6th ranked Ohio State women's hockey completes sweep of #1 Wisconsin, 3-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team used a 3-1 win to sweep the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers for the first time in nearly eight years on Saturday afternoon in the OSU Ice Rink.
Coming into the weekend the Buckeyes (19-7-4, 12-4-4 WCHA) had swept the Badgers only once before in program history, back in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs February 26-27, 2010. Kassidy Sauvé had another huge game in net for OSU, making 34 saves and limiting one of the most potent offenses in the nation to one goal on the weekend.
The first period saw both teams come out aggressive as each squad wanted to take control early. The Badgers drew first blood with a goal Alexis Mauermann only 4:30 into the game. Just when it looked like Ohio State might have left everything it had on the ice in Friday’s win, the women went into shutdown mode to prevent any further damage. Wisconsin took a 13-to-7 shots-on-goal advantage and a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
The goal didn’t come 15 seconds into the period, but just like in Friday's game Emma Maltais once again opened the scoring for the Buckeyes in the second when she netted an equalizer just over 13 minutes into the period. Tatum Skaggs and Jincy Dunne earned the assists on the tying goal. The Badgers once again out-shot OSU, 11-to-6, but couldn’t convert any of those shots into goals as the teams went to the third tied at 1-1.
Ohio State took over in the third, with Charly Dahlquist netting her sixth goal of the year to put the Buckeyes up 2-1 with a little over 17 minutes to play. From there the ice sheet turned into a battleground, as Wisconsin desperately tried to even things up. With just under a minute in the game the Badger’s goaltender Kristen Campbell came off to bring on an extra attacker, but that empty net sealed their doom as Skaggs stole the puck and dumped it into the net to seal the 3-1 win.
“The girls absolutely earned and deserved this win,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “These girls were going to play through anything today, you could tell they wanted this sweep more than anything. The women played with a lot of heart, and showed how relentless they can be. This is a huge moment for us as a team, and as a program. We’re going to enjoy this tonight, and we’re going to hit the ice for practice on Monday knowing that we can play with anyone in the country.”
Skaggs finished with a game-high three points from her goal and two assists. The rookie leads the WCHA with 19 goals. Maltais tallied two points herself, extending her WCHA leading point total to 36. Sauvé’s 34 saves moved her into second place in program history for saves, now just seven away from passing Chelsea Knapp’s 2,421. With the win, the Buckeyes extended their home winning streak to seven games, a new program record.
Ohio State hits the road next weekend for a WCHA series at Minnesota State. The series opener is set for 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday.