COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7 Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team (15-10-0, 9-8-0 WCHA) attempted a rally but could not overcome the No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-3-1, 13-3-1 WCHA), dropping the series opener 7-2 on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
Coach Muzerall on the Game
“We fell short with battling in front of the net. They were stronger with their stick in front of the net. Even on their even strength goals we were giving up too many scrums in front of the net and not winning those battles.”
“Offensively we were producing more chances… what really happened was when they came down they scored, and when we came down it was a scrum and we couldn’t bury it.”
“We took it on the chin but at least we went down swinging. We’re gonna come back and we’ve got another round tomorrow”
Ohio State found itself in a hole early after Zumwinkle scored. Oden and Woken scoring shortly after that forced a change in net as starting goaltender Andrea Braendli hit the bench for Lynsey Wallace. The sophomore goalie stopped the bleeding for a while, but Schammel’s goal in the closing moments of the period gave Minnesota a 4-0 lead heading into the second.
Field got the Bucks on the board early in the second with her 11th goal of the season, and 96th point as a Buckeye. The senior is now in sole possession of 12th place in program history with 96 points, and her 54 career goals are good for sixth place all-time at OSU. The Buckeyes continued pressing, but Zumwinkle slowed the OSU rally with her second goal of the game at the 11:19 point of the period. Dunne’s goal just over two minutes later looked like the spark the Buckeyes needed, but Woken and Oden shut the door on that rally with their second goals of the game to put the Bucks down 7-2.
Amanda Zeglen took over in net for the Buckeyes in the third, her first action since October after rehabbing an upper body injury. The sophomore stopped all six shots she faced in the third, but OSU couldn’t cut down the Minnesota lead, eventually falling to the Golden Gophers 7-2.
The Buckeyes wrap up their series with Minnesota tomorrow at the OSU Ice Rink. Tomorrow’s game is a Scarlet Out, and the first 600 fans through the door get Scarlet rally towels. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m.