October 20, 2018

No. 4 Ohio State Falls to No. 3 Minnesota

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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

  • Braendli’s 44 saves are a new career-high, eclipsing her previous high of 33 set last weekend against Minnesota State.
  • After a scoreless first Minnesota got on the board after Taylor Williamson rebounded a shot that Braendli deflected and snuck it past the OSU net minder.
  • In the third the Gophers added to their lead when Catie Skaja took control of a rebound and converted it for a goal.
  • Braendli hit the bench for an extra attacked as the Buckeyes looked to cut into the lead late in the third, but Williamson took advantage of the empty net to make it 3-0 and ice the game for Minnesota.
  • Emma Maltais and Liz Schepers led the Buckeyes with four shots-on-goal each.

First Period

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.

Second Period

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

Third Period

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.

What’s Next?

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.