COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9-ranked Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (4-2-0, 2-2-0 WCHA) hits the road to take on Minnesota State (2-4-0, 0-4-0 WCHA) in the third week of conference play. Both games will begin at 2:07 p.m. CT at the Mankato Civic Center.
Last Time Out against the Mavericks
Last season the Buckeyes went 5-1 against the Mavericks including a sweep in the first round of the WCHA Tournament. In the opening series, Ohio State put up six goals to the Mavericks’ one and recorded its first shutout of the season in the 4-0 win in game one. Emma Maltais and Lisa Bruno both netted goals and one assist each while Olivia Soares notched two assists. In the overtime thriller, Liz Schepers scored first for the Buckeyes but the Mavericks tied the game at 1-all in the second period. Madison Field scored four minutes into the overtime period, assisted by Maltais, to give the Buckeyes the conference sweep.
In the second meeting against Minnesota State, each team came away with one win. In the series opener, the Mavericks blanked the Buckeyes 3-0 but Ohio State responded in game two with a 2-0 victory. Tatum Skaggs and Samantha Bouley lit the lamp for the Buckeyes and Maltais tallied one assist.
The two teams met again in the first round of the WCHA Tournament with the Buckeyes advancing to the Final Faceoff after a 3-2 overtime win in game one and a 3-0 shutout in game two. Skaggs and Bruno each scored in regulation of game one while Maltais put away the game-winning overtime goal just 28 seconds into extra time. Jincy Dunne and 2018 graduates, Charly Dahlquist and Jacyn Reeves all netted goals in game two.
Ohio State holds a 66-14-8 all-time record against Minnesota State.
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Minnesota State is coming off of two losses to No. 8-ranked Minnesota Duluth. In the opening game, the Mavericks dropped the overtime decision 3-2 and the Bulldogs completed the conference sweep on Saturday with a 4-1 win. Overall, Minnesota State is 2-4-0 and 0-2-0 in conference play with two shutout wins against RIT. The Mavericks opponents have outscored them 20-11 overall and 20-6 in the conference.
Freshman forward Kelsey King leads the team in points with five total from five assists while junior forward Mariah Gardner leads the team in goals with three. Overall, seven Mavericks have put up goals this season with Gardner leading with three and freshman Charlotte Akervik and sophomore Claire Butorac tallying two apiece.
Abigail Levy and Calla Frank have split time in net for the Mavericks with Levy holding the advantage with a 2.99 GAA and .904 save percentage.