COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team heads to Mankato, Minnesota to face the Minnesota State Mavericks this weekend. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 7:07 p.m. ET on Dec. 1, and the series wraps up with a 3:07 p.m. ET puck drop on Dec. 2.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes got back on track with a sweep of then No. 8 Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 16-17 at the OSU Ice Rink.
Friday’s series opener saw the Bulldogs jump out to a 1-0 lead before Madison Field got on the board to tie things up. Emma Maltais found the back of the net, and Field capped it off with a second goal to secure the 3-1 win. OSU goaltender tallied 27 saves in the win.
Saturday’s contest started in similar fashion with Duluth taking an early 1-0 lead, but this game saw Tatum Skaggs play the role of superstar. The sophomore tied things with a power-play-goal before Sara Saekkinen notched the game winning goal later in the first period. Skaggs added two more goals in the third, notching a hat trick and giving OSU a 4-1 win.
Coach Muzerall’s Weekly Interview
Emma Maltais leads the Buckeyes and the WCHA with 24 points. She ranks first in the conference with 17 assists, 1.50 points-per-game and 1.06 assists-per-game. Her 17 assists are tied for second the nation, and she’s tied for fifth in points nationally.
Madison Field moved into 13th place all-time at Ohio State with three points in the Minnesota Duluth series, pushing her career total to 92 points. She notched her second multi-goal game of the year with a pair of lamp lighters against UMD in the series opener. For the season she ranks third on the team with 14 points from nine goals and five assists.
Jincy Dunne leads all WCHA defensemen with 15 points this year. Her 14 assists rank third overall in the WCHA, and first amongst defensemen.
Charly Dahlquist comes in at fourth on the team with 13 points from six goals and seven assists.
Andrea Braendli ranks third in the WCHA with a .937 save percentage. She’s made 359 saves this season, good for third in the conference.
Tatum Skaggs leads the team and WCHA with 10 goals. She’s tied for eighth in the nation in goals and she tallied the second hat trick of her career against Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 17
Andrea Braendli Interview
Skaggs, Dunne and Braendli Earn WCHA Honors After Duluth Sweep
A trio of Buckeyes brought home WCHA honors after sweeping Minnesota Duluth, with Tatum Skaggs earning WCHA Forward of the Week, Andrea Braendli winning WCHA Rookie of the Week and Jincy Dunne notching second consecutive WCHA Defensemen of the Week award. Skaggs finished the weekend with four points, three of which came from a hat trick in the series finale. Braendli notched a .960 save percentage for the weekend, only allowing two goals in the series. Dunne tallied three assists, tying the NCAA lead for the weekend, while blocking shots throughout the series.
Dunne Selected for USA Hockey Camp
Jincy Dunne earned a spot on the USA Hockey Winter Training Camp Roster, USA Hockey officials announced on Nov. 28. The annual training camp serves as an opportunity to help the top players prepare for upcoming international events, including the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship. The camp takes place Dec. 17-21 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
The Maverick File
Minnesota State is led by standout goaltender Abigail Levy. She leads the conference with a .952 save percentage, and she’s tied for the WCHA lead with four shutouts. Jordan McLaughlin leads the team in points with 10 from two goals and eight assists. Corbin Boyd is right behind her with nine points coming from four goals and five assists. Rebekah Kolstad leads the Mavericks in goals with five, and she comes in at third overall with eight points.
Ohio State comes into the weekend with a 63-13-8 record against Minnesota State, including a sweep of the Mavericks earlier this season in Columbus.
Ohio State controlled the first from the outset, dominating shots-on-goal in the first period 19-to-8, knowing it was only a matter of time before one found the back of the net. The levee finally broke in the second when Charly Dahlquist lit the lamp to give OSU a 1-0 lead. Emma Maltais added a goal later in the second to send the Buckeyes into the final frame with a 2-0 lead. In the third, Lisa Bruno notched the first goal of her career, and Sam Bouley added a goal of her own while goaltender Andrea Braendli stopped all 22 shots she faced to secure the 4-0 shutout.
Liz Schepers wasted no time in the second game, finding the back of the net just 1:21 into the game to give Ohio State the early 1-0 lead. Minnesota State evened things up in the second with a goal from Tristen Truax, the only goal Braendli surrendered in the series. The Buckeyes tried to end things in regulation, putting 20 SOG in the third, but 60 minutes was not enough to settle the score and the teams went to overtime. With 53 seconds left to play in the OT period Madison Field attacked the net, firing a shot into the back of the net to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 win and a WCHA sweep.