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If Union Can Do It So Can CCT (One of These Years)
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.
12:00 Noon. Lunch is being served over on the WCHA thread.
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.
Ohio State gutted out a 2-1 win in Erie tonight against a game Mercyhurst Laker squad intent on protecting home ice. The Lakers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Sarah Hine in the first period and that is how the period ended. The Buckeyes came back with single tallies in the second and third periods from Maddy Field and Liz Schepers. Schepers scored the game-winner with 1:09 left in the game. Ohio State outshot the Lakers 29-20. Laker goalie Kennedy Blair stopped 27 of the 29 shots she faced. Ohio State's Kassidy Sauve saved 19 of the 20 shots she faced. The two teams are back at it tomorrow at the Mercyhurst Ice Center with game time at 2:00.
Appreciate the eyewitness account. Very cool that you made the trip.
This Buckeye team has a knack for finding ways to win. Also very cool.
One more thing on today's game and the season so far ... yes, we lost one today that we should have finished off, but this Buckeye team is setting at 12-4-4 at the break, solidly in the top three of the always-tough WCHA, and I will continue to trust the process. Today, the team lost a game they should have won. They lost one on the road in OT against Robert Morris, who like the Buckeyes, are a top ten team. And the other two losses are against the #1 team in the land, the Wisconsin Badgers, on the road in Madison. I think Coach Nadine said it best today, and I will just copy and paste from the recap on ohiostatebuckeyes.com ... "We’ve played some extraordinary hockey over the first half of the season and I hope the girls don’t lose sight of that. We also have room to improve and grow, and while we’re on our break I hope they recharge while continuing to prepare both mentally and physically for a tough second half of the season schedule.” Our program won 14 games the entire season last year. The year before, they barely cracked double figures with 10 wins, so there is no way I am going to downplay what this program is doing this season over one bad loss. I think the Minnesota fans out there who had the privilege of watching Nadine Muzerall play and coach for the Gophers will back me up on this ... we have a good one here with Coach Nadine, and given the resources and support from the OSU Athletic Department (hopefully a new arena in the near future), she will get the Ohio State Women's Hockey Program to the next level. Today's loss was brutal, but as Coach Nadine said, the girls shouldn't lose sight of the fact that they have played some great hockey in the first half of the season, and as a huge fan of the program, I am certainly not going to lose sight of that. I am already looking forward to the second half of the season! To all my wonderful friends here, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! I also want to wish a wonderful holiday season to our team, coaches, and additional staff that have given us so much to cheer about this season, and also our OSU Women's Hockey Parents! Ok everyone, thanks for hanging with me tonight. I will cut myself off now!
Last edited by osualum86; 12-16-2017 at 11:56 PM.
This is not good for the WCHA & their hopes for 3 Teams in the tournament! Too many losses to teams outside of the WCHA!
"... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling
OSU has tough games after the break as well. Penn State is eventually going to upset somebody, and Robert Morris already has the split with OSU and isnít going to go down lightly. Going 4-0 in those games would (maybe?) help OSUís pairwise picture, but it will be tough.
Regardless, still a great first half for OSU.
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