MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Goaltender Andrea Braendli made 44 saves, but the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team could not overcome the No. 3 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, falling 3-0 on Friday night in Ridder Arena.
The Nitty Gritty
Ohio State came out firing in the first period, notching the first three SOG of the game in the opening moments. Neither team could find the back of the net in the opening period, sending us to the second tied 0-0. Both teams put 10 SOG in the first. Schepers led the way for the Bucks with four SOG. Maltais tallied a pair of SOG, while Charly Dahlquist, Madison Bizal, Lisa Bruno and Jacyn Reeves notched a shot each.
For the first 11 minutes of the second it looked like neither team would get on the board, but a after a rebounded shot got away from OSU goaltender Andrea Braendli Williamson slid the puck into the Ohio State net to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. Minnesota put 18 SOG in the second while holding the Buckeyes to five
The Buckeyes entered the period looking for an equalizer, but could not get anything past Minnesota goaltender Alex Gulstene. With time winding down in the game Skaja converted another rebound to add to the Minnesota lead. An empty netter from Williamson with 32 seconds to play iced the game, handing the Buckeyes a 3-0 loss in the series opener.
Ohio State hits the ice tomorrow looking for a split with the Golden Gophers. Puck drop is set for 4:07 p.m. ET in Ridder Arena.