COLUMBUS, Ohio — Charly Dahlquist celebrated senior day in style by scoring twice as the No. 9 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (18-12-0, 12-10-0 WCHA) defeated the Bemidji State University Beavers (11-17-2, 8-10-2 WCHA) by a score of 5-1 on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
Coach Muzerall on the Game
“Of course it being senior day there’s a lot of emotions running high. I think if we had any concern it was more about not allowing the emotions to channel the outcome and get in the way of what we were trying to do. They stayed focused and everybody played well. We had four different multi-point scorers, it was nice to see Charly get two goals on senior night, but this was about everybody and all their effort.”
The Nitty Gritty
The Buckeyes once again drew first blood against the Beavers with Freiburger scoring less than a minute into the game. Dahlquist added to the lead later in the period before the Langei goal cut the OSU lead in half, 2-1, heading into the second. Bemidji State hung with OSU in the first, as the Bucks only outshot BSU by one, 13-to-12, in the opening period.
The second period turned into a defensive rock fight with neither team able to light the lamp in the frame. The Buckeyes put six SOG in the period, but held the Beavers to one SOG, and carried the 2-1 lead into the third.
Business picked up early in the third when Dahlquist scored to up the OSU lead to 3-1. Maltais got in on the action after drawing a penalty shot. The sophomore went five hole on BSU goaltender Lauren Bench to extend the Ohio State lead. After drawing only the second power play opportunity of the game, the Bucks converted when Sophie Jaques scored her fifth goal of the season to clinch the 5-1 win.
The Buckeyes have next weekend off before wrapping up the regular season on the road against Wisconsin. Puck drop for the series opener with the Badgers is set for 8:07 p.m. ET on Friday, February 22 in Madison, Wisconsin.