ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 9/8-ranked Ohio State women’s ice hockey team put up four goals in the second period to sweep the St. Cloud State Huskies Saturday afternoon 6-2. With the win, Ohio State improves to 4-0 (2-0 WCHA) and St. Cloud dips to 0-2 (0-2 WCHA). Ohio State kept up the trend of scoring early and often against St. Cloud as junior Tatum Skaggs opened scoring in the fifth minute and four different Buckeyes lit the lamp in the contest.
“I’m very proud of the girls efforts, especially scoring from numerous people this weekend to illustrate the depth that we have,” Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “It’s tough when you’re outplaying an opponent and getting shots and not being rewarded with the goals, so it was nice to see that we can showcase that we could score.”
The Nitty Gritty
Ohio State 6, St. Cloud State 2
Ohio State once again opened scoring early against the Huskies as Skaggs picked off a pass in the neutral zone and walked it in for the long breakaway goal. It marks her first of the season. Shortly after, Skaggs was sent to the box for holding but special teams held strong to go 8-8 this season. At the end of the first the Buckeyes out shot the Huskies 14-6 and Andrea Braendli tallied six saves.
The Buckeyes opened scoring in the sixth minute of the second period as Saekkinen netted one past Emma Polusny for her first of the year and third of her career. Saekkinen’s goal was assisted by Eve Savander and Sophie Jaques. Less than a minute later, redshirt defender Jincy Dunne broke up a potential Husky breakaway and found Skaggs up ice for another one-on-one with Polusny. Skaggs converted for her second of the game.
The Buckeyes kept up the second period momentum as freshman Brooke Bink tallied her first career goal in the 12th minute of play. To round out the second period scoring, Eve Savander had a chance to make her mark on the score sheet and notched her first career goal with four minutes left in the period.
The Huskies put up a fight in the third and notched their first goal of the contest just seconds after Liz Schepers was released from the penalty box for a slashing call. The even-strength goal came in the seventh minute. Just over the halfway mark in the period, Saekkinen doubled her career goals off a shot from inside the blue line to put the Bucks up 6-1. With time winding down for St. Cloud, Brooke Kudirka scored her third goal of the year to give the Huskies their final point of the day. The score held at 6-2 to give Ohio State the conference sweep.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to host defending National Champions, Wisconsin Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. Friday and 3:07 p.m. Saturday.