No. 7 UMD women’s hockey team will face No. 1 Ohio State in the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals
After getting the sweep against St. Cloud state on Saturday, February 24th and 25th in the opening round of the WCHA playoffs, the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team has a tall task against No. 1 Ohio State University ahead of them to make it to the WCHA Final Faceoff championship on Saturday, March 4th.
The Bulldogs will have their vision laser-focused on key strategies when they step out on the ice.
“Pretty much going back to the basics, like stopping on pucks are just the little things that really change up how the gameplay can go. Like if you don’t stop on a puck, boom, they’re going the other way on and on, man rush. But, when you do little stuff like that changes the game completely,” said Graduate forward Maggie Flaherty.
These two teams played each other back in December at Amsoil Arena, with them splitting the series as the Bulldogs won 5-4 in overtime in game two.
Head coach Maura Crowell mentions how the two teams’ style of the game is kind of similar. “Physical it’s a good word, intense, tough, fun. All of those things that we identify ourselves as a team, they’re very similar.”
The Bulldogs will hit the ice on Friday, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, to battle against the Buckeyes with puck drop set for 1 p.m.