COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 7 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team (15-10-0, 9-8-0 WCHA) attempted a rally but could not overcome the No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-3-1, 13-3-1 WCHA), dropping the series opener 7-2 on Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The Nitty Gritty
- The Buckeyes found themselves on the ropes early after Grace Zumwinkle scored just over three minutes into the game.
- Emily Oden scored shortly after that, followed by a goal from Alex Woken less than a minute later to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead just 8:13 into the game. Nicole Schammel added to the Minnesota lead late in the period to send OSU into the break down 4-0.
- It wouldn't take long for the Bucks to get on the board in the second as Madison Field scored her 11th goal of the season just 1:10 into the second.
- Zumwinkle slowed the OSU momentum with her second goal of the game at the 11:19 mark of the second.
- Just over two minutes later Jincy Dunne lit the lamp, her third goal of the year, to chip away at the Minnesota lead.
- With the Buckeyes pressing, the Golden Gophers used the final four minutes of the second to add some insurance as Woken and Oden scored their second goals of the game, putting OSU in a 7-2 hold heading into the third.
- The Bucks kept swinging, but could not get anything going in the third, falling to Minnesota 7-2.
- Lauren Boyle, Jacyn Reeves, Lisa Bruno and Gabby Rosenthal tallied assists for the Buckeyes in the game.