Oct. 12, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team returns to its home ice to host the No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. Game one of the series is scheduled for a 6:07 p.m. start on Friday night, while Saturday’s game is set for a 3:07 p.m. puck drop. Both games are at the OSU Ice Rink, and admission is free.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes (3-0-1, 1-0-1 WCHA) continued their hot start by taking five of the six possible points at Minnesota last weekend. In Friday’s contest, Jacyn Reeves scored twice in the opening four minutes of the game, and Charly Dahlquist netted the game winner in the third period to give OSU a 3-2 victory, its first win at Minnesota since January 12, 2007. Saturday’s game saw an offensive explosion for both teams. The Golden Gophers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Emma Maltais cut the lead in half with less than eight to play in the first. Tatum Skaggs tied it for the Buckeyes two minutes later, but Minnesota picked up a third goal to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. Minnesota took its second two-goal lead of the game just 23 second into the second period, going up 4-2, but it would not last. Julianna Iafallo scored her first goal of the season with less than nine minutes left in the second, and Skaggs tied it up again before the intermission. The third period saw only two goals, the first coming from Dani Sadek, which gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game. With a little over six minutes to play, the Golden Gophers tied it up, 505, forcing overtime. A scoreless extra period led to a shootout, where Skaggs and Iafallo, along with Kassidy Sauvé not allowing a goal, secured the extra point for OSU.
Meet & Greet and Pink in the Rink on Friday, Post-Game Skate on Saturday
After Friday night’s game, five of the Buckeyes will hang around for meet and greet session with the fans. Lauren Boyle, Erin Langermeier, Rebecca Freiburger, Liz Schepers and Liv Halvorson will sign autographs. Friday will also be our Pink in the Rink game, where fans are encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness, and there will be some pink giveaways for the fans as well. On Saturday there will be a post-game skate for the fans. Half of the team will join the fans on the ice, while the other half signs autographs in the lobby before switching places with the skating Buckeyes. It is open to all ages, and skate rentals will be available for $3.00. Participants will need to sign a waiver that will be provided to them before the skating session starts.
The Times They Are A Changing
While Friday’s win was the first for the Buckeyes at Ridder Arena in over a decade, it was the first time that Ohio State had prevailed over Minnesota at any venue in nearly a decade. The last win prior to Friday’s 3-2 victory came on October 20, 2007 at the OSU Ice Rink when the Buckeyes notched a 4-1 victory to split the series between two top 10 ranked teams.
A pair of Buckeyes earned WCHA honors this week. After winning the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week award last week, Skaggs was selected as the WCHA Rookie of the Week thanks to her four-point weekend. The freshman scored two goals and picked up two assists over the weekend. Skaggs also leads the NCAA in goals with five this year, and is tied for second in points with eight. Maltais earned the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after her three assist, one goal weekend at Minnesota. She tied for fourth nationally in two different statistics, with seven points and five assists.
About The Bulldogs
Minnesota Duluth (2-2-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) opened its season with a sweep of Penn State at home before being swept by Boston College on the road. Sydney Brodt leads the Bulldogs statistically with one goal and three assists. Ashton Bell is right behind her with two goals and one assist, while Ryleigh Houston has three assists.