The No. 7 women’s hockey Bucks were left looking for answers on Friday night after getting steamrolled by No. 2 Minnesota. The Gophers seized control of the game early and never relinquished it. The visitors reeled off four goals in the first period including two power play strikes in as many opportunities.
|Scoring by Period||1||2||3||Final|
|No. 2 Minnesota||4||3||0||7|
|No. 7 Ohio State||0||2||0||2|
Despite the lopsided score, the Buckeyes kept battling. Maddy Field put OSU on the board a little more than a minute into the second period. Midway through the frame, Grace Zumwinkle restored Minnesota’s four-goal lead. But Jincy Dunne swiftly narrowed the gap once again. The blueliner’s third goal of the season made it 5-2.
|Buckeye Goal Scorers (Assists)||Pd||Time|
|Maddy Field (Lauren Boyle)||2||1:10|
|Jincy Dunne (Lisa Bruno)||2||13:32|
But that would be the high water mark of the game for the Bucks. Late in the second period back-to-back Gophers goals (just 33 seconds apart) extended the visitors’ lead to an insurmountable 7-2. The Scarlet and Gray fell by the same total. They have now allowed 5+ goals in four straight games.
All three OSU goalies saw action in this game. Braendli gave up three goals on nine shots. Wallace surrendered four on 21 shots. Amanda Zeglen patrolled the net in the third period. She was the only goalie untouched by the Gophers. She made six saves on six shots.
The loss drops Ohio State to 15-10-0 overall and 9-8-0-0 in the WCHA. On a four-game skid and bleeding goals, the Bucks need some answers. They take another stab at Minnesota tomorrow afternoon at 3pm ET.
- The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes 36-21 in the game including a 19-6 margin in the first period.
- Maddy Field and Emma Maltais led the Bucks with four shots each.
- Minnesota went 2-for-3 on the power play while Ohio State was 0-for-5 including an extended 5-on-3 in the third period.