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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Goaltender Kassidy Sauvé notched 38 saves as the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team shutout the Boston College Eagles, 2-0, on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four for the first time in program history.
The Buckeyes (24-10-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) held a significant shots-on-goal advantage for most of the game, out-shooting the Eagles 32-to-15 through the first two periods. After a scoreless first with Ohio State put 17 SOG, Lauren Boyle netted the first NCAA Tournament goal in program history to give OSU a 1-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the second. The shots continued to pile up for the Buckeyes, but the team couldn’t add to its lead, taking a 1-0 advantage into the third.
The Eagles came out firing in the third, tallying 23 SOG in the period. Sauvé, returning to action after missing the last two weekends, made some amazing saves to keep Boston College out of the net. With less than five minutes to play Maddy Field lit the lamp to put the icing on the game for Ohio State, sealing the 2-0 win and a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four.
“Our girls were poised when it mattered today,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said after the game. “Kassidy played huge in the third when we needed her to. The ladies are ecstatic right now, they know what’s at stake next weekend, but right now we’re going to enjoy this.”
Boyle and Field finished with a goal each. Julianna Iafallo tallied assists on both goals, while Dani Sadek notched an assist on Boyle’s goal. With today’s win Sauvé is now tied for most wins for a goalie in program history, 42. She already held the single season, and all-time records for shutouts, which now sit at 10 and 22 respectively.
The Buckeyes hit the road for Minneapolis next weekend to play in the Frozen Four where they’ll face the No. 1 overall seed Clarkson in the NCAA semifinal. Check back at the start of the week for more information on that game.
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