Jan. 10, 2016
Minneapolis, Minn.— After hanging tough with No. 3 Minnesota (17-3-0, 13-3-0 WCHA) in game one of its weekend series, Ohio State (7-15-0, 3-13-0 WCHA) fell by a larger margin in Sunday’s 9-0 loss to the Golden Gophers.
Definitely a different story than the prior game, Sunday’s matchup was all Minnesota right from the puck drop. 59 seconds into the game, Gopher Kelly Pannek scored to put her team up 1-0. She would score again just a few minute later, putting Ohio State down 2-0 at the 5:18 mark of the first period. Minnesota would score a couple more goals before the frame was up to take a 4-0 lead into the second period. The Buckeyes were outshot 20-1 in that first period, the largest margin against them in any period this season. Ohio State did have a couple power play opportunities in the first period, but failed to convert either time.
The second period actually went the Buckeyes’ way in terms of shot volume; they outshot their WCHA foe 12-11. Maggie Rothgery, Lauren Boyle, and Claudia Kepler were among the leaders in shots that period for Ohio State. Despite firing fewer shots, Minnesota ended up scoring three goals in that period, all within a time span of 1:48. Sarah Potomak, Caitlin Reilly, and Lee Stecklein all scored for the Gophers, increasing their lead to 7-0 over the Scarlet and Gray.
Minnesota ensured that the third period mimicked more of the first period than the second, outshooting Ohio State 14-4 and potting another two goals en route to a 9-0 victory. After shutting down the Gophers on the power play in Saturday’s game, the Buckeyes allowed two power play goals on both of UM’s chances in today’s game. The lost means that, for the first time since the 2012-13 season, Ohio State failed to garner a point in a season series against Minnesota.
The Buckeyes will look to bounce back next weekend when St. Cloud State comes to the OSU Ice Rink on Jan. 15-16. Back in November Ohio State lost both previous matchups with SCSU.