Women’s Hockey Reaches New Heights, Headed To Frozen Four
It’s safe to say Ohio State once again is finding success during the winter sports season.
The women’s basketball team and wrestling squad captured Big Ten titles on the same day, the indoor track team is flourishing, the surprising accomplishments of Chris Holtmann’s men’s basketball outfit have been nationally noteworthy, etc.
And on Saturday, a day when the OSU men’s ice hockey team downed rival Michigan in overtime, 3-2, to advance to the Big Ten Tournament final, the women’s hockey squad was reaching new heights.
Behind the excellence of goaltender Kassidy Sauvé, who notched 38 saves, Ohio State shut out the Boston College Eagles, 2-0, to advance to the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four for the first time in program history.
The Buckeyes (24-10-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) held a significant shots-on-goal advantage for most of the game, outshooting the Eagles 32 to 15 through the first two periods.
During a scoreless first period, OSU logged 17 shots on goal – and the dam broke soon after. Lauren Boyle netted the first NCAA Tournament goal in program history to give OSU a 1-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the second. The shots continued to pile up for the Buckeyes, but the team couldn’t add to its lead, taking a 1-0 advantage into the third.
The Eagles came out firing in the third, tallying 23 SOG in the period. Sauvé, returning to action after missing the last two weekends, made several spectacular saves to keep BC out of the net. With less than five minutes to play Maddy Field lit the lamp to put the icing on the game for Ohio State, sealing the 2-0 win and a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four.
“Our girls were poised when it mattered today,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said after the game. “Kassidy played huge in the third when we needed her to. The ladies are ecstatic right now, they know what’s at stake next weekend, but right now we’re going to enjoy this.”
Boyle and Field finished with a goal each. Julianna Iafallo tallied assists on both goals, while Dani Sadek notched an assist on Boyle’s goal. With the win Sauvé is now tied for most wins for a goalie in program history with 42. She already held the single-season, and all-time records for shutouts, which now sit at 10 and 22, respectively.
The Buckeyes hit the road for Minneapolis next weekend to play in the Frozen Four where they’ll face the No. 1 overall seed Clarkson in the NCAA semifinal.