Jan. 27, 2017
Duluth, Minn.— Ohio State (11-13-3, 5-13-3-1 WCHA) opened its weekend with a 6-1 loss to No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (17-4-4, 14-4-3 WCHA) on Friday night.
The Buckeyes entered the third period tied with the Bulldogs, but five goals in the final frame ultimately doomed the Scarlet and Gray, including a stretch of four goals in 1:40 of game time.
Ohio State’s lone goal came from freshman Rebecca Freiburger. Pressure from Katie Matheny helped force a turnover in UMD’s zone, where the puck was picked up by Katie Mikkelsen in the neutral zone. The freshman brought it back in and dished it off to Jincy Dunne, who threaded a pass through a few Bulldog skaters and found the stick of Freiburger. Her fifth goal of the season came with 4:53 remaining in the first period and tied the game up at 1-1, a score that would hold through the second period and into the third. Mikkelsen and Dunne were awarded assists for their effort on the play; it was Dunne’s ninth helper of the season and Mikkelsen’s first.
After being outshot 14-3 in the first period, Ohio State upped its offensive output to six shots in the second and 10 shots in the third. Maddy Field and Jincy Dunne led the way with four shots apiece, while Jessica Dunne and Jacyn Reeves each fired off three.
The aforementioned third period featured five goals from Minnesota Duluth. The nominal game-winner came 2:34 into the period, but the four goals in rapid succession sealed the deal for the Bulldogs.
A total of six penalties were committed tonight, five of which came in the scoreless second period. Though Ohio State failed to convert on its three power plays, it generated eight shots when skating a man up. On the defensive end, the Buckeyes blocked 16 shots, led by Jincy Dunne and Dani Sadek, who each got in the way of four UMD shots.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow, Saturday, at 5:07 p.m. ET