Dec. 9, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (8-9-2, 4-9-2 WCHA) opened up its weekend series with No. 1 Wisconsin (16-2-1, 12-2-1-1 WCHA) on Friday evening, falling to the Badgers by a score of 7-0.
Wisconsin scored twice in the first period, four times in the second period, and once in the third period. It was led by Emily Clark’s five points and multi-goal performances by Jenny Ryan and Annie Pankowski.
“At the end of the day the Badgers are the number one team in the country and they’re more skilled than we are,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said after the game. “This will test our character for tomorrow in terms of will we put our head between our legs and feel sorry for ourselves, or do we come back out and fight another day.”
Ohio State’s Kassidy Sauve surrendered six of the seven Badger goals before being relieved by freshman Kaylee Remington. The rookie stopped 15 of the 16 shots that came her way in her second appearance of the season.
“Remy might not play in a lot of games but she battles every day in practice,” Muzerall said of her freshman goaltender. “She’s earned that right to get in there when Sauve has a bad game. She made quite a few nice saves and she didn’t play scared or timid against the number one team in the country. She did what she needed to do and I was impressed with that.”
Wisconsin took an early lead, scoring two goals in the first period. Jenny Ryan scored the first goal 10:47 into the period and Sam Cogan found the back of the net 14:10 into the frame. Ryan’s goal came from a pass across the ice and all it took was a toe drag from the senior to shake her defender and find an open shooting lane. A string of Badger shots led to the second goal; Sauve blocked all but the final shot that came off Cogan’s stick. Wisconsin’s Emily Clark had the lone assist on both Badger goals.
Goals three and four came 13 seconds apart in the early stages of the second period. Pankowski found the back of the net at the 4:40 mark and moments later Clark did the same to quickly put Wisconsin ahead 4-0. The Badgers’ next two goals also came close together; Ryan and Pankowski scored 41 seconds apart to widen their team’s lead to 6-0. Wisconsin would add one more goal 5:21 into the third period to bring the final score to 7-0.
In addition to Remington’s strong play off the bench, Ohio State’s penalty kill continued to live up to its namesake and kill penalties. All four Wisconsin power plays were thwarted by the Buckeyes and the tandem of Sauve and Remington saved all 11 power play shots.
“When you’re down and out in a game like that against a very skilled team, you have to find the little things to take pride in,” Muzerall said when asked about the penalty kill. “Our penalty kill has definitely been very impressive and the girls buy into it. They take a lot of pride in that.”
On the Buckeyes’ side it was Lauren Spring who tested Ann-Renee Desbiens the most, getting three shots on net. She also led the team in blocked shots with five, while Lauren Boyle and Jessica Dunne tallied four and three, respectively.
The Buckeyes and Badgers return to the ice on Saturday at 3:07. The first post-game skate of the season will begin after the game; skate rentals are $3