The Buckeyes travel to Mankato this weekend to take on the Mavericks. Both games start at 3:07 EST. It has obviously been a rough season for both teams, so both will go into this weekends games hungry. Ohio State comes into the game at 7-17 (3-15 WCHA) and Minnesota State comes into this weekend's game with a record of 3-19-2 (0-17-1 WCHA), but last weekend, the Mavericks played Minnesota to a pair of one-goal games, so it would appear that they are improving. With Ohio State setting in 7th place and in a recent goal-scoring slump (7 goals in their last six games since coming back from the holiday break), the Mavericks have to feel they have a shot at getting into the win column in the league this weekend. Ohio State took the first two games of this series in Columbus last fall by scores of 5-3 and 4-0. Sophomore goaltender Alex LaMere got the first shutout of her Ohio State career in that 4-0 win. Maverick fans, what have your thoughts been on this season? I would think you were encouraged by the two one-goal games vs the Gophers. It's been a rough season for us, but the girls have shown improvement in some areas. Having a new coach and laying a foundation is not easy, but us Buckeye fans are hopeful that it will pay dividends in the future. As is normally the case it seems, I think the kids are more resilient than us fans. Every weekend, I feel bad for them that they work so hard and are not rewarded for it. After the games, they smile and thank us for being there to support them, then they get back to work for the next weekend's games. I haven't heard any of them complain or feel sorry for themselves over the results of the season so far. Anyway, good luck to both teams this weekend. Hopefully, there are no injuries.