Jan. 29, 2016
Duluth, Minn.— Fresh off their unbeaten conference weekend against Minnesota State last week, the Ohio State women’s hockey team (9-17-1, 5-15-1 WCHA) defeated Minnesota Duluth (9-17-1, 6-14-1 WCHA) tonight 6-4.
Over the last two games the Buckeyes have scored 14 goals, the most in a two-game span since October 2012 when they also scored 14 over a weekend series against Bemidji State.
Minnesota Duluth actually got things started on the scoring end tonight; Bulldog Michela Cava’s backhander found the back of the net to give UMD a 1-0 lead. Just 20 seconds later though, Dani Sadek fired a shot on the power play that resulted in her third goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Kendall Curtis and Claudia Kepler assisted on the goal for Ohio State. A few minutes later, Cava would respond with another goal, this one also on the power play, to make it 2-1.
From that point, Ohio State would score a couple straight goals to turn the one goal deficit into a one goal advantage. First it was Lauren Spring who scored at the 13:37 mark; the sophomore was able to get her stick on a loose puck in front of the net and easily put away yet another power play goal to tie the game. Then it was Lauren Boyle who, again, was able to convert on the power play. The freshman fired a screamer of a shot past the UMD goalie for her second goal of the season to make the score 3-2. With just 31 seconds left in the period, though, Minnesota Duluth would join the power play goal party to tie the game at 3-3. All told there were five power play goals in the first 20 minutes, with the first goal of the game being the lone even strength score.
The second period was all Ohio State. After entering the frame tied at 3-3, the Scarlet and Gray scored three unanswered goals to take a 6-3 lead. Kepler started the scoring just 1:17 into the period to give Ohio State a lead that it would not relinquish. Curtis notched her team-leading 12th goal of the year just over a minute later, and Melani Moylan added on a sixth goal for good measure. Moylan’s goal came on the power play, making Ohio State 4-for-5 with the man advantage.
That three goal lead eventually became a two goal lead after Minnesota Duluth’s Morgan Morse scored about halfway through the third period, making the score 6-4 that would hold as the final.
The three-game unbeaten streak is the longest for Ohio State this season, with the recent uptick in offense being perhaps the biggest reason for that.
The Buckeyes will look to continue their offensive tear tomorrow, Saturday, at 5:07 pm.