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    Re: Ohio State Buckeyes 2017-2018 ... Home Playoffs This Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by osualum86 View Post
    I don't know about the rest of you, but I regularly read the 'Wednesday Women' blog. In my Friday night game post, when I used the phrase "silenced the critics," I was not talking about any of you. I was talking about some of these uscho.com writers who continue to act like Ohio State is not for real. Here is an excerpt from this week's Wednesday Women to illustrate this and a nice retort from one of the other writers.

    Candace Horgan: I mentioned Robert Morris earlier. The Colonials split with Ohio State. The Buckeyes have seemed to be fading over the last few weeks, but thatís still an important win for the Colonials. It also actually helps Ohio State in the PairWise comparisons. What did that series tell you about both teams right now?

    Arlan Marttila: Iíve heard that perception from others as well that Ohio State seems to be fading, but Iím not really sure where that comes from. The Buckeyes are almost at the halfway point of the season, and they have just the one loss to a team other than Wisconsin. An overtime loss on the road to a ranked opponent isnít all that ****ing. The toughest portion of the schedule is behind them. A four-week stretch does loom starting on January 12 where they play Robert Morris, Minnesota, UMD, and Wisconsin in succession, but three of those series are in Columbus. Overall, only three of Ohio Stateís remaining nine series are on the road.

    Big shoutout to Arlan for rebutting this continued rhetoric that "Ohio State is fading." 11-3-2 and they're fading. Well, alrighty then!! As Arlan said, two losses to #1 Wisconsin, and a split on the road vs #9 Robert Morris. We had a couple of games in there vs Minnesota State that were closer than some probably expected when Kassidy Sauve was out with an injury, and we had a four-point weekend at Bemidji where we tied, then lost the extra point in a shootout before winning the second game outright. Bottom line, if 11-3-2 is "fading" then dang, I hope we continue "fading" for the rest of the season. Ok, everyone, thank you for putting up with me and letting me vent. I know, I know, act like I have been there before. Well, us OSU fans, we "haven't been there before," so maybe my good friends who are fans of Minnesota and Wisconsin can help me out on that! We have a couple of games this weekend against St. Cloud and I cannot wait to get to the OSU Ice Rink this weekend for those! Need to get six points, need to earn six points. Cannot take the Huskies for granted just because we swept them on the road with two 4-0 shutouts. They will come down here with their 'A' game and we need to bring our 'A' game, too! After the OT loss to RMU Saturday and a subsequently hard week of practices, I am sure our kids will be ready to go. Take care everyone and enjoy a great weekend of Women's Hockey! Talk to you tomorrow night when I get home from the game!!
    Might want to take a valium or two before the games.
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    Re: Ohio State Buckeyes 2017-2018 ... Home Playoffs This Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by vicb View Post
    Might want to take a valium or two before the games.
    Women's hockey could use more enthusiastic fans like osualum86!
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    Re: Ohio State Buckeyes 2017-2018 ... Home Playoffs This Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by vicb View Post
    Might want to take a valium or two before the games.
    LOL, it wasn't at an OSU Women's Hockey game, but at a different sporting event, a buddy of mine asked me if I ever had my blood pressure checked. I told him I do have it checked regularly, and surprisingly, it is normal!

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    Re: Ohio State Buckeyes 2017-2018 ... Home Playoffs This Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Women's hockey could use more enthusiastic fans like osualum86!
    Thanks for the kind words D2D!!

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    Tonight's game needed 65 minutes and it still was not decided so they went into a shootout where the Buckeyes prevailed in the fifth round on a goal by junior forward Grace Zarzecki to earn two points. Give the Huskies credit tonight. They came out firing and went up 2-0 after one period. Ohio State came back with single goals in the second and third periods to tie it, and had chances to win it, but just could not get a third goal past St. Cloud goaltender Janine Alder, at least not until the shootout. From an Ohio State point of view, it was not the Bucks best game. It seemed like this week's aforementioned hard practices (after the loss to RMU in OT last Saturday) took a toll on Ohio State as the girls seemed to not have their legs tonight. Fatigue may have been a factor with the sloppy puck management as well tonight. I don't want to make excuses for tonight's performance or take anything away from the Huskies, it was just what I observed during the game tonight. I have seen a number of games this season where the Buckeyes have played better than they did tonight. Hopefully they get their legs back under them and come out firing tomorrow. Give St. Cloud credit, they were a determined team tonight, and as I alluded to earlier, they brought their game tonight and jumped on the Buckeyes. The Husky goals were scored by Abby Thiessen and former Buckeye Dana Rasmussen. It was really nice to talk to her and her parents after the game. Dana played for the Bucks as a freshman in the 2015-16 season, then transferred to St. Cloud State. Per WCHA rules, she had to sit last season but is seeing plenty of action at forward for the Huskies as a redshirt sophomore this season. After the first two St. Cloud goals, Buckeye netminder Kassidy Sauve shut the door on the Huskies the rest of the night. Ohio State's goals were scored by Tatum Skaggs and Julianna Iafallo. Neither team scored in the overtime period so it went to a shootout. Kassidy Sauve stopped all five St. Cloud shots she faced in the shootout and the Buckeyes' Grace Zarzecki ended it in the 5th round. Ohio State outshot St. Cloud 43-31. Both backstops were pretty staunch tonight with St. Cloud's Janine Alder stopping 41 of the 43 shots she faced and the Buckeyes' Kassidy Sauve stopping 29 of the 31 shots she faced. The teams are back at it tomorrow with game time at 3:07 pm EST.

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    Re: Ohio State Buckeyes 2017-2018 ... Home Playoffs This Season?

    12:00 Noon. Lunch is being served over on the WCHA thread.

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    Another day, another tie for these two teams. Give both teams credit today. The Buckeyes played much better today than they had last night and outshot St. Cloud 41-18 in today's game. Give credit to the St. Cloud defenders and goaltender, Emma Polusny, also, for keeping the Bucks off the scoreboard until the shootout. On the other side of the scoresheet, Buckeye backstop Kassidy Sauve stopped every shot she faced today to add to her school record for shutouts. Not much, really, to talk about with this one, statistically, aside from the shots on goal and the outstanding defense/goaltending on both sides since no one scored in this one. The five-minute overtime period was not enough to decide this one so it went to a shootout where Liv Halvorson was able to get a slapshot by Polusny for the game-winner. St. Cloud will return home with a well-earned two points for their efforts and host #1 Wisconsin next weekend. The #6 Buckeyes are off next weekend, then will head to Erie, PA for a series at Mercyhurst on 12/15 - 12/16 before the Holiday break.

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    Re: Ohio State Buckeyes 2017-2018 ... Home Playoffs This Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by osualum86 View Post
    Another day, another tie for these two teams.
    And perhaps another helping of meatloaf for your post-game meal? The diner is open for business over on the WCHA thread.

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    Re: Ohio State Buckeyes 2017-2018 ... Home Playoffs This Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by pgb-ohio View Post
    And perhaps another helping of meatloaf for your post-game meal? The diner is open for business over on the WCHA thread.
    Meatloaf is alright, but I would prefer chicken, as in "winner, winner, chicken dinner." We dropped down to 7th in the pairwise after tying St. Cloud twice. I am not going to complain too much about a four-point weekend. Unfortunately, the pairwise is not very forgiving with two ties against a team that is ranked 27th.

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