MANKATO, Minn. – The No. 9-ranked Ohio State women’s ice hockey team tied with Minnesota State Friday afternoon 1-1 after a scoreless five-on-five overtime period but dropped the League point as the Mavericks converted in the sudden victory three-on-three period. With the result, the Buckeyes move to 4-2-1 overall (2-2-1 WCHA) and the Mavericks move to 2-4-1 overall (0-4-1 WCHA). The teams close out the weekend series at 2:07 p.m. CT Saturday at the Mankato Civic Center.
“I think our mindset was pretty good going into overtime,” Emily West, Ohio State assistant coach, said. “Our girls in that last 20 minutes started to play their game finally. Tomorrow just comes down to how bad we want it. That one stings and it’s not something we wanted to be going through today but it’s gut check time for the girls now.”
Ohio State 1, Minnesota State 2
The Buckeyes started strong in Mankato as they got off seven shots before Minnesota State registered one of its own. Just under three minutes into the first period Madison Oelkers was sent to the box for hooking, giving Ohio State its first power play opportunity of the contest. With 28 seconds remaining in the power play, Madison Bizal scored her second career goal to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 advantage in the fifth minute. The goal was assisted by Jenn Gardiner and Teghan Inglis and was the third power play goal of the season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State outshot Minnesota State 11-8 in the opening period with Sophie Jaques tallying three.
Minnesota State evened the score in the second period as Claire Butorac scored her third goal of the season in the 14th minute of play. Both teams played a fairly even 20 minutes as the Mavericks put up 12 shots in the period to Ohio State’s 10. The Buckeyes and Mavericks both had two penalties each but neither team could convert on the man advantage. At the end of the second, Ohio State had the overall lead in shots 21-20 with Brooke Bink leading the way with four.
Minnesota State’s second period goal was the last point of regulation as both teams went scoreless in the third. Ohio State had the advantage in third-period shots, 12-5, but could not convert for the go-ahead goal. At the end of regulation, Braendli tallied 24 saves.
The Buckeyes and Mavericks played a scoreless opening five minutes of overtime, tallying two shots each, to force the three-on-three period. With no decision after the first overtime period, the contest is scored as an official tie. Ohio State notched the first few opportunities of the second overtime period but it was Kelsey King who put away the sudden victory goal to give the Mavericks the extra League point.