Oct. 28, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State (3-5-1, 1-5-1 WCHA) welcomed the third-ranked team in the country to OSU Ice Rink on Friday, and the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (5-2-2, 4-2-1 WCHA) won 6-0 over the Buckeyes, propelled by four first period goals.
It was also Alumni Night at the game, with many former Ohio State women’s hockey players coming back to Columbus. Each alumni was reintroduced to the crowd in a very well-received ceremony between the first and second period.
The four early goals sunk Ohio State early and are the most it has allowed in a period so far this season. After the first period, head coach Nadine Muzerall opted to bring in freshman goalie Kaylee Remington to relieve Kassidy Sauve. It was the first career appearance for Remington, who was more than ready when her name was called.
“I said to her `how are you feeling? I’m putting you in,'” Muzerall said of the conversation she had with her rookie goalie. “She said `I’ve been waiting for this.’ So she was excited, and she made some really good saves. She stood her ground and did alright.”
Remington performed well in her debut, stopping 20 of the 22 shots she faced, allowing a goal each in the second and third periods. Minnesota Duluth fired off 19 shots in a busy first period, the only one in which Sauve saw action.
“It was unfortunate how it started,” Muzerall said. “We’ve relied heavily on Sauve this season but you can’t do that every game. Sometimes your goalie has an off game.”
The first Bulldog goal came 2:37 into the game to give them an early lead. They’d come back to score two goals in a span of 14 seconds, one at 14:48 and another at 15:02, tripling their lead extremely quickly. The fourth goal came at the 17:18 mark of the first period off the stick of Sydney Brodt, her second of the game.
“Instead of bouncing back and finding that leadership and character we needed, we just flatlined and didn’t show the work ethic we needed.”
For Ohio State it was Maddy Field who tested the UMD goalie the most; her seven shots on net tied for the most from either side. Lauren Boyle took four shots on the night, while fellow defenseman Dani Sadek led the Buckeyes with three blocked shots.
The Buckeyes will look to bounce back tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1:07 in game two of this WCHA series. A reminder to fans planning on attending the game: you will need to park in a day-of-game lot for a $20 fee due to the home football game. A parking map can be found here: http://go.osu.edu/Parking