Iím not sure if the CW teams still play college teams although in the first year of the NW they played some college teams. Iím just not sure what OSU would have to gain from a Furies Buckeyes game, as fun as it would be to watch. I think you might have to wait for an alumni game to see Spooner and Buckeyes again. The NCAA kids would have the benefit of everyday practice but early in the season I think most freshmen would be out matched by a CWHL squad. Next year I will I have to pay more attention when exhibitions are being played, see if the pro teams play the college kids at all.
Pretty amazing the pro leagues exist now, meager as the payouts are. I try to imagine what and where the Olympians played between 1998 and 2002... wow times have changed.
As for this senior class and what theyíve been through with coaching turnover, I feel for them. I am a Mercyhurst fan throughout, but care about womenís hockey on the whole. My hope would be that there are 35 well run programs so that every girl who gets the opportunity to play D1 hockey has a shot at a positive experience. I hope things have improved for the OSU girls in the past two years.
If OSU can hang on and get a final 8 berth, you might get your bus trip, or at least another fun road trip soon. Good luck the rest of the way.
I completely agree with you on every young lady who wants to play D1 having a positive experience! One of our players, Charly Dahlquist, played for North Dakota for her first two years, then had the rug pulled out from under her when they suddenly dropped their women's hockey program. I am very happy that Charly found a home here at Ohio State, but I feel bad that she had to go through that. We also got Peter Elander from North Dakota as one of our assistant coaches. Peter knows the game and has been a wonderful addition to the coaching staff. I can tell you that things have definitely improved for the kids both on and off the ice. The girls really like the coaches and play hard for them, and off the ice, the girls are the best of friends. They all really love each other and are a close-knit group. They play for the coaches and for each other. It has been a special season and I will be sad when it ends. I don't know about a bus trip just yet, but you can bet I have been google mapping some potential destinations to see how far I am going to have to drive to see them. An NCAA Tournament berth is not a given, there is still work to do, but they are definitely headed in the right direction, despite the setback of being swept this past weekend vs UMD. I will admit, I am not 100% sure how the pairwise works, although there was a great discussion about that on this thread recently, but we are still setting in 5th place, so unless something earth-shattering happens, and provided we win the games we are supposed to win and do not stub our toes vs teams we should beat, I think the NCAA Tournament is a very real possibility for this program this season. We'll see. I need to not look too far ahead, but then, as a fan, I am allowed to look ahead. It's the players and coaches who have to take it one game at a time! Well, Lindsay, I need to hit it. Talk to you and all my other friends on here tomorrow!
It's going to be easy to go through the box score tonight because only one goal was scored. In what turned out to be a very exciting game between two of the best teams in the country, the Buckeyes got the game's only goal early in the second period and All-American goaltender Kassidy Sauve made it stand with a 26-save shutout of the #1 Badgers. The game-winning goal was scored by Buckeye freshman forward Emma Maltais. Hats off to Badger netminder Kristen Campbell who stopped 26 of the 27 shots she faced, including an absolute barrage in the second period where Ohio State outshot the Badgers 21-2. The shots on goal ended up almost even in the end at 27-26. Other than that second period, Wisconsin came out firing and outshot the Buckeyes 12-2 in the opening period, then came the second period where Ohio State absolutely dominated. The Badgers came out in the third period and outshot the Buckeyes 12-4 for the final totals of 27-26. According to the recap on ohiostatebuckeyes.com, this was only the second time all season that Wisconsin has been outshot by an opponent. The two teams are back at it tomorrow at 3:07 pm.
What I find hilarious is that this Gopher fan has been saying all year that the Buckeyes are a very real threat. Even when they threw a clinker I have been a bigger fan of the team than some OSU supporters here. Give that program a little more time & there will be fewer clinkers and, yes, there will be final four appearances. I'd love to see you guys in the championship game . . . losing to MN of course but still
UMD is about the same place in development. BSU, SCSU has shown improvement and MSU has had flashes. There are going to be a lot more exciting games in the future and painful losses all around. I would not be surprised to see the WCHA champ with 4-5 losses and a few ties.
CONGRATS TO THE BUCKEYES!
Two special sweeps in 3 weeks time and I imagine some faithful fans that have been posting here thru thick and thin are eating up every minute of it
Way to go Buckeyes!
In what was probably a shocker to some (but not necessarily us OSU fans), the Buckeyes completed the sweep today, beating Wisconsin by a final score of 3-1. In today's game, the Badgers outshot the Buckeyes in every period and ended the game with a 35-20 advantage in shots on goal. Unfortunately for Wisconsin and their fans who traveled to Columbus this weekend, they could only get one of those shots by Kassidy Sauve, who stopped 34 of those 35 shots. Kristen Campbell stopped 17 of the 19 shots she faced as the 20th shot was an empty-netter with 3 seconds to go in the game. Alexis Mauermann opened the scoring in the game and Wisconsin took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Buckeyes were led today by their lethal first line of center Charly Dahlquist and wingers Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs, who accounted for all three goals. Emma Maltais scored the tying goal in the second period and that is how the second period ended. The Bucks came out in the third period and took the lead on a goal by Charly Dahlquist, then Tatum Skaggs scored the empty netter at the end. Wisconsin travels to Duluth to take on the Bulldogs next weekend. The Buckeyes will also head back on the road to take on the Minnesota State Mavericks. With the sweep, Ohio State has pulled back into second place in the WCHA standings.
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Pgb ... LOL, I asked someone tonight if they were on uscho.com, trying to figure out who you are. Maybe next home game. I think you know who I am, but I don't know who you are and it's driving me nuts.
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Oh, you're going to the concession stand? I'll have an order of nachos... a coke... three pretzels... Say, do you post on USCHO?... a bathing cap... a bottle of Old Harper's...
The 3 Stars For Saturday's Game is a work in progress. But if you like, you can read the first installment on the WCHA thread.
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