Feb. 27, 2016
Columbus, Ohio—Ohio State’s season ended on Saturday with a 5-0 loss to No. 2 Minnesota in the WCHA Quarterfinals. The Buckeyes will end the season with an overall record of 10-25-1 and a conference record of 6-21-1-1.
Minnesota scored one goal each in the first and third periods and notched three scores in the second. Dani Cameranesi of the Golden Gophers, the third-most prolific goal scorer in the nation, recorded a hat trick en route to a four point day.
Though the Buckeyes were on the wrong end of Saturday’s final decision, they came out firing in that first period. They tallied 11 shots to Minnesota’s 12, but those numbers aren’t truly indicative of how many odd-man rushes and quality chances Ohio State created in that period by the likes of Maddy Field and Claudia Kepler. Based on those alone OSU was even closer than the one goal differential would show. Another positive from that period was the play of Alex LaMere, who played a big part of keeping the game within one goal for as long as it was.
In the second period, Minnesota’s first goal came at the 6:04 mark but the second and third goals came pretty close together at 15:48 and 17:15. When the second goal of the period was scored to make the score 3-0, a Buckeye skater was whistled for a penalty on the play, sending Ohio State to the penalty kill right after giving up a goal. The goal that came at 17:15 was scored on the power play and made the score 4-0. The Gophers scored the game’s final goal at 13:29 of the third period on their way to the 5-0 victory.
Both Field and Kepler were among Ohio State’s leaders in shots tonight with four apiece, and defenseman Lauren Boyle leading the way with five. Field’s zero points snaps a four-game point streak, her second such streak since mid-January. All told, the rookie ended her season with a point in 9 of her last 12 games.