Nov. 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team fell by a score of 5-3 to the second-ranked Minnesota Gophers Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink. With the result, the Buckeyes move to 7-6-0 overall on the season and 5-5-0-0 in conference play. The Gophers improve to 9-1-2 overall and 7-1-2-0 in the WCHA with the win.
In the first period of play, Minnesota stuck first with a power-play goal at the 8:47 mark, 1-0. The goal, scored by Meghan Lorence, was tallied on the Gophers’ only man advantage situation of the stanza. Ohio State was unable to covert on its singular power play opportunity. Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve recorded nine stops, while Minnesota held a 10-5 advantage in shots.
Ohio State responded quickly to start the second, with a goal from senior Sara Schmitt 1:28 into the period. Scoring on a rebound off shot attempts from teammates Melani Moylan and Julia McKinnon, Schmitt tied the game 1-1 while tallying her third goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, Minnesota reclaimed the lead, 2-1, off another score from Lorence. Ohio State would again match the Gophers at 12:33 with a power-play goal from senior Taylor Kuehl. Kuehl continued to be an asset for the Buckeyes, with a three goal total for the series. The period ended with the Gophers ahead, 3-2, after Rachel Ramsey found the back of the net in the final minute. For the period, Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes 15-10.
Minnesota built a 5-2 lead early in the third period off an even-strength goal from Kate Schipper at 2:35 and a short-handed score from Lorence at 7:27. Sophomore Claudia Kepler brought the Buckeyes within two, scoring with just over five minutes remaining in the game. She was assisted on the play by Schmitt and Moylan. Sauve was credited with eight saves in the stanza.
Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes, 35-21, in the game. Sauve played all 59 minutes and recorded 30 saves for the Scarlet and Gray. Minnesota goalie Amanda Leveille had 18 saves overall.
Ohio State was 1-for-4 on the power play in the game and the Gophers converted 1-of-5 chances.
Ohio State will next travel to Grand Forks, N.D. for a series with North Dakota, Nov. 21-22. The teams will face off 8 p.m. (ET) on Friday and 5 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.