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Steffes makes 50 saves in 8-0 loss to defending NCAA champs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman goaltender Lisa Steffes became just the third Buckeye to make 50 or more saves in a game Saturday, but the Ohio State women’s hockey team split its series at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth with an 8-0 loss at the DECC in Duluth, Minn.

Steffes stopped 50 shots for the first 50-save game since Deidre Facklis had as many Dec. 9, 2007 and was only four shy of tying the record set by April Stojak Jan. 28, 2000. All three performances were set against Minnesota Duluth.

Ohio State moves to 7-6-1 overall and 3-6-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. UMD is 9-3-0 and 7-3-0 in the league. It was the first time the Buckeyes were shut out this season as well as the first time they were held scoreless in 24 games.

Haley Irwin led the Bulldogs with six points on a hat trick and three assists. Brienna Gillanders scored twice while Elin Holmlov had three points on a goal and two assists. Five UMD players finished with multiple points.

Minnesota Duluth got on the board early once again with an unassisted goal by Irwin just 28 seconds into the game. Gillanders then added a power play goal at 9:09 for a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Steffes made 20 saves alone in the opening period.

The Bulldogs scored twice again in the second period, starting with a shorthanded goal by Irwin at 5:06. Katherine Wilson added an even-strength goal at 12:52 for the 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Another goal in the opening minute of the third period put UMD up 5-0 with Gillanders scoring on the power play 21 seconds into the stanza. Irwin completed the hat trick at 11:50, and Aundrey Cournoyer tallied another goal 8 seconds later. Holmlov scored the eighth and final goal in the last minute at 19:22.

Overall, the Bulldogs had a 58-12 advantage in shots. Ohio State was 0-of-1 on the power play while Minnesota Duluth was 2-of-4. Kim Martin had 11 saves in the UMD net to move to 6-2-0.

Up next, the Buckeyes face Bemidji State in a home series Nov. 26-27. Games begin at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink and admission, as always, is free.