COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 1 Minnesota showed why they are the top-ranked team in the nation as they finished off the sweep of Ohio State with a 5-1 win Sunday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink.
The loss drops the Buckeyes to 5-11-2, 2-10-2 in WCHA play, while the Gophers improve to 19-1-0 and 13-1-0 in WCHA action.
It was a game plagued with penalties and had each team's penalty kill units working hard. The Gophers were whistled for 11 penalties totaling 22 minutes. Ohio State was called for nine penalties, including a checking-from-behind five-minute major and ten-minute disqualification, for a total of 29 minutes. Minnesota finished 1-6 on the power play while Ohio State went 1-8.
After a Milica McMillen goal put the Gophers up early in the opening period, Ohio State responded with one of its own at the 15:45 mark while on the power play and the game remained tied at 1-all following the first period of play.
The OSU goal came off the stick of junior Danielle Gagne, her fourth of the season. Gagne redirected a shot taken by junior Sara Schmitt into the back of the net for the score. Schmitt and senior Ally Tarr had the assists on the play. Gagne now has a share of the team lead in goals scored while Schmitt and Tarr are tied for the team lead in assists with 10 each.
Minnesota opened it up early in the second period getting three goals in the first six and a half minutes; two from Sarah Davis with a power play goal from McMillen sandwiched in between. The Gophers would add one more in the 15th-minute of the second on a goal from Baylee Gillanders.
Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes 21-1 in the second period and finished with a 48-13 shots on goal advantage for the game.
Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes made 43 saves in the loss for the Buckeyes while Amanda Leveille stopped 11 of 12 shots faced on the afternoon.
Ohio State is now off until a non-conference series with Penn State Jan. 3-4, 2014 at the OSU Ice Rink.