COLUMBUS, Ohio - The OSU Ice Rink was filled to capacity as the No. 7 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team (15-11-0, 9-9-0 WCHA) dropped its series finale against the No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (24-3-1, 14-3-1 WCHA), 7-1, on Saturday.
The Nitty Gritty
- The OSU Rink was packed to capacity on Saturday with 916 fans in attendance, a new program record.
- The opening period saw the Buckeyes come out with a fire, outshooting Minnesota 10-to-7 for the period, but neither team found the back of the net in the first 20 minutes.
- In the second the Golden Gophers opened the scoring with a goal from Crystalyn Hengler, followed by back-to-back goals from Taylor Heise to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
- Emma Maltais looked to slow the Minnesota momentum, scoring a short-handed goal at the 7:55 mark of the second to cut the lead to two, 3-1. Maltais now has two short-handed goals this season, tied for second in the WCHA.
- From there Minnesota took control, with Taylor Wente, Alex Woken, Amy Potomak and Grace Zumwinkle adding goals to hand the Buckeyes a 7-1 loss.
- Jincy Dunne and Charly Dahlquist tallied assists on the Maltais goal.
Coach Muzerall on the Game
"5-on-5 I thought the first period was in our favor, and some of the second. We just have to find a way to finish our opportunities to score."
The Buckeyes took coach Muzerall's words from last night to heart and came out swinging in the first, tallying 10 shots-on-goal to Minnesota's seven, but none found the back of the net as the teams went into the second scoreless.
Business picked up in the second with the Gophers scoring the first three goals of the game before Maltais found the back of the net, her 11th goal of the season and team-high 31st point, to get the Buckeyes on the board. That goal was not enough to stymie the Gophers for long as Minnesota added three more goals to close the period with a 6-1 lead.
Ohio State couldn't get anything going in the third as the team looked to chip away at the deficit, and a goal from Zumwinkle with less than eight minutes to play sealed the 7-1 loss for the Bucks.
The Buckeyes hit the road next weekend for a WCHA clash with St. Cloud State. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 4:07 p.m. ET on Friday in St. Cloud.