January 17, 2020

No. 5 Ohio State Downs No. 1 Minnesota, 4-1

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Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 5-ranked Ohio State women’s ice hockey toppled No. 1 Minnesota on Friday evening, 4-1. Gabby Rosenthal scored twice while Rebecca Freiburger and Sophie Jaques notched a goal and an assist each. Ohio State is now 2-1 against the Gophers this season. With the win, Ohio State improves to 14-5-4 (9-3-3 WCHA) and Minnesota moves to 19-2-3 (11-2-2 WCHA).

Buckeye Bits

  • Minnesota natives Gabby Rosenthal and Rebecca Freiburger both posted two points each. Rosenthal scored two goals while Freiburger added a goal and an assist.
  • Sophie Jaques also tallied two points with a goal and an assist. Jaques’ opening goal was during 4-on-4 play due to matching penalties.
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Gophers, 34-22
  • Andrea Braendli posted 21 saves in the contest and improves to 11-4-4 on the season.

Ohio State 4, Minnesota 1

First Period

In the eleventh minute of the opening frame, Liz Schepers and Sarah Potomak were sent off for matching penalties and sophomore defender Sophie Jaques lit the lamp a minute and a half later. She was assisted by Rebecca Freiburger and Sara Saekkinen for her fourth goal of the season. With less than four minutes left in the period, Minnesota’s Taylor Heise equalized on a low-angle shot. Ohio State outshot Minnesota 12-7 in the first.

Second Period

The Buckeyes scored three goals in the second period to go ahead, 4-1 with 20 minutes left to play. Ohio State took the lead as Gabby Rosenthal scored the go-ahead goal just 22 seconds into the period. Emma Maltais’ low shot was knocked down by Sydney Scobee but the rebound was Rosenthal’s for the taking. Halfway through the period, Freiburger tallied her second point of the day as she rifled off a shot from the hash marks. Her goal put the Buckeyes up 3-1. With time ticking down, Rosenthal put the exclamation point on the second period and scored her second of the day.

Third Period

The score held at 4-1 throughout the final frame while Ohio State outshot Minnesota 34-22. Andrea Braendli posted 21 saves on the day while Tatum Skaggs led the team with seven shots on goal. Lisa Bruno notched a team-high five blocked shots.