There’s a saying: Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.
On Saturday, both the Ohio State Buckeyes women’s and men’s programs weren’t just lucky, they were good, too.
Actually, they were really really good.
The women’s hockey team, which is 24-10-4 on the year, found themselves as one of the eight programs that had a shot at winning the national championship in women’s hockey. On Saturday, in the quarterfinals stage, OSU faced Boston College—and shut them out, 2-0. Junior defenseman Lauren Boyle netted the first goal of the match in the second period, which was also the program’s first-ever goal in the NCAA Tournament.
Redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauvé strung together 38 saves to shutout the Golden Eagles in their own backyard in Chestnut Hill, Mass., leading the Buckeyes into a matchup with No. 1 overall seed Clarkson next weekend in Minneapolis.
Not too long after the women’s team punched their ticket for another hockey game, the men’s program took to the ice, literally, down the road from campus. Their Big Ten Tournament semifinal contest with the Michigan Wolverines took place at Nationwide Arena, the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The men’s program never trailed in the game, but made things dramatic down the stretch. OSU, who came into the game as the No. 6 team in the land, held off the No. 11 Wolverines, 3-2, with the help of a game-winning goal off the stick of Matthew Weis in overtime.
Buckeyes WIN!— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) March 11, 2018
Ohio State with a 3-2 OT WIN over the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals!
Ohio State is moving on to the Big Ten Championship game! pic.twitter.com/t1hJ3v2z0Z
Weis’s winner sends the Scarlet and Gray into the Big Ten Championship Game against No.1-seed Notre Dame next Saturday night in South Bend, Ind.
If you want to expand the hockey-success bubble in Columbus even more, the Blue Jackets are on a roll, too—even though they didn’t play on Saturday. The CBJ are in the midst of a four-game winning streak, and get back on the ice on Monday against the Montreal Canadiens.