COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 9 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team is headed to Minneapolis for the WCHA Final Faceoff where the Buckeyes face the No. 2 University of Wisconsin Badgers in the WCHA Semifinal on Saturday at 6:07 p.m. ET. If the Buckeyes win they’ll move on to the WCHA Championship game on Sunday at 3:07 p.m. ET, all the games will be played in Ridder Arena.
Coach Muzerall Interview
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes got their post-season run started with a WCHA Tournament first round sweep of Minnesota State, taking game with a 3-2 overtime win and finishing the sweep with a 3-0 win shutout in game two.
Tatum Skaggs opened the scoring for the Buckeyes with her 16th goal of the season early in the first period of the series opener, but Brooke Bryant responded with a goal of her own to tie the game at 1-1. Lisa Bruno capped off the first period with a goal at the 19:00 mark to give OSU a 2-1 lead. Bryant struck again for MSU, tying things up early in the third. Just 28 seconds into overtime Emma Maltais fired the puck into the MSU net to give OSU the 3-2 win.
Everything was coming up Buckeyes in game two with Charly Dahlquist putting OSU up 1-0 in the first. The game turned into a goaltending showdown after that early goal, with neither team unable to score until the 16:30 point of the third when Jacyn Reeves found the back of the net. Jincy Dunne notched an empty netter with 38 seconds left to secure the 3-0 win. Andrea Braendli finished with 28 saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season.
Lauren Boyle Interview
Jincy Dunne Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
Jincy Dunne became only the second Buckeye in program history to win the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year award on March 4. Dunne leads all WCHA defensemen with 27 points this season, a new career-high. Her 23 assists, 0.84 points-per-game and 0.72 assists-per-game also lead all conference defenders. The redshirt-junior even brought home some hardware earlier in the season, winning back-to-back WCHA Defenseman of the Week awards in November, and then staking claim to the WCHA Defenseman of the Month award for November. The only other WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, Tessa Bonhomme, shared some words of encouragement.
Keep raising the bar Jincy! Super PROUD of you and what you’ve accomplished to date! Hardest work has yet to be done, though. Keep leading the way like a champ! We’ll be cheering you on the whole way #GoBucks @jdunne33 🙌☝️👊 https://t.co/IHARn85WUT
— Tessa Bonhomme (@Tessab25) March 5, 2019
Jacyn Reeves Interview
Braendli Claims More Honors
Freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli continues to add to her trophy case, earning WCHA Goaltender of the Week and National Goaltender of the Month honors this week. Braendli notched her sixth shutout of the season last weekend to secure the WCHA honors, and the monthly honors cover her outstanding February where she went 2-0-2 with two shutouts and two shootout wins against then No. 1 Wisconsin.
— Ohio State Women's Hockey (@OhioStateWHKY) March 6, 2019
The Badger File
Wisconsin enters the weekend ranked No. 2 in the country. Annie Pankowski is the top scorer for the Badgers, and the WCHA, with 43 points from 21 goals and 22 assists. Abby Roque has shined this year, tallying 38 points from 29 assists and nine goals. Freshman Sophie Shirley has excelled this season with 37 points from 19 goals and 18 assists. Goaltender Kristen Campbell leads the WCHA with a 1.09 goals-against-average, 30 wins and eight shutouts this season.
The Buckeyes hold a 13-66-9 all-time record against Wisconsin. The teams split their series earlier this season in Columbus with OSU taking the first game 1-0 before falling in the second. When the teams met in Madison to wrap up the regular season both contests finished in ties, but the Buckeyes emerged victorious in both shootouts to take four points on the weekend. This is the first time the teams have met in the WCHA Semifinal since 2007.