Final Score From Saturday, November 3rd
Ohio State 3
St. Cloud State 2
Buckeyes Stay The Course, Complete The Sweep
Same Strategies. Same Storm Clouds. Same Buckeye Hands On Deck. Same Final Score. But A Rather Different Voyage.
The Buckeyes again outshot the Huskies by a fair margin. But this time no comeback was needed; Ohio State never trailed. The biggest storm squall came near the end of the game. OSU took a 4 on 4 situation a bit too casually, allowing SCSU to climb back to within a single goal. From there, a furious St. Cloud rally narrowly missed tying the game.
But once again the Buckeyes successfully reached port.
Three Stars Of The Game: Decidedly Unofficial & Just For Fun
St. Cloud State Honorable Mention: Julia Tylke
It's fair to say Julia was my favorite Husky this weekend. The Senior Forward's brilliant individual effort on the first Husky goal was highlight reel quality. Stole the puck, launched a shot, recovered the blocked shot, beat the 'D,' pulled the puck across her body, and scored on a nifty backhand. All in continuous, fluid motion. Tylke cracked yesterday's Star List; and I decided to recognize the St. Cloud 'D' with a Star this time. But Julia's wow factor goal needed to be mentioned. Honorably mentioned.
Ohio State Honorable Mention: Sophie Jaques
Sophie gave us a high compete level all weekend long. On Saturday her 6 shots led all players. The freshman from Toronto has quickly become a mainstay on the Buckeye Defense.
#3 Star: (tie) Kenzie Wylie, St. Cloud State; and Abby Theissen, St. Cloud State
#19 & #28 stood tall and strong on the St. Cloud Blue Line. The top Husky 'D' pair wasn't on the ice for any of the Buckeye goals. Each had a pair of blocked shots. Individually & collectively they were a big reason this weekend's games were close.
#2 Star: (tie) Charly Dahlquist, Ohio State and Madison Field, Ohio State
When the Intense Dahlquist and the Determined Field get to work, it's a glorious thing. Each provided a vital goal in this one. In this space we'll cover Field's Go Ahead Goal.
Though technically scored at even strength, it came off a power play set, with Jincy Dunne quarterbacking at the point. When the puck got to Emma Maltais, she fired a diagonal, cross-ice pass to Madison in the left circle. That play is really designed for a quick release shot at the back door. But the shot wasn't there, so Field carried the puck up high, then completed a full semi-circle to the right side. The transfixed, flat-footed Husky defense could only watch as Madison beat the St. Cloud goalie on the short side, just inside the right post.
#1 Star: Jincy Dunne, Ohio State
This time Jincy showed up on the scoresheet, with two key assists. But just as importantly, her calm, steady leadership was once again at the heart of the Buckeye victory. In this match-up, this year, the Buckeyes are the more talented team. But relax just a little, and the hardworking Huskies will make you pay.
Now, about that GWG. The play began with a defensive zone D2D pass from Madison Bizal to Jincy. From there Dunne sent an absolutely perfect breakout pass off the wall, hitting Maltais in stride. As is her wont, Emma took off on a majestic dash up the right wing. Precision centering pass from Emma; precision finish from Charly. Yes, we've seen this show before. I promise, it will never get old!
Up Next: Road Trip To Bemidji State.
Confidential To Hannah Potrykus: You and your loyal fans consistently bring great energy to the Ice Rink. It's been a pleasure watching you progress as a player over the course of your career. Just wanted to say thanks, in case this turns out to be your last appearance on OSU Ice. Or, perhaps we'll see you for the playoffs?