Jan. 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie and picked up the extra league point by winning the shootout over No. 1 Minnesota Saturday night at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
Senior Ally Tarr scored the game-tying goal with 1:41 remaining in regulation and sophomore Kendall Curtis scored the lone shootout goal in the ninth round to give the Buckeyes two points in the WCHA standings.
Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes blanked the top-ranked Gophers on nine attempts in the shootout and finished regulation and overtime with 28 saves. The Buckeyes were outshot in the game 36-25. Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille was nearly as impressive in the shootout, stopping the first eight OSU attempts before finally being beaten by Curtis. Leveille had 23 saves in the game.
The Buckeyes took the game’s first lead at the 9:53 mark of the second period as sophomore Julia McKinnon fired one past Leveille for her third goal of the season. Junior Danielle Gagne was credited with the lone assist on the play after the set up for McKinnon.
The Gophers fought back though, tying the game 1:47 into the third with only a few seconds remaining on a power play opportunity as Baylee Gillanders found the back of the net. Minnesota finished 1-4 on the power play while the Buckeyes were held scoreless on four attempts of their own.
Minnesota took the lead after a Rachael Ramsey shot got by the glove save attempt by Steffes. The score put the Gophers up 2-1 at 11:05 of the final period.
The tying score from Tarr then came after a pass up ice from junior Taylor Kuehl left Tarr alone with just Leveille to beat. The goal was number four for Tarr this season. Assists on the score came from Kuehl and junior Kari Schmitt.
The tie marks just the second time in Minnesota’s last 71 games that they have failed to win. The Gophers NCAA record 62-game win streak was halted back in November by North Dakota and they had won seven straight since that loss. It was the first Ohio State win over Minnesota since Oct. 20, 2007.
Ohio State (8-12-2, 3-11-2 WCHA) heads back to the state of Minnesota again Jan. 18-19 for a series at Minnesota Duluth. Game times are scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET both Saturday and Sunday at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.