Women's ice hockey: Ohio State battles to tie at No. 1 Wisconsin
Madison, Wisc.— Ohio State (2-1-1, 0-1-1 WCHA) held a lead for much of regulation on Saturday, but a late Wisconsin (3-0-1, 3-0-1 WCHA) goal paved the way for a 1-1 tie. The No. 1 Badgers earned the extra point in the standings by winning the shootout 1-0.
The big moment of the game for the Buckeyes came at the 12:09 mark of the first period. Julianna Iafallo notched her first goal of the season to put OSU up 1-0 on the top-ranked team in the nation. The play originated in Ohio State’s own zone; Jessica Dunne dished it out to Dani Sadek behind the OSU goal, who passed it out to Samantha Bouley heading up the ice. Bouley then threaded a pass through the Wisconsin defense that found the stick of Iafallo near center ice. The junior forward made a move on the Wisconsin defender and fired off a shot right over the glove of Ann-Renée Desbiens, ricocheting off the crossbar and into the net.
Buckeye goal! Julianna Iafallo goes bar down and puts Ohio State ahead 1-0!— Ohio State W Hockey (@OhioState_WHKY) October 8, 2016
The Badgers would eventually respond, but not until the final moments of regulation. With 1:54 left on the clock and on the power play, UW’s Sam Cogan corralled a loose puck in front of the net and stuffed in the tying goal.
After neither team managed a goal in overtime it was off to a shootout, where Wisconsin found the back of the net once and Ohio State not at all. The 1-1 tie will give both squads a point in the WCHA standings, while UW will pick up an extra point thanks to the shootout win.
Goaltender Kassidy Sauve had another good outing, making 37 saves against a strong Wisconsin offense, allowing just the one regulation goal. The Badgers scored 10 total goals their first weekend and are currently the second-highest scoring team in the nation. The importance of her play today was magnified by the fact that the Ohio State offense generated a season-low six shots.
On the defensive end, the Buckeyes blocked a whopping 26 shots. Jincy Dunne got in the way of five shots, while Sadek and Jessica Dunne blocked four and three, respectively. In total nine Buckeye skaters blocked multiple shots today.