There are two words to describe The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey season since winter break started: ICE CREAM. We have a tradition on road trips that if we leave with a sweep, we stop and get ice cream (preferably Dairy Queen) on our way back to Columbus. Considering that we have had three consecutive road series resulting in sweeps, DQ blizzards have become a regular part of our weekly diets. Another ritual we have after a sweep is right before we leave after the second game we have the bus driver honk six times for the six points we just earned.
Our sweep streak began with our last series of 2014 against Bemidji State, where we competed in two very close games of 1-0, 2-1. Immediately following the BSU series was our winter break where we reunited with friends and family for eight days. We all returned to Columbus January 29th to prepare for our upcoming series at fellow BIG 10 School, Penn State University.
While in Happy Valley we stayed in the vary quant Nittany Lion Inn which was unlike any hotel we have stayed in before. It was also exciting to see the Hockey Valley facility, a lot of us had never seen Penn State’s new rink and were very impressed. On top of staying in the historical inn and playing in an amazing facility we left Penn State with a 3-1, 6-0 sweep, six honks for six points and a trip to Dairy Queen.
Our most recent series was at St. Cloud State. Since we played a Saturday, Sunday series against PSU we were only in Columbus from Monday-Wednesday before we headed to Minnesota, again. While in St. Cloud both of our games were at 3 p.m. because their men’s team was hosting Miami of Ohio that weekend as well. After we won our Friday night game 3-1 we went to the men’s game, where we got to be spectators for a change. We only stayed until the end of the second period due to our early morning wake up call but the intermission shows between periods were extremely entertaining. Saturday we won 4-0 and quickly had to pack up and get to Minneapolis, an hour and a half drive from St. Cloud, to catch our flight, which was leaving in less than two hours and fifteen minutes. This left us with just enough time for quick six honks but unfortunately no time for ice cream.