COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 9 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team looks to end its recent struggles when it hits the road for a series with the St. Cloud State University Huskies. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 4:07 p.m. ET start on Friday, and the finale gets underway at 3:07 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Coach Muzerall Interview
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes had their hands full when the Minnesota Golden Gophers came to town on Jan. 25-26. OSU couldn’t find an answer for the Gophers, dropping both games in the series.
In the series opener the Bucks found themselves on the ropes early after Minnesota scored four goals in the opening period. Madison Field cut into the Gopher’s lead early in the second, and Jincy Dunne scored her third goal of the season shortly after that, but it was not enough as OSU fell in the opener 7-2.
The finale saw both teams skate to a 0-0 tie through the first period, but Minnesota opened the scoring in the second by rattling off three goals in the first 7:11 of the second. Emma Maltais scored a short-handed goal to try and slow down the Gophers, but it did not work as Minnesota scored four more goals to hand the Buckeyes a 7-1 loss.
Dunne, Charly Dahlquist, Lisa Bruno, Gabby Rosenthal, Lauren Boyle and Jacyn Reeves all tallied assists for the Buckeyes in the series.
Madison Field Interview
Liv Soares Interview
The Husky File
The Huskies are led by a pair of forwards in Julia Tylke and Jenniina Nylund, with each notching 18 points this season. Nylund leads the team with 12 assists to go along with her six goals. Tylke has nine goals and nine assists on the season, tied for the team lead in goals. Hannah Potrykus comes in at third on the team with 16 points from nine goals and seven assists.
The Buckeyes hold a 43-30-10 all-time record against the Huskies, including sweep of St. Cloud State earlier this season in Columbus.
Late in the first period of the series opener the Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring a pair of goals in a 14-second span. From there the Buckeyes took over, tying things up in the second with goals from Emma Maltais and Madison Field. Just past the midway point of the third Field lit the lamp for her second goal of the game and put OSU up for good, clinching a 3-2 win.
Ohio State never trailed in the finale as Tatum Skaggs notched her seventh goal of the season to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. A St. Cloud State goal early in the second tied things up, but goals from Field and Charly Dahlquist gave OSU the protection it needed as the Buckeyes skated away with a 3-2 win.