COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's ice hockey team defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-1 Friday evening with two goals from junior forward, Tatum Skaggs. Emma Maltais capped off the win with an empty net goal and junior goaltender Lynsey Wallace made a career-high 33 saves in her second start of the season. With the win, Ohio State improves to 8-3-2 (6-3-2 WCHA) while Duluth dips to 7-4-0 (4-3-0 WCHA).
"We got stronger as the game went on," head coach Nadine Muzerall said. "We buckled down defensively and didn't give up any lateral passes or back door opportunities, and we did a good job blocking shots. I think it was really big for the team to come away with this win but we're not going to be satisfied with the split. We have to go into the game tomorrow with the mentality that it has to be a sweep."
- Junior goaltender Lynsey Wallace recorded her second start of the season and fourth of her career. She tallied 33 saves in the contest for a new career-high and notched her second career win.
- Junior forward Tatum Skaggs tallied two goals against Maddie Rooney to bring her season total to six.
- Emma Maltais scored an empty net goal to solidify the 3-1 with 5.5 seconds remaining. It marks her second empty net goal of the season.
- Ohio State outshot Duluth 41-34.
Ohio State outshot Duluth 14-8 in the opening period but neither team could find the back of the net. Both squads took a turn with a man in the box as Emma Maltais was sent off for body checking, but the score held at 0-0 through the first 20 minutes. Maltais, Paetyn Levis and Gabby Rosenthal all led the Buckeyes with two shots apiece in the period. Lynsey Wallace recorded eight saves.
The Buckeyes tallied an impressive 31 shots after two periods of play, converting on one for the 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. In the 14th minute, Tatum Skaggs put away a rebound on the back post off the initial shot by Teghan Inglis. Both Inglis and Maltais were given assists on the play as Skaggs tallied her fifth goal of the season. Ohio State outshot the Bulldogs 17-9 in the period and Wallace added nine saves for a total of 17 after two periods.
Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes put the Bulldogs back in the fight in the ninth minute of the third period as she sailed a shot past Wallace's glove to tie the game at 1-all. Shortly after, Jalyn Elmes was sent off for checking and the Buckeyes took advantage of the man up situation. After an initial shot by Rosenthal, Skaggs tapped in the rebound for her second goal of the day and put the Buckeyes up 2-1 with six minutes to play. With 1:19 on the clock, Duluth pulled Rooney for the 6-on-5 advantage. After a blocked shot by Maltais, Liz Schepers found the puck and passed it back to Maltais who buried the empty net goal with 5.5 seconds remaining. Ohio State finished the 3-1 win with 41 total shots while Wallace recorded 33 saves.