February 2, 2019

No. 9 Buckeyes Sweep St. Cloud State

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Goaltender Andrea Braendli notched her second consecutive shutout as the No. 9 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (17-11-0, 11-9-0 WCHA) finished off a sweep of the St. Cloud State University Huskies (8-20-2, 3-16-0 WCHA) with a 5-0 win on Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Braendli was stellar in net once again for OSU, stopping all 28 shots she faced to earn her second straight shutout, and her fifth of the season, tied for second in the WCHA.
  • Ohio State struck first in the finale when Tatum Skaggs scored her team-best 13th goal of the season to give OSU a 1-0 lead with 7:06 left in the opening period.
  • The Buckeyes added to their lead when Madison Field rebounded a shot and fired it into the back of the SCSU net to make it 2-0 at the 6:54 mark of the second.
  • OSU saved it’s best offensive period for last this weekend, notching three goals in the third. Charly Dahlquist kicked things off with a power-play-goal at 15:36, and Liz Schepers fired the puck into the empty net at 17:38. Jacyn Reeves put the exclamation point on the weekend with a PPG at 19:32 to seal the 5-0 win.
  • Elise Riemenschneider notched a career-high two points with a pair of assists today. Emma Maltais also tallied a pair of assists while Skaggs, Gabby Rosenthal, Sam Bouley, Sophie Jaques and Jincy Dunne all finished with lone assists.
  • The Buckeyes extended their shutout streak in St. Cloud to four games. Dating back to last season Ohio State has not allowed a single goal to the Huskies while playing in St. Cloud.

First Period

The Buckeyes weathered an early attack from St. Cloud as the Huskies came out shooting, but the lone shot to tickle the twine in the opening 20 minutes came from Skaggs and gave OSU a 1-0 lead heading into the second. After outshooting the Huskies 19-to-10 in the opening period on Friday, SCSU hang with the Bucks today as OSU took a 12-to-11 shots-on-goal advantage into the second.

Second Period

OSU kicked things up a notch in the second, putting 18 SOG, but no shot was as valuable as the rebound Field scored on to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. The goal is the 98th point of Field’s career, moving her into a tie for 11th place in program history.

Third Period

It looked like the Buckeyes were skating to a 2-0 win before a late period onslaught resulted in three goals coming from Dahlquist, Schepers and Reeves. OSU finished the day going 2-for-4 on power play opportunities and headed home with a 5-0 win.

What’s Next?

The Buckeyes return to Columbus for the last home series of the regular season when they host the Bemidji State Beavers. Friday’s game is our annual Teddy Bear Toss where fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to throw onto the ice for charity. Saturday’s series finale is Senior Night.