Junior defenseman Hannah Bates (24) collects a loose puck in the Huskies Friday night loss to nationally ranked Ohio State. Photo courtesy of Kenna Farrey.
Junior forward Emma Maltais scored the last 3 goals for Ohio State to propel the nationally ranked Buckeyes to a 5-2 win in a WCHA conference matchup on Friday night.
Ohio State’s Rebecca Freiburger broke a scoreless tie with just under four minutes left to play in the first period on a rebound from Sophie Jaques and Madison Bizal on the powerplay. The Buckeyes controlled most of the play in the first half of the game and added another tally early in the second period from Lisa Bruno. Liz Schepers was credited with the assist.
St. Cloud State would kill off off a crucial penalty and answer back from a net mouth scramble that senior Dana Rasmussen potted after a couple of swipes at the loose puck. The play was created after a nifty move by freshman Klara Hymlarova, who had an assist on the goal.
The Huskies would push back and start to control the play until a fluke bounce landed right on the stick of Maltais in the slot for her first of the game. The goal came with a minute and thirty seconds left to play in the middle frame. The puck was collected by Sophie Jaques and Tatum Skaggs before it bounced to Maitais.
Ohio State methodically controlled the third period and added a separation marker just over sixteen and a half minutes into the third, with Maitais scoring off of another bounce that floated over Huskies goaltender Janine Alder. Tatum Skaggs and Eve Savander assisted on the play.
St. Cloud State would answer just sixteen seconds later. Hallie Theodosopoulos buried a feed in the slot from Hymlarova and Dana Rasmussen. However, it would not be enough, as Ohio State’s Schepers and Bizal would find Maitais to complete the hat trick. Her third of the night was an empty net goal with fifteen seconds to play.
Ohio State goaltender Andrea Braendli finished with 16 saves on 18 shots. St. Cloud State goaltender Alder, had 33 saves on 37 shots faced. Ohio State had 38 shots total.
Alder and Braendli were both participants on the Switzerland National team and showed their prowess again with solid performances by both net-minders.
Ohio State was 1 for 2 on the powerplay, while the Huskies did not find the back of the net during both powerplays of their own.
St. Cloud State falls to 1-1 on the year and 0-1 in WCHA and NCAA play. The two squads match up today, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Puck drop is set for 2:07 p.m.
*Editor’s note: Emma Maltais was later credited with a fourth goal replacing Lisa Bruno as the goal scorer in the second period.
Noah is a graduate student writing for the newspaper at St. Cloud State University.
He currently covers the men’s and women’s hockey teams for the newspaper. Noah also does color analyst work for both teams on the radio at KVSC studios.
Check out his St. Cloud State hockey-based podcast at https://huskieswarminghousepodcast.com