January 19, 2019

No. 5 Buckeyes Drop Finale Against Bulldogs

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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

  • Just like Friday’s game, Naomi Rogge opened the game with a goal for the Bulldogs at the 9:08 point of the first.
  • Sydney Brodt added to the Duluth lead with a goal just 1:15 later.
  • The Buckeyes locked in after that, and in the closing moments of the period Sophie Jaques converted a power play to cut the UMD lead in half, 2-1, heading into intermission.
  • As the Bucks continued pressing it was Duluth’s Anna Klein that scored, bumping the Bulldog’s lead up to 3-1.
  • Paetyn Levis got in on the scoring, notching her second goal of the season at the 17:17 mark of the second to make it a one goal game before the break.
  • In the third Gabbie Hughes scored one for the Bulldogs to give them some cushion, making it 4-2 with 17:03 left in the game.
  • That cushion wouldn’t last long as Tatum Skaggs scored to cut the lead to one, 4-3, with 11:44 left to play.
  • Buckeye goaltender Lynsey Wallace hit the bench with 1:59 to play as the Buckeyes tried to score the equalizer, but Rogge took control of the puck and slid it into the empty OSU net. With four seconds left to play Brodt fired on into the back of the net to seal the 6-3 loss for the Buckeyes.
  • Lauren Boyle, Charly Dahlquist, Madison Field, Lisa Bruno, Jacyn Reeves and Levis all tallied assists for the Buckeyes.

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.”

First Period

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.

Second Period

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.

Third Period

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.

What’s Next?

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.