December 3, 2021

Ohio State Falls in Top 10 Matchup to Minnesota Duluth, 5-2


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Unable to complete a third period comeback, the No. 2 Ohio State women’s hockey team fell, 5-2, to No. 9 Minnesota Duluth on Friday at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn.

How it Happened

The Bulldogs were first on the board, netting their opening goal at 1:45 into the game. The team added another two goals in the next nine minutes to build a 3-0 lead over the Buckeyes. Ohio State held a 24-17 edge in shots with 14 falling on target but were unable to put any in the back of the net.

Ohio State held its opponent to one goal in the second frame while the Bulldogs managed to keep the Buckeyes scoreless despite 16 shots and eight shots on goal. Ohio State faced a 4-0 deficit at the second intermission.

Jenn Gardiner scored the Buckeyes’ first goal of the night at 2:50 into the final period, striking from behind the goal line to cut the Bulldog lead to three. At 6:07, she took a shot that the team thought may have gone in, but after official review was confirmed no-goal. Clair DeGeorge put away Ohio State’s second goal after collecting a rebounded shot from Liz Schepers.

The Buckeyes pulled goaltender Amanda Thiele at numerous points in the finals minutes of the game to give themselves the man-up advantage, but Minnesota Duluth scored on the empty net with 1:40 left on the clock to put an end to the Ohio State comeback.

Andrea Braendli and Amanda Thiele split time in goal for Ohio State. Braendli started the first 10 minutes for Ohio State and Thiele played for just over 48 minutes. Thiele picked up 17 saves against the Bulldogs while Braendli make six.

Game Notes

  • Jenn Gardiner scored her 30th point and 11th goal of the season against the Bulldogs. She has doubled her previous season-high point marks of 15 in her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
  • Clair DeGeorge tallied her 10th goal of the year, a career single-season high for the graduate student. Her previous record was nine goals during the 2018-19 season.
  • Adding her first point in three games with a helper on Gardiner’s goal, Jenna Buglioni is tied for second on the team with 17 assists on the year.
  • Madison Bizal is one point shy of 50 for her career with an assist on Friday night. She has recorded 49 career points on 5 goals and 44 assists for the Buckeyes.
  • Thiele’s 17 saves against Minnesota Duluth are the third-most for her career as a Buckeye. She has played in nine goals between the pipes for Ohio State.
  • The game against Minnesota Duluth marked the third top 10 rated opponent the Buckeyes have faced this season. The team is 2-3-0 in the contests, which have all been played on the road.
  • The five goals scored by the Bulldogs are the most goals Ohio State has allowed since losing 4-7 to Minnesota on Jan. 29, 2021. The Buckeyes allowed three goals in the first period for the first time since the Gophers scored four against the team in the opening frame on Jan. 25, 2019.

Statistically Speaking
Shots: Ohio State 69, Minnesota Duluth 46
Saves: Minnesota Duluth (Soderberg) 39, Ohio State (Thiele) 17
Power Play: Ohio State 0-3, Minnesota Duluth 0-3
Faceoffs: Ohio State 32, Minnesota Duluth 30
Ohio State Scoring: DeGeorge (1-0-1), Gardiner (1-0-1), Bizal (0-1-1), Buglioni (0-1-1), Schepers (0-1-1)

Up Next

The Buckeyes are set for a rematch against the Bulldogs tomorrow, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. ET. The game can be streamed live on B1G+ (subscription required).