COLUMBUS, Ohio - Third-ranked Ohio State received seven goals from seven different players as it completed a weekend sweep of Minnesota State with a 7-2 win on Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes, winners of three consecutive games overall, improve to 8-4-0 on the season while Minnesota State is 4-9-1.
"When you have that many different people scoring it really shows our depth," said head coach Nadine Muzerall. "We were relentless in the neutral zone and in the offensive zone creating turnovers. It was nice to see some goals go in and our team get credit for its hard-fought effort."
Just like last night, Ohio State struck early. This time, the game's first goal came 26 seconds into regulation when Liz Schepers found the back of the net. Riley Brengman and Tatum Skaggs assisted on the play.
The Buckeyes would score three more times in the next 19 minutes to take a commanding 4-0 lead into the first intermission. Ramsey Parent notched her first career goal at the 5:17 mark of the period and that was followed by a Paetyn Levis goal 1:13 later. Jennifer Gardiner then made the score 4-0 at the 18:35 mark with her fourth goal of the year.
Ohio State stretched its lead to 5-0 when freshman Jenna Buglioni cleaned up a rebound in front of the goal at the 1:14 mark. It was Buglioni's team-leading sixth goal of the year.
Minnesota State got on the scoreboard with less than three minutes remaining before the second intermission on a Jamie Nelson goal to make the score 5-1.
Minnesota State struck again 6:04 into the final period, but after Ohio State killed off a Maverick power play opportunity midway through the period, the Buckeyes responded with the game's final two goals.
Gabby Rosenthal made the score 6-2 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray at the 15:51 mark and less than a minute later, Brooke Bink light the lamp for her second goal of the year.
Ohio State stayed perfect on the penalty kill for the year as the Mavericks didn't convert any of its three power play opportunities. The Buckeye defense also limited Minnesota State to a total of just three shots on those three power plays. For the season, the Buckeyes are 25 for 25 on the penalty kill and are the only team in the country that hasn't allowed a power play goal this season.
Braendli Sets Goalie Wins Record
Junior goalie Andrea Braendli made 13 saves in 46:21 of action and picked up her 43rd career win, which is the most by a goalie in program history. Kassidy Sauve (2014-18), Erika Vanderveer (2004-07) and Chelsea Knapp (2010-14) all previously held the record with 42 wins.
Shots: Ohio State 41, Minnesota State 26
Saves: Minnesota State 34 (Calla 16; Barbo 18), Ohio State 24 (Braendli 13; Thiele 11)
Power Play: Minnesota State 0-3, Ohio State 0-2
Scoring (G-A-P): Jennifer Gardiner 1-2-3; Riley Brengman 0-2-2; Jenna Buglioni 1-1-2; Gabby Rosenthal 1-1-2; Teghan Inglis 0-2-2, Paetyn Levis 1-1-2, Liz Schepers 1-0-1; Sophie Jacques 0-1-1; Tatum Skaggs 0-1-1; Brooke Bink 1-0-1; Ramsey Parent 1-0-1
Ohio State is back at home next weekend when it meets No. 2 Minnesota for a weekend series at the OSU Ice Rink. Friday's game will begin at 6:07 p.m. ET followed by the series finale on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. Both games will be streamed on BTN Plus.