COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team fell 6-2 to eighth-ranked Minnesota Duluth Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 8-5-1 and 6-5-1-1 (WCHA), while UMD improved to 6-7-1 and 3-6-1.
Ohio State outshot UMD, 40-35, but Bulldog goalie Jennifer Harss tallied 38 saves in the win. Buckeye sophomore goalie Lisa Steffes finished with 29 stoppers on the day.
Junior forward Hokey Langan gave Ohio State a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring a short-handed goal at 3:26. The Chatham, Ontario, product intercepted a Bulldog pass and shot the puck past Harss for the score. The Bulldogs responded at 14:11 to lock the game at 1-1 as Jenna McParland notched a power-play goal with assists to Haley Irwin and Jessica Wong.
Coming out of the first intermission, the Bulldogs got on the board again only 59 seconds into the second. Skating shorthanded after a high stick call in the first stanza, Pernilla Winberg found the net with the help of Vanessa Thibault and Wong. The Bulldogs would bring their lead to 3-1 when Winberg scored again at 5:34 with the help of Emma Stauber.
After a slew of penalties left the Buckeyes with a 4-on-3 advantage, sophomore Ally Tarr notched her seventh goal of the season at 6:18 in the second with the help from senior co-captains Laura McIntosh and Kelly Wild to cut the Bulldog lead to one, 3-2. McIntosh's assist was her 147th career point and put her second overall in Ohio State history.
The visitors responded, however, at the 14:24 and 14:42 mark and fired back-to-back goals to close the second period with a 5-2 lead.
UMD solidified its win with another goal in the third as Irvin scored on the power play at 15:58 with assists to Brienna Gillande and Audrey Cournoyer to finish with a 6-2 victory.
Ohio State takes a break from conference competition and hosts Niagara in a two-game series, Dec. 2-3, at the OSU Ice Rink. Puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday.