January 27, 2018

No. 5 Buckeyes Succumb To Late UMD Rally

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Jan. 27, 2018

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DULUTH, Minn. — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team once again out-shot the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, but could not pull out a win, falling 2-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena. 

The Buckeyes (17-7-4, 10-4-4 WCHA) put 11 shots-on-goal in the first, but none found the back of the net as both teams went into the locker room scoreless. Dani Sadek, Tatum Skaggs and Lauren Spring had two SOG each in the opening frame.

Just past the midway point of the second, Tatum Skaggs blasted the pack past UMD’s Jessica Convery to give OSU a 1-0 lead. Skaggs’ goal was her 18th of the season, which leads the WCHA. Emma Maltais tallied her 22nd assist of the year on the goal, helping extend her WCHA leading points total to 32. Jincy Dunne also earned an assist on the goal.

UMD tied things early in the third period on an Anna Klein goal, and the Bulldogs completed the rally with another goal from Klein with 5:30 remaining in the game. The Buckeyes made a last ditch effort to tie the game, but it fell short as the Bulldogs skated away with the 2-1 win.

“I thought the girls played fantastic, they did all the right things and they did the little things right too,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We’ve just got to find a way to score. We lost sight of that this weekend. We dominated the shots, but we just couldn’t score. I thought we were the better team, but sometimes sports don’t go your way.”

Ohio State finished with a 34-to-25 SOG advantage. Maltais led the team with five shots, while Sadek, Skaggs and Julianna Iafallo notched four each.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus for a series with No. 1 Wisconsin next weekend. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6:07 p.m. on Friday.