COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team used a smothering defensive effort and a pair of goals from Madison Field to beat the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, 3-1, on Friday night in the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
- The Buckeyes found themselves in a hole in the first period after Jalyn Elmes found the back of the net to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 at the 6:22 mark of the period.
- Field wasted no time in evening things up as she blasted a shot past Maddie Rooney to knot it up at 1-1 just 1:24 later.
- Emma Maltais got in on the scoring in the second period as she netted her seventh goal of the year to make it 2-1 Ohio State.
- In the waning moments of second Field struck again, her ninth of the year, to put the Buckeyes comfortably in front 3-1.
- Duluth tried to get the offense going in the third, but Ohio State held the Bulldogs to only eight shots-on-goal in the final period to secure the 3-1 one.
- For the game OSU outshot UMD 45-to-28.
- Maltais also notched an assist in the game, tying her with Field with a game-high two points. Liz Schepers, Sara Saekkinen, Tatum Skaggs, Sophie Jaques and Jincy Dunne also tallied assists.
- Goaltender Andrea Braendli finished with 27 saves on the evening.
Minnesota Duluth drew first blood in the game with the Elmes goal, but the Buckeyes responded quickly with Field's first goal of the game. The teams went into the locker room tied at 1-1, but OSU held a 20-to-11 SOG advantage, and that chasm would only grow as the game went on.
Maltais continued to prove why she's one of the best players in the country, capitalizing on a power play opportunity to extend the Ohio State lead, 2-1. With less than two minutes to play in the period Field added her second of the game, and 52nd of her career, to put the Buckeyes firmly ahead 3-1.
The Ohio State defense was relentless in the final frame, only allowing eight shots to enter Braendli's zone, and the goaltender stopped all of them to secure the 3-1 win.
The Buckeyes hit the ice looking for a sweep tomorrow when they wrap up this series with the Bulldogs. Puck drop is set for 1:07 at the OSU Ice Rink.