Nov. 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team (7-5-0, 5-4-0-0 WCHA) dropped a 4-2 decision to second-ranked Minnesota (8-1-2, 6-1-2-0 WCHA) Friday evening at the OSU Ice Rink. The teams will close the series at 2 p.m. (ET) Saturday in Columbus.
Minnesota had an early scoring opportunity at 2:31 into the first period, but the goal was called off after further review due to the net being off. Kassidy Sauve tallied 11 saves to keep the Gophers at bay until a goal from Maryanne Menefee at the 19:34 mark brought the Gophers up, 1-0. Once the opening 20 minutes concluded, shots were 11-8 in favor of Minnesota.
In the high-scoring, chippy second period both teams combined for a total of five goals and nine penalties. Minnesota added to their lead, 2-0, at 2:39 into the period with a one-timer through the back door. After a scramble in front of the net, Gopher Meghan Lorence claimed a power-play goal, Minnesota’s second goal of the period, bringing the score to 3-0 at 9:58. The Buckeyes responded with back-to-back goals, cutting the Gopher lead to 3-2. Taylor Kuehl recorded her first goal of the season then added her second 14 seconds later. The Gophers fired back with a goal at the 11:44 mark, 4-2. Sauve made key saves throughout the period, registering 21 saves by the end. Minnesota held a 13-5 advantage in shots for the second period.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the third period, but neither claimed a goal. Sauve earned her third period of 10-plus saves – 11, 10, 19.
Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes, 44-18, in the game. Sauve played all 60 minutes and recorded 40 saves for the Scarlet and Gray. Minnesota goalie Amanda Leveille had 16 saves in 59:45.
Ohio State was 2-for-4 on the power play in the game and the Gophers converted 2-of-5 chances.