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Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State’s No. 1/2 women’s hockey team earned a shutout in the first game of the series this weekend against Bemidji State, beating the Beavers 5-0 at the OSU Ice Rink on Friday night. The Buckeyes (11-1-1, 11-1-1 WCHA) had eight different players to score a point in the game, led by graduate Paetyn Levis and junior Jenna Buglioni with three points each.
How it happened
Ohio State scored its first goal of the game at 10:03 in the opening period. Madison Bizal sent a shot from the top of the faceoff circle into the Beavers’ zone, through traffic and past Bemidji State goaltender Hannah Hogenson. Sophie Jaques and Jenn Gardiner added assists for the goal that would end up winning the game.
The Buckeyes extended their lead with less than three minutes to play for a Makenna Webster goal in the opening frame. The Buckeyes swarmed the beavers as they attempted to clear their territory and Buglioni halted their advance. The Port Moody, BC native collected the puck from behind the Bemidji State goal and sent it in the slot to Levis. Levis then knocked it to Webster, who sent it past Hogenson at 17:19.
Despite a scoreless second half, Ohio State parried another penalty and Amanda Thiele made eight saves to keep Bemidji State off the board in midfield.
Ohio State lit the lamp three times in the last 20 minutes to take the first game of the series from Bemidji State. The third period began and ended with goals from Levis, who scored at 4:04 and then again at 15:28. For her first goal, she hit a 2-on-1 to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead over the Beavers after Buglioni and Jamie Grinder gave assists. Her second goal was a shorthanded as she took advantage of a battered puck at the blueline and passed Bemidji State defenders for Ohio State’s final goal.
Buglioni added an own goal at 9:13 from assists from Jamie Grinder and Kenzie Hauswirth. Grinder sent a shot on target that forced Hogenson to save and Buglioni was right in front to capitalize on the rebound.
Thiele ended the day with 19 saves for Ohio State. The team blocked 14 shots that day to concede.
- Amanda Thiele earned her second consecutive shutout in the Buckeyes’ 5-0 win over Bemidji State. With 19 saves in the competition, she improves to 8-1-0 this year. Friday’s shutout is also the third straight for the Buckeyes. The last time Ohio State had three straight shutouts was in 2016-17 when the team won Lindenwood 4-0 3-0 and St. Cloud 3-0.
- Makenna Webster scored her second goal in as many games that night, making it the team’s first goal of the night. In just three games for Ohio State this season, she has two goals and three assists.
- Paetyn Levis recorded Ohio State’s first shorthanded goal of the season, scoring on Bemidji’s third power play opportunity of the game. She has two shorthanded goals in her career now, her first goal coming last season against Minnesota State (February 4). The Rogers, Minnesota native is now four points out of 100 for her career.
- Jenna Buglioni not only tied Levis with three points as team-best against Bemidji State, but also led the Buckeyes with three blocked shots on the day. She is second on the team with 15 blocked shots in 13 games this season.
- In her first game of the season, sophomore Jamie Grinder hit two assists for a career-high in points and assists in a single game. She came into play with just two career points.
- Sophie Jaques earned an assist for Madison Bizal’s game-winning goal to take her career to 127 points. She is now one point away from tying the Ohio State record for career points by a defender. Tessa Bonhomme’s record (2004-08) currently stands at 128.
- The Buckeyes finished 3-3 in penalties to improve their penalty kill percentage this season to .867.
shots: Ohio State 66, Bemidji State 40
Saves: Bemidji State (Hogenson) 21, Ohio State (Thiele) 5
power play: Ohio State 0-1, Bemidji State 0-3
Faceoffs: Bemidji State 15, Ohio State 30
Rating in the State of Ohio: Levis (2-1-3), Buglioni (1-2-3), Grinder (0-2-2), Bizal (1-0-1), Webster (1-0-1), Gardiner (0-1 -1), Jacques (0-1-1), landlord (0-1-1)
The Buckeyes and Beavers meet tomorrow, Saturday, November 19, in the final game of the regular-season series. After the game, the Buckeyes host a postgame skate. As a reminder, parking and admission to Ohio State women’s hockey games are free.