Feb. 16, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team continues to blaze a path through the program record book as it broke multiple records with a 4-0 win over the Bemidji State University Beavers on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Buckeyes (21-8-4, 14-5-4 WCHA) are now the winningest team in program history, passing the 2006-07 team’s 20 wins. Tonight’s win also pushes this year’s team into the top spot for Western Collegiate Hockey Association wins in a year, besting the 2006-07 team that won 13 conference games.
Kassidy Sauvé also made history tonight, passing Chelsea Knapp’s 2,421 saves to become the program’s all-time saves leader. The redshirt-junior made 38 saves to earn her ninth shutout of the season, giving her the single season record for shutouts. She already held the program record for shutouts, which stands at 21 after tonight.
Ohio State and Sauvé faced a furious attack from Bemidji State in the first period as the Beavers put 15 shots-on-goal. As the goaltender stood tall in net, it looked like the teams were destined to hit their locker rooms scoreless, but Tatum Skaggs intercepted a pass and drove to the net, lighting the lamp with just 29 seconds left in the period.
The Buckeyes came out in the second looking to add some insurance, and Skaggs did just that 3:30 into the period when she netted her second goal of the game to push the OSU lead to 2-0. Charly Dahlquist and Emma Maltais tallied assists on the goal. Skaggs now has a WCHA leading 21 goals on the season, and Maltais leads the conference with 38 points. BSU put 10 SOG in the second, but none found the back of the net as the Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead into the break.
Not content with waiting for Saturday to start her senior celebration, Julianna Iafallo got in on the scoring early in the third when she rebounded the puck off a broken play and deposited it into the back of the net. With the Beavers on a power play, Bemidji pulled their goaltender to get a six-on-four advantage, but that proved to be their doom as Iafallo fired a puck from the middle of the ice into the net to give Ohio State a 4-0 lead with 6:09 to play. BSU continued to fire away, but Sauvé would not be denied the shutout on this historic night as she stopped all 13 SOG in the third to secure the 4-0 win.
“We tried not to talk about the wins record too much, but we all knew what was at stake tonight,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “As coaches we knew that we had to keep these women razor sharp and to recognize that Bemidji had a lot to fight for as well coming into tonight. Getting the record is nice, but we still have to come out tomorrow and play our game. We’re in a good place heading into the playoffs, but we have to work hard to stay in that good place.”
Skaggs and Iafallo led the team with two points each tonight. Maltais, Dahlquist, Dani Sadek and Jacyn Reeves finished with an assist each. The Buckeyes blocked ten shots on the night, led by Liv Halvorson’s two blocks.
The Buckeyes hit the ice tomorrow to wrap up their series with Bemidji State, and for senior day. Puck drop is set for 3:07 with the senior recognition happening prior to puck drop.