MANKATO, Minn. – The No. 9-ranked Ohio State women’s ice hockey team tied Minnesota State Saturday afternoon 3-3 and lost the shootout for the extra League point, 2-1. With the draw, the Buckeyes move to 4-2-2 overall (2-2-2 WCHA) and the Mavericks slide to 2-4-2 overall (0-4-2 WCHA). Both weekend games ended in official ties but Minnesota State took the extra League point in each contest.
“I’m proud of the girls that they battled back and had the courage and the legs to do that, but this weekend I think we were our own worst enemies and we fought ourselves a little to put us in those situations,” assistant coach Emily West said.
Ohio State 3, Minnesota State 3
Ohio State once again scored first in the Minnesota State matchup as Tatum Skaggs put away an early goal 7:23 into the contest. Liz Schepers connected with Emma Maltais in the neutral zone who then fed a pass across the goal line to a waiting Skaggs. This marks her third of the season. Minutes later Rebecca Freiburger was sent to the box for an interference call and the Mavericks converted with a player advantage 13 seconds before Freiburger was released from the box. The score held at 1-all for the remainder of the period.
The Mavericks made their mark on the second period, scoring two goals to put them ahead 3-1 in the 14th minute. Brooke Bryant tallied the opening goal in the sixth minute of the period and Tristen Traux broke through the Buckeye defense for a breakaway goal with six minutes remaining in the second. Ohio State buckled down on offense and outshot the Mavericks 11-2 in the second period. With 1:42 remaining, Jincy Dunne fired off a low shot from inside the blue line to cut the Mavericks’ lead to one. The goal was Dunne’s first of the year.
The Buckeyes trailed by one going into the final period but Dunne converted for her second of the day just over the halfway mark. Skaggs carried the puck deep into the zone and dished it off to Dunne at the top of the circle who fired one past Calla Frank’s blocker to tie the game at 3-all.
“Jincy is a leader even without the letter,” West said. “Both on and off the ice she does great things. Any time you have to come back from a deficit against any team is challenging, and so for her to step into that role and lead the girls was very big.”
The two teams went scoreless once again in the first five-on-five overtime period to force the three-on-three sudden victory period. Ohio State opened play with the majority of the chances as Maltais, Skaggs and Lisa Bruno took the ice for the first shift. Neither team could convert however and the game went to a shootout where Minnesota State secured the League point with the 2-1 advantage.
Shootout Summary (Minnesota State 2, Ohio State 1)
OSU: Emma Maltais – Made
MSU: Kelsey King – Made
OSU: Liz Schepers – Missed
MSU: Anna Wilgren – Missed
OSU: Gabby Rosenthal – Missed
MSU: Sofia Poinar – Missed
OSU: Jincy Dunne – Missed
MSU: Emily Antony – Made