NCAA women's hockey: Ohio State knocks off No. 1 Wisconsin for first time since 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team used a monumental performance from Kassidy Sauvé and a huge second period to shutout the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers, 1-0, handing them their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association loss of the season on Friday night in the OSU Ice Rink.
This is the first win for the Buckeyes (18-7-4, 11-4-4 WCHA) over Wisconsin since February 14, 2015. It’s also the eight shutout of the season for OSU, tying the program record set by the 2000-01 team. Sauvé has accounted for all eight shutouts, tying her with April Stojak of the 2000-01 team for the single-season goaltender shutout record.
In the first period, it looked as if the Buckeyes were destined to repeat what happened in their 7-0 series opening loss at Wisconsin from earlier in the season. The Badgers put 12 shots-on-goal to OSU’s two. Even though none found the back of the net, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before the Badgers took the game over.
Instead, Ohio State came out on fire in the second. Emma Maltais wasted no time in putting OSU in front, scoring just 15 seconds into the period to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. The pressure never let up in the middle frame as the Scarlet and Gray put 21 shots on net, making Wisconsin’s Kristen Campbell cover every inch of the net. When the dust settled on the period, the Buckeyes took a 21-14 SOG advantage and a 1-0 lead into the third.
Wisconsin responded as you expect the top team in the nation to do. The Badgers fired 12 shots directly at Sauvé in the third, but the reigning WCHA Goaltender of the Month stood tall, ensuring the clean sheet. OSU protected the puck and put four shots on frame themselves, but the Buckeyes wouldn’t need any insurance as they held on to win 1-0.
“I want the girls to enjoy this moment, they’ve earned it,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We pressed them hard in practice this week because we felt like last weekend should’ve went better. Tonight is a testament to their character to see how they responded after last weekend’s results. They had to play relentless to pull off this win, and I’m incredibly proud of everyone on this team.”
The Buckeyes finished with a 27-26 SOG advantage, marking only the second time this season that Wisconsin has been outshot by an opponent. Tatum Skaggs and Dani Sadek tallied assists on the Maltais goal. Maltais led the team in SOG with six, while Maddy Field was right behind her with five.
Ohio State now looks to finish strong as it wraps up the series with Wisconsin tomorrow. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:07 at the OSU Ice Rink.