Jan. 13, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (11-10-2, 5-10-2 WCHA) won its third straight game on Friday evening, downing Bemidji State (8-12-1, 4-12-1 WCHA) at OSU Ice Rink.
“I think we just played our game,” said head coach Nadine Muzerall. “We had another great night from Sauve; when you have a quarterback like her back there you can rally around her and find a way to win.”
Ohio State’s fantastic goaltender stopped 45 shots tonight: 12 in the first period, 17 in the second, and 16 in the third. Over the Buckeyes’ last three games, all victories, Sauve has stopped 99 of the 100 shots that have come her way.
On the first goal the Beavers had the puck back in their own zone, when Maddy Field forced a turnover and dished it off to a wide open Iafallo right in front of the net. The Eden, New York native wasted no time scoring her fourth goal of the year to put Ohio State up 1-0. It was the third straight game that a Field turnover right near the opposing team’s net turned into a goal for the Buckeyes.
Goal number two came on the power play. Lauren Boyle passed it off to Jessica Dunne, who blasted a shot from the point that bounced right off the goalie’s pads. Freiburger, in the perfect position to bury the rebound, netted her fourth goal of the season to extend the lead to 2-0. Boyle and Dunne were credited with much-deserved assists.
“I think we had a good jump in the first,” Muzerall said of her team’s play in the first period. “We capitalized on our hard press in the first half of the first period, scored a couple of goals. We finally scored a power play goal; we’ve been struggling there so we can take some pride in scoring one tonight. We started to get a little slower as the game went on, Bemidji did a great job pressing but we found a way to win.”
Bemidji State’s goal came on the power play late in the first period to halve the Buckeyes’ lead. It was the first power play goal allowed by Ohio State since Oct. 15, a stretch that featured 36 straight penalties killed.
Though the Beavers got a lot of shots on net tonight, OSU skaters blocked a lot as well; 25 shots were altered by Buckeyes, the fifth game of the season with 20 or more blocked shots. Dani Sadek led the way with six blocks, followed by Lauren Spring with five and both Jincy Dunne and Jessica Dunne, who had four apiece.
“It’s those little things that matter, that we all take pride in,” Muzerall said. “It’s not just about scoring a goal, but it’s about how we win the game.”
Ohio State and Bemidji State return to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, at 3:07 p.m. For fans planning on attending the game: please be aware that the National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory that will remain in effect through 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Please travel safely to and from OSU Ice Rink.