COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 9 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team is set for its final regular season home series as it hosts the Bemidji State University Beavers this weekend. Puck drop for Friday’s teddy bear toss game is set for 6:07 p.m., while Saturday’s Senior Day festivities get started at 2:30 p.m. ahead of a 3:07 puck drop.
Parking Advisory For This Weekend
With the wrestling team hosting a fan fest in French Field House at 6:30 p.m. we encourage all our fans to make sure they’re at the rink before puck drop at 6:07 p.m. Friday. On Saturday there’s a high school track and field event in French Field house, so fans should allow more time to arrive and find parking ahead of Saturday’s Senior Day festivities, set to get underway at 2:30 p.m. ahead of the 3:07 p.m. puck drop.
Coach Muzerall Interview
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes got things back on track against the St. Cloud State University Huskies on Feb. 1-2, sweeping the Huskies on their own ice for the second consecutive year.
Rebecca Freiburger got things going in the series opener with her third goal of the season early in the first period. The Buckeyes kept the pressure up through the second, but did not add to their lead until the third when Paetyn Levis, Sophie Jaques and Emma Maltais scored to clinch the 4-0 win.
In the series finale, Tatum Skaggs kicked off the scoring with her team-high 14th goal of the season in the first. Madison Field added to the lead with a goal in the second before a three-goal explosion in the final five minutes of the game gave the Buckeyes a 5-0 win. Charly Dahlquist, Liz Schepers and Jacyn Reeves all scored during the final onslaught.
Goaltender Andrea Braendli stopped all 50 shots she faced in the series to secure two shutouts, bumping her season total to five, tied for second in the WCHA.
Madison Field Interview
Erin Langermeier Interview
Braendli Earns NCAA and WCHA Honors
Andrea Braendli continues to impress this season as she earned NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week and WCHA Rookie of the Week on Feb. 5. Braendli stopped all 50 shots she faced during the series with the Huskies, earning back-to-back shutouts for the Buckeyes.
The Beaver File
The Beavers come to town fresh off a win over then No. 1 Wisconsin last weekend. Claire DeGeorge leads BSU with 18 points from 10 assists and eight goals. Jacqueline Kaasa and Emily Bergland are tied for second on the team with 14 points each. Kaasa has an even split with seven goals and seven assists, while Bergland has nine assists and five goals. Lauren Bench serves as the primary goaltender, appearing in 16 games this season. Bench has a 6-7-2 record and a 2.21 goals-against-average.
The Buckeyes hold a 41-27-12 all-time record against the Beavers, but dropped both games the teams played earlier this season in Bemidji.
The opener in Bemidji saw OSU fall behind 2-0 before Emma Maltais cut into the BSU lead in the third period. The rally came up short, though, as the Buckeyes fell 2-1. The finale came with more drama with the teams trading goals in the second period, but two third period goals from the Beavers sent Ohio State home with a 4-2 loss.