COLUMBUS, Ohio - Less than a minute remained in overtime, but Emma Maltais found herself in the right place at the right time to score the game winner and propel The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team over the Mercyhurst University Lakers, 2-1, on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
- Neither team found the back of the net in the opening period, but the Buckeyes led the Lakers in shots-on-goal, 15-to-8.
- As time ticked away in the second OSU struck first when Rebecca Freiburger deposited the puck into the MU net, sending the Bucks into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
- The Buckeyes continued to press in the third, but it was Mercyhurst lighting the lamp in the third frame as Alexa Vasko snuck one past OSU goaltender Andrea Braendli to tie the game at 1-1 and force a five-minute overtime.
- The Lakers controlled the puck in the opening moments of the OT period, but as the period neared a conclusion, the Buckeyes took control. Charly Dahlquist and Tatum Skaggs fired away at Mercyhurst goaltender Kennedy Blair, and Emma Maltais finished things off with the game winner to give the Bucks a 2-1 win.
- Dahlquist, Skaggs, Liz Schepers and Sophie Jaques all tallied assists in the game. Braendli finished with 19 saves.
Defense and goaltending were the name of the game in the first as both teams went scoreless. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers 15-to-8. Freiburger, Maltais, Jaques, Paetyn Levis and Jincy Dunne all had two shots each in the opening period.
The defenses continued to shine through most of the second period, with the lone goal coming at the 15:06 point. Freiburger scored her second of the season to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 heading into the third, and OSU took a 25-to-12 SOG advantage into the final period of regulation.
Mercyhurst knew it had to make a move in the third, and it did just that. MU outshot OSU 7-to-6 in the third, and Vasko's goal came at the perfect time to push the game to OT.
The Lakers controlled the opening faceoff and held on to the puck through the opening minutes of overtime. A Buckeye penalty opened the door for MU to take advantage, but the penalty kill unit smothered Mercyhurst, only allowing one SOG in OT. After regaining control of the puck Dahlquist, Skaggs and Maltais attacked like a pack of hungry dogs, with Maltais being the one to come away with the game winner.
The Buckeyes hit the ice for the last time in 2018 tomorrow when they wrap up this series with the Lakers. Puck drop is set for 1:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.