Brandt, Kessel Lead Minnesota Past Ohio State, 5-2
Senior forward Hannah Brandt posts three assists for Gophers

Senior forward Hannah Brandt registered three assists for the Gophers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 11:18  MIN1-0 EV Dani Cameranesi (29) -
2nd 14:40  OSU1-1 EV Madison Field (10) -
2nd 18:25  MIN2-1 EV Amanda Kessel (4)Hannah Brandt/31
3rd 2:23  OSU2-2 EV Claudia Kepler (14)Julia McKinnon/13
3rd 3:29  MIN3-2 EV GW Kelly Pannek (22)Dani Cameranesi/34
3rd 13:00  MIN4-2 EV Kate Schipper (13)Hannah Brandt/32
3rd 19:54  MIN5-2 EV EN Amanda Kessel (5)Cara Piazza/23, Hannah Brandt/33
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ohio State  0112
Minnesota  0235
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ohio State  941023
Minnesota  14191144
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ohio State (10-24-1)  0/0 2/4 0
Minnesota (30-3-1)  0/1 1/2 0
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Alex LaMere (L, 8-16-1)57:594 1417839
Empty Net2:011     
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Amanda Leveille (W, 24-3-1)60:002 93921

MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 2 Golden Gophers rallied with three third-period goals to break a 2-2 tie and secure a 5-2 win over Ohio State in game one of the WCHA First Round best-of-three series at Ridder Arena Friday night.

Minnesota (30-3-1, 24-3-1-0 WCHA) took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Ohio State used a goal by Claudia Kepler to tie the game at 2-2 just 2:23 into the period. Kelly Pannek scored the eventual game-winner for the Gophers just 1:06 later, and Kate Schipper scored with 7:00 remaining before Amanda Kessel tallied an empty-net goal with six seconds to play.

"It was a tough game here tonight, playoff hockey -- we had to work for everything that we got here tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "Credit to Ohio State, they capitalized on their opportunities. They had a lot good pressure on the puck and it caused some turnovers by us that ended up in our net. So happy with how we responded there in the third once they tied it up, answering right back, and then building that two-goal lead before getting the empty-netter.

"We're happy to win and looking forward to tomorrow and coming out a little faster if we can and seeing if we can get the win there as well."

Kessel scored two goals in the win, and Hannah Brandt led all players with three points on three assists. Cameranesi also recorded two points with a goal and an assist.

Ohio State (10-24-1, 6-21-1-1 WCHA) received 39 saves from goaltender Alex LaMere as the Gophers outshot the Buckeyes, 44-23. Amanda Leveille finished with 21 saves for Minnesota.

After a scoreless first period, Cameranesi broke the 0-0 tie with an unassisted goal midway through the second period, but OSU responded with a goal by Maddy Field at the 14:40 mark of the middle frame. Kessel then scored the go-ahead goal for the Gophers off an assist from Brandt with 1:35 remaining in the period.

OSU again responded early in the third to tie the game, but the Gophers rattled off three goals to secure the 5-2 win.

"We weren't playing bad and we weren't playing great," Kessel said. "When things aren't going that great, you just have to work hard and try and get pucks to the net. It's playoffs, it's going to be a hard game."

In other WCHA First Round action, Minnesota Duluth defeated Bemidji State, 5-1; North Dakota knocked off St. Cloud State, 6-1; and Wisconsin topped Minnesota State, 4-0.

The Gophers and Buckeyes meet in game two of the best-of-three series at 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena.