Final Score From Saturday, October 6th
Ohio State 2
Roles & Result Reversed; Raiders Earn SplitSaturday it was the Buckeyes' turn to control the first period and grab the early lead. Unfortunately it was the Raiders' turn to take over in the 2nd Period and secure the win.
I'll agree with Coach Muzz and '86 that Ohio State took the foot off the gas. But credit also goes to Colgate for making adjustments and finding a higher gear. In the first period the Buckeye forecheck was smothering. From the second period on, it was much tougher to get the forecheck established. In the first period, the Buckeyes won face-offs seemingly at will. The Raiders got much stronger in the circle from the second period forward. Buckeye odd man rushes dwindled as the game went on. Rarely were the Raiders caught up ice, out of position.
Fun series. Perhaps a split was an equitable result. Maybe we'll get a chance to play Game 3 in the post-season.
Be that as it may, I give both coaching staffs a ton of credit for scheduling these games. Of course the fans benefit from such match-ups. But I believe the teams also benefit from playing such high caliber competition in non-conference play.
Three Stars Of The Game: Decidedly Unofficial & Just For Fun
Ohio State Honorable Mention: (tie)Madison Field and Jacyn Reeves
After Colgate gained control, the Buckeyes did ramp up the pressure on the Raider defense. On this day the comeback wasn't meant to be. But Field & Reeves led the charge with 6 Shots apiece.
Colgate Honorable Mention: (tie)Delani Mackay, Malia Schneider and Jessie Eldridge
This trio of Raiders combined to score the only PP Goal of the entire weekend. Jessie fed Malia at the point; Malia sent a fine blast toward the net. Delani either got the tip, or provided a valuable screen in the slot. Or both. The puck definitely changed directions; we'll give Delani the tip. This one tied the score; it was a huge moment in the game.
#3 Star: Shae Labbe, Colgate
As with Friday's game, it was tough to pick out individual stars from the dangerous Raider offense. But as the player with both the GWG and the Empty-Netter that sealed the deal, Shae is an excellent representative. 8 shots and a +2 rating for the game bolster Labbe's case.
#2 Star: (tie) Emma Maltais, Ohio State; and Tatum Skaggs, Ohio State
The offensive highlight of the game was a dynamic 2 on 1 rush executed by Emma & Tatum. This time Emma did the heavy lifting, carrying the puck across zones and through traffic. Tatum put herself in perfect position and a received a perfect cross-slot pass. The tap-in was the icing on the cake.
#1 Star: Olivia Zafuto, Colgate
Ultimately we have to give the Raider defense credit for shutting down the Buckeye offense for the final 40 minutes. Olivia played a very strong game, as evidenced by her 4 blocked shots and a +2 rating.
Zafuto also landed on the scoresheet by assisting on the first Colgate goal. Her defensive zone clearing attempt was partially blocked. But it was good enough to spring Nemo Neubauerova on the rush that broke the ice for the Raiders.
Up Next: Another Home Series; Another Football Saturday. The Buckeyes Open The WCHA Schedule; Minnesota State Provides The Opposition.