COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team rallied after falling behind early to defeat the St. Cloud State University Huskies 3-2 on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
- The Buckeyes found themselves in a hole late in the first period after Julia Tylke found the back of the net to put SCSU up 1-0.
- Just 14 seconds later Jenniina Nylund added to the St. Cloud lead with a goal of her own, sending Ohio State into the locker room down 2-0.
- From there it was all OSU as Emma Maltais scored her fifth goal of the season to cut into the St. Cloud lead.
- Later in the second Madison Field evened things up with her fourth goal of the year at the 18:42 mark of the second.
- With less than 10 minutes to play Field scored her fifth goal of the year, and her fourth game winning goal of the season, to give Ohio State the 3-2 lead.
- The Huskies pulled their goaltender with less than three to play, but the OSU defense stood tall to secure the 3-2 win.
- Jacyn Reeves, Charly Dahlquist, Madison Bizal, Sara Saekkinen, Liz Schepers and Maltais all tallied assists in the game.
The Buckeyes came out strong early in the first and put 16 shots-on-goal, but could not convert any of those into goals. St. Cloud scored two quick goals near the end of the period to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Ohio State kept plugging away in the second, adding 12 more SOG. Maltais got things started after playing a puck from Reeves and burying it into the back of the net at the 12:44 point of the period. Always in the right place at the right time, Field knotted things up late in the period after Maltais fed her the puck near the St. Cloud goaltender, sending the game into the third tied at 2-2.
The Buckeyes came out in the third looking to end things in regulation and threw 17 SOG, but all they'd need is one. That golden goal came from Field, her fourth game winning goal of the year, with less than 10 minutes to play. From there OSU locked down the Huskies to get the 3-2 win. Ohio State goaltender Andrea Braendli finished with 18 saves.
The Buckeyes hit the ice tomorrow looking for a sweep. Puck drop for the series finale is set for 3:07 p.m. on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.