BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team put up a pair of first period goals Saturday afternoon to complete the conference sweep against Bemidji State, 3-1. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 7-3-2 (5-3-2 WCHA) and the Beavers dip to 3-6-1 (2-4-0 WCHA).
“I think our conditioning came into play today,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We were all over them and held them to only eight shots through 40 minutes of hockey, so that’s quite impressive that we did that. We just knew the urgency and the importance of getting the sweep on the road.”
Ohio State 3, Bemidji 1
Ohio State took control of the first period, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes. In the 11th minute, the Beavers were called for cross-checking and the Buckeyes took full advantage of the player advantage as Tatum Skaggs converted for the 1-0 lead just 26 seconds later. Just over four minutes later, Emma Maltais connected with Liz Schepers who notched the second Buckeye goal. With an assist on both goals, Maltais tallied her 100th career point. Ohio State outshot Bemidji 13-3 in the first.
The score held at 2-0 in Ohio State’s favor through the second period of play in Bemidji. The Buckeyes held the Beavers to five shots while Ohio State got off 11 of its own, led by Schepers with three. At the end of two, junior goaltender Lynsey Wallace recorded eight saves including a back-to-back sequence to end the period.
The Buckeyes opened the final period on the penalty kill as Maltais was sent off late in the second for tripping. Ohio State made the most of the situation as Gabby Rosenthal connected with Maltais as she stepped out of the box and sent her in for the half-ice breakaway. Maltais buried her shot past Bench just eight seconds after the penalty expired for her 101st career point. In the eighth minute the Beavers tallied their lone goal of the game from Abby Halluska. The score held at 3-1 and Ohio State clinched its second weekend win to complete the conference sweep.