COLUMBUS, Ohio - Andrea Braendli stopped all 28 shots she faced as the No. 10 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team (20-12-2, 12-10-2-2 WCHA) defeated the Minnesota State Mavericks (9-19-7, 3-16-5 WCHA) by a score of 3-0 on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
Coach Muzerall on the Game
"I challenged the girls to play intelligently in the defensive zone, it's tough sometimes when you have so much momentum offensively and you get hemmed into your defensive zone for a minute or so, you have to be disciplined when that happens. I thought our work ethic on our back-check was good and everybody appreciated it all over the ice tonight."
The Nitty Gritty
- After not getting a power-play opportunity in all of Friday's game, the Buckeyes drew a penalty at the 1:37 mark of the first and Charly Dahlquist wasted little time in giving the Bucks the lead, converting on the power play to make it 1-0 at the 2:04 point of the first.
- Things settled into the goaltending battle some expected after the early goal with neither team scoring for over 44 minutes of game time. Braendli continued her stellar play, notching 18 saves through the first two period. MSU goaltender Abigail Levy had her work cut out for her, but she kept the Buckeyes from extending their lead until late in the third.
- As OSU continued to fire away it was finally Jacyn Reeves that broke through, firing one that pinged off the inside of the crossbar and into the Minnesota State net to make it 2-0 Buckeyes with 3:30 left in the game.
- With the Mavericks on a power play, and an empty net, it was Jincy Dunne flinging a puck with extreme accuracy, notching the third goal with 38 seconds remaining and putting the icing on the cake.
- Dunne, Reeves, Liz Schepers and Lauren Boyle notched assists for the Buckeyes in the game.
- Braendli finished with 28 saves, earning her sixth shutout of the season, the second highest total in the WCHA. That ties the third highest total for any Buckeye goaltender in a season.
- Tonight's win is the 20th of the year for the Buckeyes, marking the first time in program history where the Bucks have notched back-to-back 20 win seasons after last year's 24-win campaign.
Ohio State drew first blood with Dahlquist's power-play-goal at the 2:04 mark of the first. The Buckeyes controlled the puck for most of the first period, out-shooting the Mavericks 13-to-6 in the opening frame as OSU took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Scoring opportunities were plentiful in the second with the Buckeyes putting 16 shots-on-goal and MSU notching 12 SOG itself, but the second period was a goaltending showcase as neither goalie yielded any ground in the period.
For the first time this weekend Minnesota State out-shot the Buckeyes in a period, putting 10 SOG compared to Ohio State's nine, but both goals scored in the period came from the Scarlet and Gray with Reeves driving to the net and firing one past Levy, and Dunne putting the game away with an empty netter to seal the 3-0 win.
The Buckeyes are headed back to the WCHA Final Faceoff next weekend in Minneapolis. Ohio State faces a familiar foe when it arrives in the Twin Cities as the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers await. Puck drop for the WCHA Final Faceoff Semifinal game is set for 6:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 9.