DULUTH, Minn. — The No. 5 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (15-9-0, 9-7-0 WCHA) fell to the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (10-10-2, 6-7-2 WCHA) 6-3 on Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
The Nitty Gritty
Coach Muzerall On the Game
“I think we came out a little flat but when we got that goal late in the first it gave us some energy and led into the second period where we dominated the shots, but then in the third we needed more fire and couldn’t find any. Duluth scored when they needed to… you score three goals on a gold medalist goalie and you hope that’s enough, but then you can’t give up five.”
Ohio State spent much of the opening period on its heels trying to fend off the Bulldogs after Rogge and Brodt both scored in the first 10:23 of the game, and the Jaques goal late in the period slowed the UMD momentum heading into the second.
The Buckeyes tried to harness the fire they sparked at the end of the first and came out swinging in the second, tallying 22 shots-on-goal in the period. Though OSU controlled the puck for most of the period, UMD broke through with a goal from Anna Klein to pad the lead, 3-1. There were more late period heroics on the Ohio State end, this time with Levis finding the back of the net to send OSU into the third down one, 3-2.
OSU opened the period furiously looking for the equalizer, but it was Duluth that scored first in the final frame when Hughes scored to give UMD a 4-2 lead. Skaggs notched her team-leading 13th goal near the midpoint of the period, but an empty net goal from Rogge and a power play goal from Brodt with seconds remaining sent the Buckeyes home with a 6-3 loss.
The Buckeyes look to get back on track next weekend when the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers come to Columbus. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6:07 p.m. on Friday at the OSU Ice Rink.