COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team was edged by Minnesota Duluth Friday afternoon at Value City Arena by a score of 3-2.
Despite outshooting the Bulldogs 12-8 in the first period, the Buckeyes were on the wrong end of a 3-0 game heading into the first intermission. Goals from Jamie Kenyon, Lara Stalder and Jenna McParland put the Bulldogs out front by three scores in the opening period.
The Buckeyes would continue to out-chance Minnesota Duluth in the second and this time they were able to capitalize, scoring two goals to cut the lead to 3-2 after two periods of play.
Freshman forward Katie Matheny lit the lamp for the first time in her career, intercepting a Bulldog pass and going the distance for the unassisted goal at 01:17 of the second.
Ohio State took advantage of a power play opportunity a few moments later as junior defenseman Sara Schmitt found the back of the net to cut the lead to one goal. Sophomore Julia McKinnon and junior Kari Schmitt assisted on the power play score. The goal from Sara Schmitt was her fourth on the season and she now has a share of the team lead in goals scored along with Kari Schmitt.
Both squads ended up with eight penalties totaling 24 minutes, including a pair of unsportsmanlike ten-minute misconducts handed out after the final horn had sounded. OSU went 1-4 on the power play during the game while its penalty kill was a perfect 4-4.
The Buckeyes finished with a 31-22 shots on goal advantage in the contest. Redshirt senior goaltender Chelsea Knapp stopped 19 of 22 shots faced while UMD goaltender Kayla Black stopped 29 of 31.
Ohio State (3-5-2, 2-5-2 WCHA) and Minnesota Duluth (5-4-2, 3-4-2 WCHA) will play game two of the series Saturday at Value City Arena starting at 3:07 p.m.