Feb. 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team returns to Columbus to host the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. Game one of the series gets underway on Friday at 6:07, while the series finale is set for 3:07 on Saturday. Both games are at the OSU Ice Rink.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (17-7-4, 10-4-4 WCHA) stumbled in their first road trip of 2018, dropping both games against the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs last weekend. Friday’s game saw the Bulldogs pile it on the Buckeyes, handing OSU a 4-1 loss. Tatum Skaggs netted the lone goal for Ohio State. On Saturday, the Buckeyes took a lead into the third period, but two goals from UMD sent OSU home with a 2-1 loss. Skaggs once again lit the lamp for the Scarlet and Gray.
Emma Maltais leads the WCHA with 33 points and in points-per-game with 1.27. She also leads in assists-per-game with .85, while her 22 assists are tied for the league lead. Skaggs leads the WCHA with 18 goals and .64 goals-per-game. Maddy Field’s four game winning goals are tied for second in the conference. Kassidy Sauvé’s seven shutouts are good for second in the WCHA and for third in the nation. Her 726 saves lead the conference and come in at third in the nation.
Quoting the Buckeyes on the Wisconsin Series
OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall: “We have to continue to produce offensively if we want to beat Wisconsin. We’ve done a good job of that since the first Wisconsin series, our freshman have really clicked with our offensive systems and special teams. Wisconsin has great stick positioning, and they block a lot of shots and they don’t make many errors. You know when you play them that you’re playing the best team in the nation.”
Goaltender Kassidy Sauvé: “I think we’re a different team than the one that faced them in Madison back in November, so I feel confident that we’ll do well. I like when a team shoots at me, and Wisconsin will do that. They’re outshooting most of their opponents; I know that I’ll be busy all night and that I’ll have to challenge every shooter that comes to me.”
Forward Emma Maltais: “We’re excited to get another shot at them this season. We were obviously disappointed with our first series against them, but we learned a lot from that weekend and I think we’re better prepared for them now that we’ve seen them up close.”
About The Badgers
Wisconsin (26-1-1, 17-0-1 WCHA) leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 65-10-7. The Buckeyes suffered their first losses of the season earlier this year when the Badgers swept them in Madison. Abby Rogue leads a blistering offense with 31 points from nine goals and 22 assists. Rogue comes in at second in the conference in points, only trailing the Buckeye’s own Maltais. Wisconsin has three different double-digit goal scorers, led by Claudia Kepler’s 17.