|1st||9:39||NDK||1-0||EV GW||Tanja Eisenschmid (3)||Josefine Jakobsen/6, Layla Marvin/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|North Dakota (11-10-2)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Ohio State (14-9-2)||0/2||2/4||0|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shelby Amsley-Benzie (W, 7-5-2)||60:00||0||7||11||8||26|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Stacy Danczak (L, 6-2-2)||58:52||1||4||6||4||14|
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10/9 Ohio State women's hockey team (14-9-2, 9-8-2-1 WCHA) dropped a hard fought contest to WCHA foe North Dakota Friday evening at the OSU Ice Rink. Falling by a score of 1-0, the Buckeyes will look to battle back Saturday at 6:07 p.m. ET when the teams face-off for the series finale in Columbus.
North Dakota pushed ahead 1-0 in the opening stanza courtesy of a goal at 9:39 from UND junior Tanja Eisenschmid. For the period, the Buckeyes posted seven shots on goal, compared to five from UND. Redshirt junior Stacy Danczak started in goal for the Scarlet and Gray, registering four saves. The start marked the 10th of the season for Danczak.
The physicality picked up in the second period; however, neither team contributed a goal. Danczak was a force for the Buckeyes, holding strong with six saves. The Buckeye defensive unit also killed a UND power play, while sophomore standout Claudia Kepler had a couple good offensive looks around the 13-minute mark. Splitting two defenders on one opportunity, Kepler was unable to slip past UND goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie. North Dakota held an 11-6 advantage in shots for the period, while the Buckeyes began a power play opportunity in the final minute.
Ohio State was unable to convert on its power play, which continued into the third period. The Buckeyes continued to go head-to-head with UND, as both teams were vying for critical conference points as the season wears down. Pulling Danczak with 1:08 remaining in the game, OSU tried for a final offensive push. With UND called for slashing at the 19:23, the Buckeyes went on their second power play of the game; however, they were unable to notch the equalizer. Ohio State was once again out front on shots, this time by a margin of 8-4.
For the game, Ohio State outshot North Dakota, 26-15. The Buckeyes went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on power play chances.
Danczak moved to 6-2-2 this season, with 14 saves in 58:52 vs. UND. Amsley-Benzie was credited with 26 saves in 60 minutes of play.