Ohio State Sweeps Quarterfinal Series With 5-2 Win Over Minnesota State
Freshman forward Tatum Skaggs and junior forward Maddy Field each score two goals for Buckeyes

Freshman forward Tatum Skaggs scored two goals for the Buckeyes
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:06  OSU1-0 EV Madison Field (17)Liz Schepers/9
1st 18:55  OSU2-0 EV Emma Maltais (16)Julianna Iafallo/13, Lauren Boyle/19
2nd 17:21  OSU3-0 EV GW Tatum Skaggs (22)Lauren Boyle/20, Charly Dahlquist/14
2nd 19:58  MNS1-3 EV Jordan McLaughlin (9)Chloe Crosby/1
3rd 6:07  OSU4-1 EV Madison Field (18)Lauren Boyle/21, Liv Halvorson/3
3rd 16:20  MNS2-4 EV Demi Gardner (3)Anna Keys/8, Corbin Boyd/11
3rd 19:07  OSU5-2 EV EN Tatum Skaggs (23)Charly Dahlquist/15
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  0112
Ohio State  2125
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  617831
Ohio State  913931
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (5-28-1)  0/4 2/4 0
Ohio State (23-9-4)  0/2 4/8 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chloe Crosby (L, 4-13-1)58:494 712726
Empty Net1:111     
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Zeglen (W, 5-1-0)60:002 616729

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 6 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team punched its ticket to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff with a 5-2 win over Minnesota State on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink.

The Buckeyes (23-9-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) will make their first appearance in the WCHA Final Faceoff since 2013, but this time come in as the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Use the link at the top of this recap for all ticketing information you could need.

In the opening period Maddy Field continued her reign of terror over the MSU goaltending corps, scoring her fourth goal of the weekend a little over six minutes into the game. With the period winding down, Emma Maltais found the back of the net to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead heading into the second.

Both goaltenders had their work cut out for them in the second period, with OSU goalie Amanda Zeglen facing 17 shots, and MSU's Chloe Crosby staring down 13 herself. With less than three minutes left in the period, Tatum Skaggs lit the lamp to push the OSU lead to 3-0. Zeglen, however, would not be able to claim her second consecutive shutout as Jordan McLaughlin gave the Mavericks their first goal of the weekend with just two seconds left in the period, making it a 3-1 game.

Not content with four goals on the weekend, Field scored again in the opening moments of the third to give Ohio State a 4-1 lead. Minnesota State continued to fire away, knowing its season was on the line, and eventually cut the lead to two with a goal from Demi Gardner at the 16:20 mark. MSU pulled Crosby out of the net to bring on an extra attacker, but that proved to seal the Mavericks' fate as Skaggs scored an empty netter with less than a minute to play to secure the 5-2 win.

"This has been a long time coming for this team, and this squad truly deserves to contend for a WCHA title," Buckeyes head coach Nadine Muzerall said postgame. "From here we have to keep doing what we've been doing. We have to make sure that team stays mentally strong and recovers for this weekend. As a team we've been preparing for this all year, now it's time to get out there and do it."

For the second straight game eight different Buckeyes tallied points in the game. Lauren Boyle led all point scorers with three, all from assists. Skaggs, Field, and Charly Dahlquist all tallied two points each, with Dahlquist getting both of hers from assists. Maltais, Liv Halvorson, Julianna Iafallo and Liz Schepers all finished with one point each.

The Buckeyes now head to the state of hockey where they'll try to win the first WCHA Championship in program history. To get to the title game Ohio State will have to go through the Minnesota Golden Gophers. That WCHA Semifinal is set for a 6:07 p.m. ET start on Saturday, March 3.