SCSU salvages series split

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After being swept by the nation’s second-ranked team, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Huskies were looking to right the ship in a series against the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Looking down at Ohio State in the standings, the Huskies still knew it would be a tough task, as any conference game in the WCHA is.

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In the first game, it was a defensive battle for much of the first period with both teams successfully killing off two power plays. This is including a five-minute penalty kill for the Huskies after senior defenseman Caroline Markstrom received a game misconduct and a five-minute major for checking from behind. The score heading into the first intermission never changed from the start of the game, locked in at zeros.

Early in the second, Ohio State would finally capitalize. With the puck behind the Huskies net, Ohio State junior forward Julianna Iafallo was able to find Minnesota native, freshman forward Crystal Sorem standing all by her lonesome wide open in the slot, and she did not miss her chance to bury the shot and give Ohio State the early 1-0 lead. Later in the second, Samantha Bouley of Ohio State was able to capitalize on her scoring chance to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead late in the second with her second goal of the year. Ohio State would go on to finish off SCSU in the first game of the series with an empty-net goal late in the third.

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Having not been able to finish off any of their scoring opportunities in game one on Friday, the Huskies would be looking for revenge in game two Saturday morning.

Midway through the first, Payge Pena would have the puck on the boards deep in Buckeyes territory. Pena would drop a pass off to Kayla Friesen and she would do the rest. Deking around the defense making her way in front of the net, her backhand shot would go through the five-hole of Ohio State netminder Kassidy Sauve, and the score would be 1-0 in the Huskies favor.

Fast forward to the second, the Huskies, with possession of the puck behind the Buckeye net, a centering pass would find Caroline Markstrom wide high in the slot and her shot would find a home in the back of the net, which would end up being the game winner.

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Alyssa Erickson would tally her third goal of the season early in the third period to add some insurance before Ohio State would counter with a goal from Jessica Dunne. This time, the Huskies would get the empty net goal and would earn themselves a series split against the Buckeyes.

Huskies goaltender Janine Alder earned her fourth victory of the season to continue her incredible rookie season.

Next up for the SCSU Huskies (4-7-1, 3-6-1 WCHA) they find themselves on the road this weekend against WCHA rival Bemidji State (4-7-1, 2-7-1 WCHA).