October 20, 2018

No. 4 Ohio State Knocks Off No. 3 Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team bounced back to defeat the No. 3 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-2 on Saturday in Ridder Arena.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Sophie Jaques put the Buckeyes up early with the first goal of her career just 5:15 into the game.
  • Minnesota tied the game with a goal from Nicole Schammel with 6:39 to go in the opening period.
  • The 1-1 deadlock held until Emma Maltais scored on a power play in the second period to put OSU up 2-1.
  • Madison Field added to the Ohio State lead with a goal at the 4:44 point of the third.
  • With time winding down in the third Taylor Williamson scored to cut into the Ohio State lead, but the Buckeyes withstood the final Minnesota onslaught to come away with a 3-2 win.
  • Goaltender Andrea Braendli made 40 saves, bringing her total to 84 for the series.
  • Jincy Dunne notched two assists, while Maltais added an assist of her own on the game winner from Field.

First Period

Ohio State wasted no time in getting on the board Saturday with Jaques finding the back of the net. It was the first goal of the freshman’s Buckeye career. Minnesota kept the pressure up, eventually tying it with Shammel’s goal. Minnesota held a 16-to-9 shots-on-goal advantage after one.

Second Period

The second period appeared to be a stalemate as neither team could find the back of the net, but the Maltais power-play-goal at 12:12 put the Buckeyes up 2-1. Less than a minute after the goal Sara Saekkinen went to the box for interference, but Braendli stood tall as the stout Buckeye penalty kill took care of business, helping send OSU into the third with a 2-1 lead.

Third Period

Ohio State extended its lead early in the third with Field’s goal. The Golden Gophers attempted to rally with Williamson’s goal at 17:28 and followed that with an empty net and extra attacker, but the Buckeyes stood tall to secure the 3-2 win. After being outshot in the opening periods, Ohio State outshot Minnesota 13-to-10 in the third.

What’s Next

The Buckeyes head to Canton, N.Y. for a series at St. Lawrence. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, October 26.