COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State women’s hockey team earned a 2-1 win over No. 8 Minnesota Duluth Friday evening in Duluth, Minn. The Buckeyes (14-1-2, 13-1-1 WCHA) earned their fifth straight conference win with the victory over the Bulldogs (11-6-0, 5-6-0 WCHA) at Amsoil Arena.
How it Happened
The first goal of the game went to the Buckeyes with just 1:27 to play in the opening period. Ohio State capitalized off its first power play opportunity of the day as Paetyn Levis scored off assists from Emma Peschel and Emma Maltais.
Ohio State put up eight shots on goal in the second period, but nothing got past Bulldog goaltender Emma Soderberg. Ohio State’s netminder Raygan Kirk made eight stops of her own in the frame to keep Minnesota Duluth scoreless as the Buckeyes kept the 1-0 lead after 40:00 of action.
Maltais extended the Scarlet and Gray lead and added her second point of the game with a goal at 4:03. Gabby Rosenthal and Makenna Webster earned helpers on the goal to make it a two-goal advantage for the Buckeyes.
Minnesota Duluth ended up pulling Soderberg in the final minutes of the game for the extra skater. The Bulldogs managed to score their first and only goal of the game with 59 seconds to play. Despite the late push by Duluth, Ohio State was able to fend off the comeback attempt.
Kirk tallied 19 saves in the final frame to keep the Bulldogs to just one goal on the day and backstop the Buckeyes to the 2-1 lead.
Total Shots: Ohio State 53, Minnesota Duluth 45
Shots on Goal: Minnesota Duluth 34, Ohio State 27
Saves: Ohio State (Kirk) 33, Minnesota Duluth (Soderberg) 25
Power Play: Ohio State 1-2, Minnesota Duluth 0-2
Faceoffs: Minnesota Duluth 26, Ohio State 21
Ohio State Scoring: Maltais (1-1-2), Levis (1-0-1), Peschel (0-1-1), Rosenthal (0-1-1), Webster (0-1-1)
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs meet for game two of the series Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The matchup will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).