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IndyCar News: Gateway Motorsports Park has title sponsor, Thompson joins Canadian team for 2017

INDYCAR News and Notes – Jan. 20, 2017

1. Gateway Motorsports Park race gains title sponsor
2. Fans have ‘Prix View’ opportunity at Phoenix open test
3. Parnelli Jones documentary Q&A on Barrett-Jackson docket
4. Thompson joins Canadian team for USF2000 season

1. Gateway Motorsports Park race gains title sponsor: The Bommarito Automotive Group, the leading retailer of new and used vehicles in the St. Louis region, has been named title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park scheduled for Aug. 26.

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will mark the return of Verizon IndyCar Series racing to the 1.25-mile oval in nearby Madison, Illinois, for the first time in 14 years. The event under the lights is the 15th of 17 races on this year’s schedule.

“We are pleased to announce that Bommarito Automotive Group will join Gateway Motorsports Park in the production of our inaugural INDYCAR event as the title sponsor,” said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park. “This is a tremendous event for the St. Louis region and no one knows our town better than the folks at Bommarito. They are a progressive group, known for a high standard of quality and excellence. It’s the same standard of on-track action and family-friendly experience that we look forward to delivering with our landmark event.”

Indy car races were run annually from 1997-2003 under CART and INDYCAR sanctioning, with the winners’ list a who’s who including Paul Tracy, Alex Zanardi, Michael Andretti, Juan Pablo Montoya, Al Unser Jr., Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves. This year’s race weekend will also include competition in the upper two levels of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires development ladder: Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.

“We are excited to partner with Gateway Motorsports Park and the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said John Bommarito, president of Bommarito Automotive Group, which has served the area for 45 years. “When approached by Gateway about the return of INDYCAR to St. Louis, we felt it was important to have a major St. Louis company step forward and support the return of open-wheel racing to the region. We are extremely proud to be the title sponsor of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.”

Gateway Motorsports Park is located just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis. Ticket information for the Aug. 28-29 race weekend is available at

2. Fans have ‘Prix View’ opportunity at Phoenix open test: Fans are once again invited to attend “Prix View” on the second day of the Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Phoenix International Raceway, featuring virtually the entire field on track Feb. 10-11 in preparation for the 2017 season.

Gates will be open from noon-7 p.m. MT Feb. 11, with free admission and parking to watch the on-track testing sessions from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. An all-driver autograph session is also scheduled from 4:45-5:30 p.m. Fans may obtain wristbands for the autograph session at the PIR booth on the track’s fan midway beginning at noon while supplies last. The track will not be open to the public for the first day of the open test on Feb. 10.

“The Prix View is an important testing opportunity for all the teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series to refine their approach to the championship before the season begins,” said Bryan Sperber, PIR president. “We are pleased to be able to open the track so fans can see firsthand the critical adjustments the teams are making in preparation for the Phoenix Grand Prix and the entire 2017 season schedule.”

The Phoenix Grand Prix on the historic 1-mile PIR oval will be the fourth race of the 2017 season, with race weekend set for April 28-29. Tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from $35-70, $10 for children discounts for active-duty military and veterans. Fans can get the ultimate experience with a garage and pit pass for $50. For ticket information, visit or call (866) 408-RACE (7223).

3. Parnelli Jones documentary Q&A on Barrett-Jackson docket: A number of people involved with the documentary film “Behind the Indianapolis 500 with Parnelli Jones” will participate in a question-and-answer session Saturday during the annual famous Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

PJ Jones, the son of the film’s namesake, executive producer Michael Walker and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk will partake in the discussion that begins at noon MT at the Shell Pioneering Performance tent adjacent to the auction staging area. Longtime automotive program host Alan Taylor will moderate.

The panelists will discuss the documentary that explores the rich history and tradition of the Indianapolis 500 through the eyes of Parnelli Jones, the 1963 winner who annually returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the iconic event. Other greats interviewed for the film were Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Bobby Rahal and Al Unser Jr.

The film may be purchased on DVD for $14.99 or instant streaming for $12.99

Parnelli Jones, the oldest-living winner of the Indianapolis 500, has teamed with designer Troy Lee to produce 33 helmets, each signed by 19 Indianapolis 500 winners, including Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Mears and Johnny Rutherford as well as current Verizon IndyCar Series stars Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.

Jones has also authorized the sale of 30 replica helmets from his own racing days. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of both helmets (which can purchased be for $8,500 for one or $15,000 for a pair (one of each) by contacting benefits the Page Jones Head Injury Foundation.

4. Thompson joins Canadian team for USF2000 season: Parker Thompson will return for another season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda as part of an all-Canadian effort from first-year entrant Exclusive Autosport in the lowest rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder.

Thompson, who finished second in the USF2000 driver’s championship in 2016, will return to the team that helped launch his racing career in race cars piloting Exclusive Autosport’s No. 30 Mazda-powered Tatuus US-17.

“It has been a long time coming, signing Parker to a full-season program with Exclusive Autosport,” team co-owner Michael Duncalfe said. “I am especially excited that he will be one of our drivers, a series veteran, leading the EA program in our inaugural season in the USF2000 championship/MRTI. I have the utmost respect for not only Parker’s race craft, but also his work ethic on and off the track. I have never seen a driver work as hard as he does off the track on his racing program.”

Thompson, an 18-year-old from Red Deer, Alberta, last raced for the team in Formula Tour F1600 in 2015, sweeping a weekend of racing at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec. Thompson drove in USF2000 for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in 2016, winning four races and finishing second to teammate Anthony Martin in the championship.

“This was easily one of the hardest offseasons I have had in my motorsport career, thus far,” said Thompson. “I honestly didn’t know if I was going to get behind the wheel of a race car in 2017, so when the opportunity arose to become a part of the EA organization, I was ecstatic.

“This is a dream team fit for myself, in a number of different ways. I met Michael when I was just 11 years old racing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at the Western Canadian Karting Championships. It just goes to show you what relationship-building can do for your career down the road.”




NFL NFC-AFC Championship Game Preview Capsules: Falcons-Packers, Steelers-Patriots





LEADER 15-14
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 2-5 Bill Belichick: 12-11
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Mike Tomlin: 8-5 Bill Belichick: 24-10
VS. COMMON OPP. Pit.: 8-2 (Mia 1-1; Buf 1-0; Cle 2-0; Cin 2-0; NYJ 1-0; Bal 1-1)

NE: 8-1 (Mia 2-0; Buf 1-1; Cle 1-0; Cin 1-0; NYJ 2-0; Bal 1-0)

PLAYOFF RECORD 36-23 30-19
LAST WEEK W 18-16 at Kansas City W 34-16 vs. Houston
LAST GAME 10/23/16: Patriots 27 at Steelers 16. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 222 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount rushes for 127 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/10/15: Patriots 28, Steelers 21. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 288 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 5 catches for 94 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST PLAYOFF 1/23/05: Patriots 41 at Steelers 27. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 207 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots S Rodney Harrison has 87-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Terry McAulay
BROADCAST CBS (6:40 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Pit), 82 (NE). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Pit), 82 (NE).


PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 328-509-3819-29-13-95.4 Tom Brady: 291-432-3554-28-2-112.2 (2L)
RUSHING Le’Veon Bell: 261-1268-4.9-7 LeGarrette Blount: 299-1161-3.9-18 (1L)
RECEIVING Antonio Brown: 106 (2L)-1284-12.1-12 (T2L) Julian Edelman: 98-1106-11.3-3
OFFENSE 372.6 386.3
TAKE/GIVE +5 +12
DEFENSE 342.6 326.4
SACKS James Harrison: 5 Trey Flowers: 7
INTs Artie Burns (R), Ryan Shazier: 3 Malcolm Butler: 4
PR Antonio Brown: 9.3 Danny Amendola: 6.7
KR Fitzgerald Toussaint: 21.4 Cyrus Jones (R): 22.5
PUNTING Jordan Berry: 45.6 Ryan Allen: 44.7
KICKING Chris Boswell: 99 (36/36 PAT; 21/25 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 127 (46/49 PAT; 27/32 FG)


TEAMS MEET for 5th time in postseason, incl. 3rd time in AFC Championship Game. Patriots defeated Steelers 41-27 in AFC CG on 1/23/05. Pit. leads all-time series 15-14 (incl. playoffs). NE defeated Pit. 27-16 in Week 7 (10/23/16).

STEELERS: Have 36-23 all-time postseason record, most playoff wins all-time. Rank 4th all-time in postseason win pct. (.610). Have won 7 division titles since 2002…Club had 5 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: RB LE’VEON BELL (2nd), WR ANTONIO BROWN (5th), G DAVID DE CASTRO (2nd),C MAURKICE POUNCEY (5th) & QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER (5th)…QB Roethlisberger is 3-1 as starting QB in AFC CG. Has 13-6 (.684) career postseason record, 5th highest postseason winning pct. by starting QB (min. 15 starts) in NFL history. Is 1 of 12 QBs in NFL history with multiple Super Bowl wins. Ranks 9th all-time in career pass TDs (301)…RB Bell had franchise postseason-record 170 rush yards last week. Has 337 rush yards in past 2 playoff games, 3rd highest total over 2-game span in single postseason. Has rushed for 1,172 yards (146.5 per game) & 8 TDs in his past 8 (incl. playoffs). Led NFL with 157.0 scrimmage yards per game avg., 3rd highest in NFL history. Ranked 3rd in NFL with 1,884 scrimmage yards (1,268 rush, 616 rec.) & 5th in rush yards (1,268)…WR Brown had 108 rec. yards last week. Has 232 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in past 2. Is 1 of 2 players in NFL postseason history with 100+ rec. yards in 4 consecutive games. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 106 catches & tied for 2nd with 12 TD catches. His 481 receptions in past 4 seasons are most of any 4-year span in NFL history. Is 1 of 2 in NFL history (MARVIN HARRISON) with 4 consecutive 100-catch seasons. Has 5 career seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards, 2nd most in team history…LB JAMES HARRISON has 2.5 sacks & FF in past 2 postseason games. Aims for 5th consecutive postseason game with sack. Has 13 TFL & 8.5 sacks in past 10 playoff games. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS had 11 tackles in last meeting. Has 4 career seasons with 100+ tackles, 2+ sacks & 2+ INTs, most in franchise history. LB RYAN SHAZIER aims for 3rd consecutive postseason game with INT. Was only NFL player with 3+ sacks (3.5), 3+ INTs (3) & 3+ FFs (3) in 2016. Rookie CB ARTIE BURNS had FR last week. Tied for NFL rookie lead with 3 INTs…K CHRIS BOSWELL made NFL postseason record 6 FGs in Div. Rd.

PATRIOTS: Have appeared in 6 consecutive Conference Championship Games, most all-time. Have won 8 consecutive division titles, longest streak in NFL history. Since 2001, have won 4 Super Bowl titles, most in NFL. Have 30-19 (.612) all-time postseason record, 3rd highest winning pct. in playoff history…Head coach BILL BELICHICK has 24 career postseason wins, most all-time. Has won 4 Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), tied with CHUCK NOLL for most in NFL history…Patriots had 4 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: QB TOM BRADY (12th), LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER (1st), S DEVIN MC COURTY (3rd) & ST MATTHEW SLATER (6th)…QB Brady has passed for 3,148 yards (286.1 per game) with 26 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 113.7 rating in 11 career meetings (incl. playoffs). Is 2-0 vs. Pit. in postseason. Ranks 1st all-time in postseason wins (23), passing att. (1,221), completions (756), yards (8,244) & TDs (58). Has 10 career postseason games with 300+ pass yards, most all-time. Has won 4 Super Bowls as starting QB & 3 Super Bowl MVPs, both tied for most in NFL history. Had 14.0 TD/INT ratio (28 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs), highest in NFL history (min. 20 pass TDs.)…In Div. Rd. win vs. Hou., RB DION LEWIS became 1st player in postseason history with rush TD, rec. TD & KR-TD in same game. Had 98-yard KR-TD last week, 1st postseason KR-TD in team history. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for 127 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Led NFL with franchise-record 18 rush TDs. Has 7 rush TDs in 6 career postseason games. Has rush TD in 5 of past 6 (incl. playoffs). RB JAMES WHITE had rec. TD last week. Tied for lead among NFL RBs with 5 TD catches…WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 8 catches for 137 yards last week. In past 8 playoff games, has 67 catches (8.4 per game) for 744 rec. yards (93 per game) & 2 TDs. Is franchise postseason leader with 76 catches. Has 3 seasons with 90+ catches, 2nd most in franchise history. WR CHRIS HOGAN had 4 catches for 95 yards last week…CB MALCOLM BUTLER had INT & 3 PD in last meeting. Led team with 4 INTs & 17 PD. LB ROB NINKOVICH has 6 career postseason sacks. CB LOGAN RYAN had sack & INT last week. Was only NFL CB with 90+ tackles (92), 2+ INTs (2), 1+ sack (1) & 1+ FF (1) in 2016. S DEVIN MC COURTY had INT in Div. Rd.





LEADER 17-14
STREAKS 4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 4-3 Dan Quinn: 1-0
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Mike McCarthy: 10-7 Dan Quinn: 1-0
VS. COMMON OPP. GB: 2-0 (Phi. 1-0; Sea. 1-0)

Atl.: 1-2 (Phi. 0-1; Sea. 1-1)

LAST WEEK W 34-31 at Dallas W 36-20 vs. Seattle
LAST GAME 10/30/16: Packers 32 at Falcons 33. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passes for 288 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has GW TD catch with 31 seconds remaining.
LAST PLAYOFF 1/15/11: Packers 48 at Falcons 21. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passes for 366 yards & 3 TDs. Packers CB Tramon Williams has 70-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST FOX (3:05 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (GB), 82 (Atl). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (GB), 82 (Atl).


PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 401-610-4428-40 (1L)-7-104.2 Matt Ryan: 373-534-4944 (2L)-38 (2L)-7-117.1 (1L)
RUSHING Ty Montgomery: 77-457-5.9-3 Devonta Freeman: 227-1079-4.8-11
RECEIVING Jordy Nelson: 97-1257-13.0-14 (1L) Julio Jones: 83-1409 (2L)-17.0-6
OFFENSE 368.8 415.8 (2L)
TAKE/GIVE +8 +11
DEFENSE 363.9 371.2
SACKS Nick Perry: 11 Vic Beasley Jr.: 15.5 (1L)
INTs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 5 Deion Jones (R): 3
PR Micah Hyde: 5.8 Eric Weems: 11.4
KR Ty Montgomery: 20.3 Eric Weems: 23.0
PUNTING Jacob Schum: 43.2 Matt Bosher: 46.8
KICKING Mason Crosby: 122 (44/47 PAT; 26/30 FG) Matt Bryant: 158 (1L) (56/57 PAT; 34/37 FG)


TEAMS MEET for 4th time in postseason. Packers lead playoff series 2-1. GB defeated Atl. 48-21 in Divisional playoff on 1/15/11. GB leads all-time series 17-14 (incl. playoffs). Falcons defeated Packers 33-32 in Week 8.

PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .618 postseason winning pct. (34-21) is best in NFL history among teams with 50+ games played. This is team’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. MIKE MC CARTHY has led team to playoffs in 9 of his 11 seasons as head coach & is 10-7 in the postseason…Packers had 3 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: S HA HA CLINTON-DIX (1st), G T.J. LANG (1st) & QB AARON RODGERS (6th)…In past 8 (incl. playoffs), QB Rodgers is 8-0 with 2,384 pass yards (298 per game), 21 TDs & 1 INT for 117.9 rating. Has 100.1 postseason passer rating, 4th best in NFL history. In 6 career meetings, has 1,992 pass yards (332 per game), 16 TDs & 1 INT for 122.2 rating…RB TY MONTGOMERY had 2 rush TDs last week. Has 4 TDs in past 3 on road…WR JORDY NELSON led NFL with 14 rec. TDs & ranked 6th with 1,257 rec. yards. Since 2011 (incl. postseason), ties for 3rd in league with 58 TD catches. Had 94 rec. yards & TD in Week 8. WR RANDALL COBBhas 5 TD catches  in past 5 postseason games. WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 3 TD catches in 5 career playoff games. Had 12 receptions in Week 8. TE JARED COOK had 6 receptions for 104 yards & TD last week, 1st career postseason TD…LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 11 career postseason sacks, tied for 5th most since 1982. Had 2 sacks in only career playoff meeting. LB JULIUS PEPPERS has 143.5 career sacks, 5th most since 1982. In past 6 postseason games, has 4.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 PD. Is only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks & 10+ INTs (11). Has 2 sacks in past 3 meetings. LB NICK PERRY led team with career-high 11 sacks. DT MIKE DANIELS had sack in last meeting. CB DAMARIOUS RANDALL has 2 INTs in past 3 playoff games. S Clinton-Dix led team with 5 INTs…K MASON CROSBY made 2 50+ yard FGs in final 2 minutes of regulation last week, incl. GW 51-yarder as time expired. Is 1st player in postseason history with 2 50+-yard FGs in final 2 minutes of regulation. His 51-yard FG was longest GW FG in NFL postseason history.

FALCONS: Won NFC South & advanced to postseason for 1st time since 2012. Are 5-3 at home in playoffs in franchise history. Ranked 1st in NFL in total points (540) & 2nd in total offense (415.8 yards per game). Head coach DAN QUINN won 1st career playoff game last week…Falcons had 6 players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: LB VIC BEASLEY JR. (1st), K MATT BRYANT (1st), RB DEVONTA FREEMAN (2nd), WR JULIO JONES (4th), C ALEX MACK (4th) & QB MATT RYAN (4th)…QB Ryan set franchise record and ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,944 passing yards. Has 6 consecutive 4,000+ yard seasons, tied for 2nd longest streak in NFL history. Led league with 117.1 rating, 5th highest single-season rating in NFL history. In past 3 postseason games, has 984 pass yards (328 per game) with 9 TDs & 3 INTs for 111.9 rating. In past 2 meetings, has 663 pass yards (331.5 per game) with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 123.9 rating…RB Freeman had 1,079 rush yards, 2nd consecutive 1,000-yard season. In past 6 at home (incl. postseason), has 10 rush TDs. Had rush TD last week in postseason debut…WR Jones ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,409 rec. yards, 4th season with 1,000+ rec. yards. Has 30 receptions for 372 yards (93 per game) & 3 TDs in 4 career playoff games. Had 11 receptions for 259 yards & TD in 12/8/14 meeting. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch last week, 1st career postseason TD. Had 9 receptions for 84 yards & TD in Week 8. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL has 5 rec. TDs in past 7. Had TD in last meeting…DE DWIGHT FREENEY has 10 career postseason sacks, 4th most among active players. LB Beasley led NFL with 15.5 sacks. Has 6 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7 at home. LB DEION JONES (106) & S KEANU NEAL (105) led NFL rookies in tackles. Neal tied for 3rd in league with 5 FFs. CB ROBERT ALFORD tied for 5th in NFL with 19 PD. CB RICARDO ALLEN had INT last week in postseason debut.




NFL Network to air East-West Shrine Game, Reese’s Senior Bowl

Exclusive Live Coverage of East-West Shrine Game January 21 at 3:00 PM ET & Reese’s Senior Bowl January 28 at 2:30 PM ET​

Andrew Siciliano, Mike Mayock, Daniel Jeremiah & Alex Flanagan Provide Coverage of Both Events

Visit & @NFL_CFB for All Draft News/Analysis

NFL Network provides exclusive live coverage of the 2017 East-West Shrine Game Saturday, January 21 at 3:00 PM ET from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Reese’s Senior Bowl Saturday, January 28 at 2:30 PM ET from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Play-by-play announcer Andrew Siciliano is joined for coverage of both games in the booth by analysts Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah, while Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines.

Prior to each game, live editions of NFL Total Access air on NFL Network (Saturday, January 21 at 2:30 PM ET prior to East-West Shrine Game and Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 PM ET prior to Senior Bowl).

For complete information on each game, visit:

Leading up to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, NFL Network provides more on-location coverage than ever before. NFL Network provides live coverage of Senior Bowl week practices Tuesday, January 24 – Thursday, January 26 starting Tuesday at 2:00 PM ET and Wednesday and Thursday at 1:00 PM ET, with Siciliano, Mayock and Jeremiah providing insight and analysis. NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks and reporters Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo provide additional practice reports.

One-hour 2017 Senior Bowl Recap shows air Tuesday – Thursday at 8:00 PM ET. provides complete news reports and analysis throughout the lead up to the 2017 NFL Draft at and on Twitter (@NFL_CFB).

Here is Daniel Jeremiah’s list of his Top 50 prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft:


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OSU women’s hockey team drops tough road decision at #4 Minnesota, 2-1



Muzerall makes return to Ridder Arena for first time as visiting coach

Box Score
Minneapolis, Minn.— Ohio State held a lead for much of the game, but two third period goals from Minnesota were the differences in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Golden Gophers.

“I’m very proud of our team,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said after the game. ”They executed everything we’ve been practicing and everything we’ve been talking about on film. We just had a shorter bench and we were a little gassed. They did everything but it was just 10 minutes too long of a game.”

After a scoreless first period, Julianna Iafallo notched her fifth goal of the season to put Ohio State up 1-0. Maddy Field poked the puck free behind Minnesota’s net and it squirted out to Iafallo, who went stick side right by the goalie to give her team the lead. In that second period Minnesota peppered Kassidy Sauve with 18 shots, and the Buckeyes’ goaltender stopped every one of them

“She’s phenomenal,” Muzerall said of her goalie. “She’s an All-American, she’s fantastic. She’s been our backbone all year. It’s unfortunate how the first goal went it, that was uncharacteristic of her. But she kept us in the game. She controlled her rebounds and got whistles for us when we needed them. She played intelligently and composed.”

That first goal Muzerall reference came 10:48 into the third period and tied the game at 1-1. The Golden Gophers second goal came about six minutes later and gave them the lead for good.

In total Sauve stopped 31 shots on the night, over half of those coming in the second period. Ohio State recorded eight shots on goal, including Iafallo’s goal. On defense Jessica Dunne and Dani Sadek blocked four and three shots, respectively.

For Muzerall it was the first time she took in a hockey game as a visitor. She was an All-American for Minnesota and has won national championships as both a player and coach.

“That was actually really odd,” she said of returning to Ridder Arena. “There were a lot of emotions going through my mind, being a part of the inaugural program here and watching the growth and seeing the banners. I still have that pride in my heart for what my class and the girls that followed have accomplished. But that time’s over. I’m building a program at OSU.”

Tonight marked the third time this season that Ohio State scored first against Minnesota and, despite not coming away with victories in any of those games, there’s no doubt this team will be back on the ice tomorrow ready to compete.

“They don’t have any doubt in this team,” Muzerall said of her players. “They still believe, they’re going to come out firing and guns blazing because that’s who we are.”

These teams will face off again on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. ET




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