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
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.
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.
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.
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.