home series against Bemidji State Beavers last weekend. Tatum Skaggs did what she does best in the series opener, scoring the first two goals of the game to put OSU ahead. Julianna Iafallo followed her up with two goals of her own to give the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead. Kassidy Sauvé stopped all 38 shots she faced to secure her ninth shutout of the year in a 4-0 win. The win locked up the No. 2 seed in the WCHA tournament.
On Saturday the Beavers played the role of spoiler for Ohio State’s senior day as Bemidji handed the Buckeyes a 2-1 loss, only the second home loss of the year for Ohio State. Maddy Field scored the lone goal for OSU, while Iafallo and Jincy Dunne tallied assists.
A Historic Weekend In Columbus
In the final series of the regular season, this year’s team etched its name in the record books in multiple ways. With Friday’s win the 2017-18 Buckeyes are now the winningest team in program history, passing the 20 wins tallied by the 2006-07 team. The 2006-07 also won a record 13 WCHA games, which this year’s team passed on Friday as well.
The single season wins record was not the only record broken on Friday night, as Kassidy Sauvé became the all-time program leader in saves, passing the 2,421 saves accumulated by Chelsea Knapp from 2010-14. Sauvé’s career total sits at 2,478, with all post-season saves counting toward her total.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA with 38 points and her 24 assists are tied for the lead. Her 1.19 points-per-game and five game winning goals also lead the league. Skaggs leads the WCHA with 21 goals and .62 goals-per-game and her 34 points are second only to Maltais in the conference. Kassidy Sauvé’s nine shutouts are good for second in the WCHA and rank third in the nation. Her 849 saves lead the conference and come in at third in the NCAA.
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.
With her historic weekend in her, Kassidy Sauvé earned her fifth Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week award this season. Sauvé made 63 saves over the weekend, pushing her into first place in Ohio State University women’s ice hockey history. The redshirt-junior now has 2,478 saves for her career. She made 38 saves on Friday to earn her ninth shutout of the season, and boosting her career total to 21.
About The Mavericks
Minnesota State (5-26-2, 3-21-0 WCHA) comes into Columbus for its third series with OSU this season. The Buckeyes hold a 3-1-0 advantage in the season series, sweeping MSU when the teams met in Columbus back in November. Two weeks ago Ohio State ventured up to Mankato where the Mavericks took game one of that series, 4-1. OSU bounced back the next day to get the weekend split with a 3-2 win.