COLUMBUS, Ohio. – The No. 5 Ohio State women’s ice hockey team downed Bemidji State, 7-2 on Friday evening. Gabby Rosenthal scored two goals and posted a team-high three points along with Emma Maltais who scored one goal and tallied two assists. With the win, Ohio State improves to 17-6-4 (10-4-3 WCHA) and the Beavers slip to 14-13-2 (8-10-1 WCHA).
Ohio State 7, Bemidji State 2
The Beavers came out strong against Ohio State but the Buckeyes lit the lamp twice in the 19th minute of the period to gain a comfortable leading going into the locker room. Emma Maltais won an offensive faceoff back to Liz Schepers who got off the quick shot to break the stalemate at 18:18. Just 19 seconds later an aggressive forecheck by Schepers and Tatum Skaggs forced goaltender Lauren Bench to turn the puck over to Emma Maltais who buried a shot past a recovering Beaver. Ohio State outshot Bemidji 16-5 in the opening period.
Ohio State opened scoring in the second period with a pair of goals in just over one minute. Sophie Jaques scored at 10:35 off a long-range shot from inside the blue line. She was assisted by Gabby Rosenthal. Moments later, Rosenthal had her own chance on goal and went bar down on Bench for a two-point period. With under four minutes left Jincy Dunne took a blue line shot that was redirected by Brooke Bink to extend the lead to 5-0. It marked the third career goal for the freshman forward.
The Beavers got on the board early in the final frame as Lydia Passolt scored just 31 seconds into the period. The Buckeyes found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play after two quick Bemidji penalties and Rosenthal tallied her second goal of the night assisted by Dunne and Maltais. With a 6-1 lead, Paetyn Levis scored her second goal of the season with just over six minutes left in the game. Bemidji tallied one final goal with 57 seconds remaining.