Nov. 9, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— After three straight weekends at home, Ohio State (5-6-1, 1-6-1 WCHA) hits the road for a two-game set at St. Cloud State (3-6-1, 2-5-1 WCHA) to take on the Huskies.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes took a break from WCHA play last weekend to host Lindenwood and came away with two shutout victories: 4-0 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. It was the first time OSU did not allow a goal over the course of a weekend series since Jan. 3-4, 2014 against Penn State
In net Kassidy Sauve posted her second shutout of the season, stopping all 32 shots Lindenwood sent her way. Ohio State also continued blocking shots at a good clip, standing in the way of 18 on the night. Jincy Dunne, Boyle, Sadek, and Jessica Dunne each had three.
Saturday’s win was highlighted by Lauren Boyle’s hat trick. She scored twice in the first period, including a power play goal, and sealed the deal with an empty netter at the end.
Overall 11 different Buckeyes assisted on goals over the weekend and five found the back of the net.
Three former Ohio State women’s hockey players competed at the 2016 Four Nations Cup, which began on Nov. 1 and ran through Nov. 5 in Vierumäki, Finland. Team Canada featured former Buckeye forward Natalie Spooner (2009-12), Team Sweden had defenseman Annie Svedin (2010-14), and the Team Finland brought former defenseman Minttu Tuominen (2010-2013) to the ice.
In four games, Spooner tallied one goal and two assists and was +2 during the tournament. Both Svedin and Tuominen appeared in all four games for their respective countries. Team USA claimed its seventh Four Nations Cup Championship with a 5-3 win over Canada.
Held every year since 1996, the Four Nations Cup brings together the top four women’s hockey countries in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States – for an international tournament.
“To have your third or fourth liners and some sixth or seventh ranked D putting the puck in the net is crucial so you’re not always relying on a certain few girls. So to have the depth of the team scoring, we’ll take that as well.” – head coach Nadine Muzerall after multiple Buckeyes appeared on the box score for the first time this season on Friday.
“That was huge for us. Sauve has been outstanding the entire season, so to give her something like this in return is really big for us, it’s a huge thank you.” –Lauren Boyle on the defense helping post two straight shutouts.
Goals: Maddy Field (5)
Assists: Lauren Spring (6)
SOG: Field (42)
Single-game goals: Boyle (3, Nov. 5 vs. Lindenwood)
Single-game assists: Jincy Dunne (2, Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota Duluth)
Single-game saves: Kassidy Sauve (55, Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota)
About the Huskies
Currently sitting in fifth place in the WCHA, St. Cloud State holds a record of 3-6-1 (2-5-1 WCHA). Its wins have come against conference foes Minnesota State and North Dakota, as well as a win against non-conference opponent Merrimack. They’re coming off a bye week, but prior to that were swept by Minnesota.
The Huskies are led offensively by sophomore Julia Tylke and her eight points (six goals, two assists). Alyssa Erickson and Lauren Hespenheide each have four points as well. In goal it has mostly been freshman Janine Alder; she has started six of the team’s 10 games, holding a record of 3-3-1. As a squad, St. Cloud State has been outscored 29-16 on the season, including 14-5 in third periods.