COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team defeated St. Cloud State, 6-3 Saturday evening. Buckeye fans filled the OSU Ice Rink for senior night as Elise Riemenschneider, Rebecca Freiburger, Olivia Soares and Jincy Dunne were honored prior to the game. In front of a standing room only crowd, the Buckeyes downed the Huskies to complete the conference sweep. Ohio State ends the regular season with a record of 20-8-6 (13-6-5 WCHA). This is the third-straight 20-win season for the Buckeyes and the fourth in program history.
.@OhioStateWHKY had plenty of opportunities to practice their goal celebrations this weekend on their way to sweeping St. Cloud State. #GoBucks
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Emma Maltais on her record breaking performance
Ohio State 6, St. Cloud State 3
Tatum Skaggs and Jenn Gardiner opened scoring for the Buckeyes in the first period of play on senior night. Skaggs netted her goal just 2:16 into the contest on a give-and-go play from Liz Schepers and Emma Maltais. With time winding down in the period, St. Cloud’s Rachel Herzog was booked for hooking and Gardiner went bar down on the man advantage to send the Bucks into the locker room with the 2-0 lead. Ohio State outshot St. Cloud State 17-7 in the first.
The Huskies cut the Buckeye lead just 29 seconds into the middle frame as Hallie Theodosopoulos scored her 12th goal of the season. Ohio State was quick to answer however as Brooke Bink tallied her second goal of the weekend less than two minutes later. With the Buckeyes up 3-1, Gabby Rosenthal scored her fifth power play goal of the season as Klara Hymlarova was in the box for tripping.
In the 19th minute, the home crowd erupted as senior defender Elise Riemenschneider scored her first career goal for the Scarlet and Gray, making it a 5-1 game. Prior to the goal, St. Cloud State’s Taylor Lind was sent off the ice for a game misconduct call and Riemenschneider took the ice for the power play. In addition to Riemenschneider’s first career goal, Emma Maltais assisted the goal and notched her 55th point of the season which sets a new single season point record in the Buckeye record books. It was her fourth assist of the day.
“I have amazing teammates,” said Elise Riemenschneider. “To me it wasn’t about getting a goal, but just playing in the game with my teammates. It’s really humbling to see how hard those girls work to put the puck in the net, because it isn’t easy. I really couldn’t have done it without them.”
Sophie Jaques scored the final Buckeye goal of the night for the Buckeyes as she intercepted a breakout pass and fired off a long-range shot. With the Bucks up 6-1, Olivia Carr scored two goals in the 18th minute to put the final stamp on the game. Ohio State outshot St. Cloud State, 53-28.