January 18, 2019

Buckeyes Stumble at Duluth

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DULUTH, Minn. — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (15-8-0, 9-6-0 WCHA) stumbled in its series opener against the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (9-10-2, 5-7-2 WCHA), falling 4-1 on Friday night at Amsoil Arena.

Quoting Coach Muzerall

On the penalties in the first period dictating the game

“We can’t emphasize this enough, when playing games in this league we can’t play a man down.”

On the effort shown in the third to try and cap off the rally

“We’re going to need to have that momentum from the third in all three periods tomorrow. We talked the them before the game about not waiting until the third and that we need to come out flying in the first.”

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Bulldogs struck first when Naomi Rogge scored on a power play at the 6:37 mark of the first.
  • Just under two minutes later Gabby Rosenthal scored the first goal of her Buckeye career to even things up at 1-1.
  • UMD broke the tie quickly with a goal from Sydney Brodt at the 9:10 point to take a 2-1 lead.
  • Anna Klein added to the Duluth lead with a goal at the 16:30 mark, and Rogge netted her second PPG of the game with 21 seconds left in the first to send the Buckeyes into the locker room with a 4-1 deficit.
  • Lynsey Wallace took over in net for the Buckeyes in the second, notching her first regular season action in her OSU career.
  • After a scoreless second the Buckeyes cut into the UMD lead with a goal from Madison Field at the 6:21 mark of the third.
  • As OSU tried to keep the rally going late in the third Gabbie Hughes flung the puck into the empty Buckeye net to seal a 5-2 loss for Ohio State.
  • Field, Sam Bouley and Jacyn Reeves all tallied assists for the Buckeyes.
  • Wallace finished with 17 saves for her two periods of action. Braendli notched 11 saves in the first period.

First Period

Most of the game’s action came in the opening 20 minutes with Rogge opening the scoring, followed by Rosenthal notching her first career goal. The Bulldogs took advantage of some Buckeye penalties and rattled off three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead into the break.

Second Period

The scoring ceased in the second as Wallace took over in net for the Bucks and stopped all 13 shots she faced in the period. The 4-1 UMD lead carried into the second as the Buckeyes looked to rally in the third.

Third Period

Wallace continued to stonewall the Bulldogs in the third as Field scored to cut into the Duluth lead, but when the Buckeyes were forced to go with an empty net in an effort to finish the rally, Hughes deposited the puck into the empty net to seal the 5-2 loss for the Bucks.

What’s Next?

The Buckeyes hit the ice looking for a split with the Bulldogs tomorrow. Puck drop is set for 5:07 p.m. ET at Amsoil Arena.