Jessica Wong made history Saturday afternoon as only the second defenseman in the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program to join the 100-career point club, but Ohio State University was more interested in making history of its own.
The Buckeyes used a ruthless deflection to defeat the Bulldogs 3-2 at AMSOIL Arena and earn a first ever program sweep over UMD. With the setback, the Bulldogs fall to 0-2-0 overall and in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Wong opened the game in a big way - netting her 100th career point with a goal from the blueline just 15 ticks into the period. Wong's 42 career goal and first of the season put the Bulldogs up 1-0 but the Buckeyes' Taylor Kuehl found the equalizer off a rebound at the 5:33 mark.
Despite putting more pucks on net in the first seven minutes (6) than they did in the entire period Friday night (5), UMD fell behind 2-1 on a power-play tally by Mintti Tuominen 12:03 into the first period.
After a scoreless second period, the Bulldogs roared to life and were rewarded for their effort 3:10 into the stanza when Pernilla Winberg's shot hit the inside pad of OSU goaltender Chelsea Knapp and redirected into the goal. Winberg's goal was assisted by Katie Wilson and Brigette Lacquette, and the helper was Wilson's second of the night and third point of the series.
OSU, forced to manage a hard pressing UMD squad for the final stanza, caught a break with just 3:46 left in the game. A puck thrown in front of the net by Bryanna Neuwald went off the skate of Paige Semenza and past Bulldog goaltender Kayla Black. Allowed to stand by official review, the Buckeyes game-winner sealed only the second-ever season opening sweep against the Bulldog program.
UMD -- missing Vanessa Thibault, Tea Villila, Jenna McParland and Dana Gallop from the line-up - went 0-of-2 on the power play. Black made 22 saves for the Bulldogs, who drop to 48-9-4 all-time against OSU.
The Bulldogs will host the University of Wisconsin next weekend at AMSOIL for a Saturday-Sunday WCHA series. Both Saturday and Sunday's games will begin at 3:07 p.m.