COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tatum Skaggs notched a hat trick as the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team finished off a sweep of the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs with a 4-1 win on Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
Duluth got on the board first, but the Buckeyes kicked things up a notch after taking that shot to the face. For the second consecutive game OSU scored on a power play, something the team has struggled with this season, to even things up. Saekkinen had been patrolling the ice and firing away for the last few games and finally found the back of the net for the second of her Buckeye career, and her first game-winning-goal of her collegiate career, to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.
Both teams looked to find an edge in the second, but neither could find the back of the net. A pair of Ohio State penalties gave Duluth power play chances, but the OSU penalty kill proved to be lethal and shut down both opportunities, as well as the three PP chances the Bulldogs had in the first period. The score didn’t change in the second, but the Buckeyes had something cooking for the third.
The Buckeyes kept firing away in the opening moments of the third, and as the pressure mounted in a scrum in front of the UMD net Reeves fed the puck to Skaggs for her second of the game. Ohio State kept the pressure up throughout the rest of the game, only allowing five SOG in the third. With Maddie Rooney on the bench and the Bulldogs desperately looking to close the gap in the closing moments, Skaggs took a pass from Dunne and fired the puck from the neutral zone into the net, notching the second hat trick of her career, and locking up a 4-1 Ohio State win.
The Buckeyes are on a bye next weekend and return to action with a trip to Mankato, Minnesota to face the Minnesota State Mavericks on November 30.