|1st||15:49||OSU||1-0||PP GW||Maddy Field (6)||Emma Maltais/7, Jincy Dunne/4|
|2nd||1:13||OSU||2-0||EV||Julianna Iafallo (4)||Jacyn Reeves/2, Lauren Boyle/2|
|2nd||11:08||OSU||3-0||EV||Julianna Iafallo (5)||Maddy Field/4, Jacyn Reeves/3|
|3rd||15:58||OSU||4-0||EV EN||Emma Maltais (5)||Elise Riemenschneider/2, Jincy Dunne/5|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||9||12||26|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (7-0-1)||1/2||3/6||0|
|St. Cloud State (1-5-0)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauvé (W, 7-0-1)||59:25||0||5||9||12||26|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (L, 1-2-0)||59:18||3||8||10||9||27|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - For the second straight day, the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (1-5-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) was unable to break through offensively and suffered a second consecutive shutout setback, 4-0, to No. 4 Ohio State (7-0-1, 5-0-1 WCHA) on Saturday.
The loss marks the fourth straight time the Huskies have been shutout and the fifth time, overall, this season. SCSU was frustrated all weekend by Buckeyes redshirt junior goalkeeper Kassidy Sauve, the WCHA Preseason Player of the Year, who turned away 26 shots in Saturday's game and 52 total in the series.
"She's an All-American goalie and had an exceptional weekend for them," head coach Eric Rud said of Sauve. "But you have to find ways to get one through and break the seal. We were close to making a few plays and now it is time to fine tune that end result."
When the puck is not going in the net, it wears on players and creates a tendency to play too cute or too precise in hopes of curing the drought. The Huskies had their fair share of chances in the series, especially off of the rush and down below the goal line, but were stifled by Sauve and hampered by their still-developing offensive instincts.
"When you're struggling to score goals, a lot of times you're brain tells you it has to be a pretty goal instead of just getting it and getting off your stick as quick as you can," Rud said. "When you do that, you might not score but it might create a rebound."
After battling to a manageable 1-0 deficit after the opening 20 minutes, the middle stanza did St. Cloud State in for the second time in the series. Ohio State converted a pair of well-set up chances in the second period to increase its lead to three before adding an empty netter with just over four minutes left in the third to round out its scoring.
"We have to limit their opportunities," Rud said. "But we knew coming into the season that with a lot of new faces and new defensemen we were going to give up a lot of opportunities as we learn how to play as a team."
After falling behind, the SCSU attack stepped up in the game's middle stages, charting 21 of their 26 shots over the final 40 minutes. The difference on Saturday, and in the series, was the Buckeyes capitalized on their chances while the Huskies, whose finishing ability is still a work in progress, did not. But SCSU is creating more and more opportunities with each passing contest, which offers optimism for Rud and his staff as their team continues to take the steps forward it needs to.
"I liked our team this weekend. I thought we did a lot of good things," he said. "Ohio State is on a roll right now and we're not, but we showed a lot things that lead us to believe that we can get on a roll at some point this season."
Senior forward Alyssa Erickson paced the Huskies with six shots on goal. She and her linemates, sophomore forwards Hannah Potrykus and Hallie Theodosopoulos led the way, offensively, with a combined 11 chances on target.
Up next for St. Cloud State is a four-game WCHA road swing, which begins next weekend at Minnesota State. SCSU will meet the Mavericks on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 for a pair of 2:07 p.m. starts.