Oct. 19, 2012

Minneapolis, Minn.- No. 1 Minnesota jumped out to a two goal lead in the opening period and never looked back, beating No. 6/7 Ohio State 7-2, Friday night at Ridder Arena.

“The game tonight was definitely not the result we were looking for,” Nate Handrahan, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “Our opponent played fast and hard and we did not. We all need to be better tomorrow afternoon, coaches included. It starts with us.”

Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp took the loss to fall to 5-2-0 on the season. Knapp stopped 27 of 32 shots faced in 41:53 of play. Junior Lisa Steffes made her first appearance of the season for the Buckeyes, stopping nine of 11 shots faced in 18:04 of play in the third period. Senior goaltender Noora Raty made 15 saves while allowing two goals for Minnesota.

Ohio State got two goals from sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl, her second multiple-point game this season. It was the first multiple-goal game for Kuehl in her collegiate career.   

The Golden Gophers struck for the first time 12:07 into the first period as Division I women’s hockey leader in goals scored, freshman Hannah Brandt, got the puck past Knapp for a 1-0 lead. Junior Amanda Kessel made it a two goal deficit for the Buckeyes at the 14:29 mark of period one.

Period number two began similarly to the first as Minnesota once again tallied two scores, this time from sophomore Rachel Ramsey at 6:25 and freshman Milica McMillen at 11:06, to take a four goal lead.

Kuehl got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard for the first time with 17 seconds left on the clock in the second period. The score came on the power play and assists went to junior forward Ally Tarr and freshman forward Julia McKinnon.  

Minnesota added three more in the third period with goals from Brandt (1:56), junior Kelly Terry (13:12) and sophomore Rachel Bona (19:37).

Kuehl got her second goal of the night at the 12:55 mark of the final period with the assist going to Tarr, her second of the game. For Kuehl it was her fourth goal of the season and the seventh of her career.

The Buckeyes were 1-5 on the power play while Minnesota went 2-6. Shots on goal were 43-17 in favor of the Golden Gophers.

Ohio State (5-2-0, 3-2-0 WCHA) and Minnesota (7-0-0, 3-0-0 WCHA) will be back in action Saturday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis with game time set for 2:07 p.m. ET.