COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5-ranked Ohio State women’s ice hockey team completed the conference sweep against Minnesota State, putting up eight goals to Mankato’s four on Saturday evening. In the contest, seven different Buckeyes tallied goals while freshman Jenn Gardiner scored a pair and Emma Maltais notched a short-handed score. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 13-5-4 (8-3-3 WCHA) and the Mavericks slip to 7-12-4 (2-10-2 WCHA).
Ohio State 8, Minnesota State 4
The Mavericks took their first and only lead of the weekend seven minutes into the contest. Sofia Poinar’s initial shot was saved by Andrea Braendli but the rebound went straight up and took an unlucky bounce behind the Buckeye netminder. Ohio State served two penalties in the opening period but special teams killed off the first and equalized on the second, scoring their first short-handed goal of the season. Liz Schepers sent a board pass to Emma Maltais who walked the puck into the offensive zone and sent one flying past Calla Frank. The equalizer came with 37 seconds left in the opening stanza.
Sophie Jaques opened scoring in the 10th minute with a shot from inside the blue line, giving the Buckeyes the go-ahead goal on the power play. Just over three minutes later Maltais took a shot off the faceoff and Tatum Skaggs put away the rebound in front of Frank. With the Buckeyes leading 3-1, Jessica Kondas answered with a power play goal of her own against Ohio State. Less than a minute later, Sara Saekkinen forced a turnover and found freshman Jenn Gardiner who extended the Ohio State lead once again. The Mavericks had the last say in the period however as Mariah Gardner found the back of the net in the 19th minute. The score held at 4-3 in favor of the Buckeyes after two.
Ohio State doubled its score in the final frame, scoring four goals. Gabby Rosenthal started the scoring just 1:25 into the period and Jenn Gardiner and Jincy Dunne followed, all within the next four minutes. Dunne let one fly from the blue line while the Buckeyes were a on the power play, making the power play unit 2-5 on the day. Minnesota State scored their final point of the outing in the seventh minute but Liz Schepers answered for her first of the day. The score held at 8-4 with Ohio State outshooting the Mavericks 32-21.