Feb. 21, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s ice hockey team fell to No. 1 Minnesota, 6-0, Saturday night at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. With the loss the Buckeyes fall to 14-11-3 overall and 10-10-2 in the WCHA, while the Golden Gophers improve to 22-4-2 overall and 15-3-2 in WCHA action.
In the opening period, Ohio State held Minnesota scoreless despite being outshot 9-4. The Buckeyes stopped the Golden Gophers on their first power-play of the evening.
Minnesota came out strong in the second period, as the Golden Gophers took a 3-0 lead. Minnesota scored the first goal of the game at 4:59, as Natalie Darwitz scored a 4-on-4 breakaway goal. Krissy Wendell tallied Minnnesota’s second goal on a power-play at 10:03. Senior La Toya Clarke recorded a goal at 15:00 to end the second stanza.
The Buckeyes outshot Minnesota 12-11 in the third period, but were held scoreless. The Gophers tallied three additional goals in the period, two of which came off the stick of Darwitz. The sophomore scored a shorthanded unassisted goal at 2:24 and following five minutes later with a power-play goal. Junior Noelle Sutton posted Minnesota’s second shorthanded goal of the game at 13:37.
Ohio State freshman goaltender Erika Vanderveer (Bradford, Ontario) posted a season-high 37 saves, which tied senior goaltender Melissa Glaser’s (Rockford, Ill.) mark set Jan. 3 vs. St. Cloud State. Minnesota goalie Brenda Reinen earned the shutout as she stopped all 19 Buckeye chances.
Ohio State’s penalty-killing unit held Minnesota on 2-of-4 power plays. OSU was scoreless on its all four power-play opportunities. The Golden Gophers outshot the Buckeyes 43-19 in the game. Ohio State plays host to WCHA rival Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 27-28 at the OSU Ice Rink. Prior to the game Feb. 28, the Buckeyes will pay tribute to the 2004 senior class.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2003-04 OHIO STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY #1 Minnesota vs Ohio State (Feb 21, 2004 at Columbus, Ohio)
Minnesota (22-4-2, 15-3-2 WCHA) vs. Ohio State (14-11-3,10-10-2 WCHA) Date: Feb 21, 2004 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: OSU Ice Rink Attendance:431 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:05 pn Total time:2:00
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Minnesota……….. 0 3 3 – 6 Ohio State………. 0 0 0 – 0
1st period – Penalties – Krysta Skarda, OSU (high sticking) 16:06. 2nd period – 1, MINN, Natalie Darwitz/15 4:59. 2, MINN, Krissy Wendell/23 (Natalie Darwitz/27, Danielle Ashley/13) 10:03 (pp). 3, MINN, La Toya Clarke/18 (Kelly Stephens/34, Krissy Wendell/29) 15:00. Penalties – Krissy Wendell, MINN (checking) 2:08; Krysta Skarda, OSU (roughing) 4:29; Danielle Ashley, MINN (roughing) 4:29; Jeanne Chapple, OSU (cross-checking) 8:43; Jeanne Chapple, OSU (high sticking) 12:55; Becky Wacker, MINN (roughing) 15:34. 3rd period – 4, MINN, Natalie Darwitz/17 2:24 (sh). 5, MINN, Natalie Darwitz/18 (Kelly Stephens/35, La Toya Clarke/17) 7:49 (pp). 6, MINN, Noelle Sutton/10 (Chelsey Brodt/4, Melissa Coulombe/8) 13:37 (sh). Penalties – Kelly Stephens, MINN (interference) 1:53; Erin O’Grady, OSU (cross-checking) 6:02; Krista Johnson, MINN (holding) 12:48. Shots on goal – MINN 9-23-11 43; OSU 4-3-12 19. Power plays – MINN 2 of 4; OSU 0 of 4. Penalties – MINN 5 (10 min); OSU 5 (10 min). Goalies – MINN, Brenda Reinen 7-0-0 (60:00 minutes, 19 shots-19 saves); OSU, Erika Vanderveer 5-2-1 (60:00, 43-37). A-431 T-2:00 Three stars: 1. Natalie Darwitz 2. Krissy Wendell 3. La Toya Clarke Referee:Rick Larson Linesman:Ray Doocey; Shawn Thiele Win-Brenda Reinen (7-0-0). Loss-Erika Vanderveer (5-2-1).