Minnesota Duluth Completes Weekend Sweep With 5-3 Victory Against Ohio State
Junior forward Lara Stalder posts three goals and assist for Bulldogs

Junior forward Lara Stalder scored three goals and an assist for the Bulldogs
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:19  MND1-0 EV Michela Cava (9)Ashleigh Brykaliuk/13
1st 16:13  OSU1-1 EV Claudia Kepler (7)Melani Moylan/1, Cara Zubko/7
1st 19:51  MND2-1 EV Michela Cava (10)Lara Stalder/10, Ashleigh Brykaliuk/14
2nd 0:43  OSU2-2 EV Madison Field (7)Maggie Rothgery/2, Katie Matheny/4
2nd 4:22  MND3-2 EV GW Lara Stalder (9)Katherine McGovern/6, Michelle L÷wenhielm/3
2nd 17:42  MND4-2 EV Lara Stalder (10)Michela Cava/7
3rd 13:59  MND5-2 PP Lara Stalder (11)Ashleigh Brykaliuk/15, Michela Cava/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota Duluth  2215
Ohio State  1102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota Duluth  1081331
Ohio State  710522
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota Duluth (9-10-1)  1/7 4/8 0
Ohio State (6-12-0)  0/4 9/37 0
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kayla Black (W, 4-3-1)60:002 69520
Ohio State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stacy Danczak (L, 2-4-0)59:585 861226
Empty Net0:020     

COLOMBUS, Oh. - In its last game of the calendar year, the Ohio State women's hockey team (6-12-0, 3-11-0 WCHA) fell to Minnesota Duluth (9-10-1, 6-7-1 WCHA) on Saturday 5-2.

After striking first in yesterday's game, the Buckeyes fell behind early after a goal from Minnesota Duluth's Michela Cava. 16:13 into the period, Ohio State's Claudia Kepler tied the game in style with her seventh goal of the season. Kepler and several Bulldog skaters were all fighting for possession behind the net, when Kepler took control and lifted the puck past UMD goalie Kayla Black. The stalemate wouldn't last long, however, as Cava notched her second goal of the game with just nine second left in the period to put her team ahead 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.

Thanks to Maddy Field, that deficit didn't last too long; the freshman took a beautiful stretch pass from teammate Maggie Rothgery and zoomed by a couple of Minnesota Duluth defenders to tie the game at 2-2 and get quite a rise out of the crowd at OSU Ice Rink. Bulldog Lara Stalder answered a few minutes later, though, to put her team ahead 3-2 at the 4:22 mark of the period. 23 seconds later, Ohio State was whistled for elbowing to send Minnesota Duluth to the power play, and with about 20 second left in that opportunity another Buckeye was sent to the box, giving the Bulldogs a 5-on-3 advantage. Luckily Ohio State was able to kill both penalties to remain a perfect 3-for-3 to that point on the penalty kill. With 2:18 remaining in the period, Stalder found the back of the net again, putting the Buckeyes down 4-2 entering the third period.

Despite being down two goals entering the final period, Ohio State still had some momentum in its favor; it outshot Minnesota Duluth 10-7 in the second period and would start the period on a power play, albeit a very short one. The game, however, went the other way for the Buckeyes, who were outshot 13-5 in the final 20 minutes of play. In addition to that, they spent a large portion of the period on the penalty kill due to six penalties totaling 31 minutes. Field and Cara Zubko were both issued 10-minute misconduct penalties, with Zubko's being issued in tandem with a five-minute major for contact to the head.

To Ohio State's credit though, Minnesota Duluth didn't capitalize on a power play until after the final penalty had been called. The Buckeyes finally succumbed to the Bulldog pressure on a 5-on-3 when Stalder notched her third goal of the game to put UMD up 5-2. That score would hold as the final, handing Ohio State its eleventh conference loss of the year.

Pretty much all of the damage was done by three players: Stalder, Cava, and Ashleigh Brykali combined for 11 of Minnesota Duluth's 13 points on the day.

Ohio State has now made the rounds of its WCHA foes and will have the next 20 days off before returning to the ice against Penn State on January 2-3 at OSU Ice Rink.