DULUTH, Minn. – A 32-save performance from goalie Andrea Braendli and a second-period goal by Brooke Bink were enough as No. 3 Ohio State earned a weekend split at No. 6 Minnesota Duluth with a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 6-4 while the Bulldogs fall to 5-3.
Braendli notched her first shutout of the season and the 11th of her career, all while helping the Buckeyes earn their first win at Minnesota Duluth since January of 2016.
🗣️ Head coach Nadine Muzerall talked with us after tonight's 1-0 win over Minnesota Duluth…
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“We definitely challenged them last night,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said last a 2-0 loss on Friday evening. “It was a tough loss and uncharacteristic of us. As coaches, we challenged to find a way to win and be a united front, to get the job done and act like the third place team in the country. They all did it together, which makes the win even sweeter.”
Ohio State’s offense generated plenty of good scoring opportunities early and outshot the Bulldogs 18-9 in the opening stanza but couldn’t put one past goalie Emma Soderberg. The Buckeyes also successfully killed off the one Minnesota Duluth penalty of the first period and even generated two shots of their own along the way.
Braendli stopped all nine UMD shots and five were blocked in front of her. Faceoffs were nearly even at 10-9 in favor of Minnesota Duluth.
The Buckeyes continued to put pressure on the Minnesota Duluth defense by generating scoring opportunities and finally finished one with at the 18:42 mark of the period. After a save, Braendli sent the puck up the ice to Teghan Inglis, who then got it ahead to Brooke Bink. She took a shot on Soderberg and then poked the rebound attempt past her to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead.
It was the first goal of the season for Bink and the first points of the year for Inglis and Braendli. It was just the second point in Braendli’s 68-game career (she also had an assist last season).
Braendli and the defense in front of her kept Minnesota Duluth off the scoreboard thanks to 13 saves over the final 20 minutes. Ohio State had looked to score an insurance goal by Sophie Jaques to go ahead 2-0 late in the period, but it was waved off by the officials.
Ohio State killed off both Minnesota Duluth penalties on the game and are now 21 for 21 on the season on the penalty kill.
Shots: Ohio State 45, Minnesota Duluth 32
Saves: Minnesota Duluth (Soderberg) 44, Ohio State (Braendli) 32
Power Play: Ohio State 0-1, Minnesota Duluth 0-2
Scoring (G-A-P): Brooke Bink 1-0-1; Andrea Braendli 0-0-1; Teghan Inglis 0-1-1
After consecutive weekends on the road, Ohio State begins a four-game homestand next Friday, Jan. 22 when it hosts Minnesota State at the OSU Ice Rink. Puck drop is set for 6:07 p.m.