COLUMBUS, Ohio - Madison Field played the role of hero on Saturday, netting the game winner and tallying an assist for the Ohio State University women's ice hockey team to lift them over the Minnesota State Mavericks, 2-1, in overtime at the OSU Ice Rink
The Nitty Gritty
- Liz Schepers wasted no time putting the Buckeyes on the board, finding the back of the net just 1:21 into the game.
- Minnesota State responded in the second with a goal from Tristen Truax, the first Maverick goal of the weekend, to tie it at 1-1 with 12:22 left in the middle frame.
- After being outshot through the first two periods, 28-to-20, Ohio State came to life in the third and put 20 shots-on-goal compared to the four from MSU. Unfortunately, none of those shots went in and the teams went to overtime knotted up at 1-1.
- With time winding down in OT Field took a pass from Emma Maltais and fired into the back of the net to secure the win, and the sweep for the Buckeyes.
- Goaltender Andrea Braendli put on another stellar performance, stopping 33 of the 34 shots she faced. The rookie finished the weekend with 55 saves and a .048 goals-against-average.
- Field tallied an assist on the Schepers goal in the first period to finish the contest with a game high two points.
- Maltais, Charly Dahlquist and Gabby Rosenthal also notched assists for the Buckeyes in the win.
- The Buckeyes finished with a 44-to-34 SOG advantage, thanks in part to the 20 SOG third period.
Ohio State came out on fire early in the game, pressing hard and breaking through less than 90 seconds into the game with Schepers third goal of the season. The Mavericks proved that they had come to play, slowing down the OSU attack for the rest of the period. The teams went into the intermission with 10 SOG each, but the Bucks had the 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes spent a large chunk of the second period on the penalty kill as they were called for five penalties in the period. Though the PK continued to hold firm, the Mavericks scored in the ensuing moments after the first penalty expired to tie the game at 1-1. Minnesota State outshot the Buckeyes for the first time all weekend in the second, putting 18 SOG compared to 10 for OSU.
Ohio State clearly did not want to head to overtime as the Bucks put 20 SOG in the period, while holding MSU to four. None of those shots slipped past Minnesota State goaltender Abigail Levy though, and the teams went to OT tied at 1-1.
In the five minute overtime period OSU put four SOG, with the last one being the most important one. Field took a pass from the charging Maltais and fired the puck into the back of the net, securing the 2-1 win and sweep for OSU.
Ohio State heads to the land of 10,000 lakes for a top five matchup with the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 8:07 p.m. ET in Ridder Arena.