COLUMBUS, Ohio. - The Ohio State women's hockey team battled back from an early deficit against No. 2 Wisconsin but in the end were edged by a score of 3-2 Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Buckeyes got off to a slow start, getting outshot 12-2 in the first period and falling behind by two scores after goals from Brittany Ammerman, a power play goal midway through the opening period, and a score from Sarah Nurse at 4:34 of the second.
Ohio State swung the momentum later in the second and cut the lead to one score as senior Ally Tarr became the first to get a puck past Wisconsin goaltender Alex Rigsby in the series. Tarr's goal came at 11:29 of the second stanza. Freshman Hayley Studler recorded her first point as a Buckeye on the play, picking up an assist along with sophomore Melani Moylan.
Wisconsin stretched its lead back to two goals at 6:15 of the third on the second goal of the game for Ammerman.
A power play score from junior Kari Schmitt brought the Buckeyes back within one. Schmitt picked up a big rebound from Rigsby following a shot from junior Danielle Gagne and buried it into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season. Gagne and junior Sara Schmitt tallied the assists on the play.
A would-be game tying goal for the Buckeyes was called off by the officials with 12 seconds remaining in regulation due to a hand pass call.
OSU held a 23-17 shots advantage in the final two periods of play. Total shots on goal in the contest were in favor of Wisconsin, 29-25. The Buckeyes finished 1-3 on the power play attack while the Badgers went 1-4.
Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes ended up with 26 saves for Ohio State and Rigsby stopped 23 for Wisconsin.
Ohio State (11-14-5, 6-13-5 WCHA) travels to Bemidji, Minn. next weekend, Feb. 14-15, for a series with Bemidji State. The Buckeyes and Beavers sit in fifth and sixth place, respectively, in the league standings, with Bemidji State trailing Ohio State by four points.