COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team used a dominant attack to sweep the St. Cloud State University Huskies with a 3-2 win on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
- Ohio State absolutely smothered the Huskies in the opening period, not allowing a shot-on-goal until late in the period, and only allowing three in the opening frame.
- Tatum Skaggs opened the scoring with her seventh goal of the season at the 16:44 mark of the first. She's tied for most goals in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
- Cloud evened things up early in the second as Julia Tylke found the back of the net to make it 1-1.
- That tie would not last long as Madison Field scored her third goal of the weekend, and sixth of the season, to put the Buckeyes up 2-1 just 3:40 into the second.
- Charly Dahlquist added to the lead when she scored a shorthanded goal, the first of her career, to extend the Ohio State lead with 5:31 left to play in the second.
- The Huskies attempted to rally in the third as Hallie Theodosopoulos scored to cut the lead to one, 3-2, with 3:47 left to play, but the Buckeyes survived the furious attack to come away with the win and the sweep.
- Sara Saekkinen tallied an assist for the second consecutive game on the Skaggs goal, while Lisa Bruno earned an apple on the same goal.
- Emma Maltais and Jincy Dunne felt incredibly helpful today as both of them assisted on the Field and Dahlquist goals, finishing with two assists each.
- Ohio State finished the game with a 39-to-19 SOG advantage with most of the damage being done in the second as the Buckeyes put 16 SOG in the period.
The Buckeyes controlled the tempo of the game from the start, not allowing St. Cloud State to put a shot on goal until after the 15:00 mark of the period. The goal from Skaggs put a period on a dominating period for the Buckeyes and sent them into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
St. Cloud wasted no time in tying things up in the second with Tylke's goal, her second of the series, but Field responded almost instantly to put the Buckeyes back up. Ohio State was looking for the knockout blow in the second as it put 16 SOG, eventually finding the game winner in the Dahlquist shorthanded goal. It was the first shorty of her career, and second for OSU in as many weekends.
The Buckeyes played a more defensive game in the third, but still put 12 SOG. The lone goal of the period came from Theodosopoulos as SCSU tried to mount a rally with time winding down, but just like in Friday's opener Ohio State withstood the extra attacker at the end to secure a 3-2 win.
The Buckeyes are on the road next weekend to face the Bemidji State Beavers in a WCHA series. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 4:07 p.m. ET on Friday.