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Buckeyes fall to UMD in overtime, 5-4 – Ohio State Buckeyes

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Columbus, Ohio – It took 63:37 to decide the second game of the series between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 8 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night at Amsoil Arena, but it was the Bulldogs who ultimately came out on top in a 5-4 win over the Buckeyes got away. Ohio State (14-2-2, 13-2-1 WCHA) earned a point in conference scoring for the overtime loss and finished the weekend four points ahead of Minnesota Duluth (12-6-0, 6th -6-0 WCHA ).

How it happened

After giving up two goals in the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s game, Ohio State kept fighting and tied the game three times before falling to the Bulldogs in overtime.

Minnesota Duluth scored two goals within a minute at 8:49 and 9:37 to start the game. Ohio State’s Gabby Rosenthal responded with the first goal of the day at 10:59 to reduce Duluth’s lead to one goal. A tally by Sophie Jaques at 10:13 in the second half ended the game with two points, but the teams traded goals for the remainder of the game, with the Bulldogs scoring the final goal.

The power play proved crucial for the Buckeyes in this game, as they scored two of their three crucial goals with a skater advantage. Jaques, the nation’s leading power-play scorer, leveled the game 2-2 in the second period for Ohio State’s second power-play opportunity of the day. Rosenthal went on to score her second goal on the Buckeyes’ final power play to tie the game at 4-4 with 5-24 to play in rule, sending the teams into overtime.

Makenna Webster recorded the Buckeyes’ third goal of the day when she hung in the third period after a rebounding shot from Jaques at 2:39. She was preceded by a goal by UMD’s Nina Jobst-Smith at 17:55 of the second half, followed by a goal by the Bulldogs’ Kylie Hanley at 8:55 of the third.

It was Duluth’s Clara Van Wieren who finally scored the winning goal for the Bulldogs at 3:37 of five-minute overtime.

game notes

  • Saturday’s game marked the fifth straight matchup between the Buckeyes and the Bulldogs to be decided by a goal.
  • The game was Ohio State’s fifth of the year with multiple power-play goals. Sophie Jaques added her eighth power play goal of the season to keep her as the country’s top power play scorer.
  • Gabby Rosenthal led the Buckeyes with three points and two goals in the game. She recorded her third multi-goal game of the season.
  • Raygan Kirk earned her third straight start for the Buckeyes in Saturday’s loss. She made 27 saves for the Buckeyes in the competition.
  • Jacques led the team that night with three blocked shots and seven shots on target.

Statistically speaking
Total shots: State of Ohio 55, Minnesota Duluth 54
Shots on goal: State of Ohio 35, Minnesota Duluth 31
Saves: Minnesota Duluth (Soderberg) 31, Ohio (Kirk) 27
power play: Ohio State 2-4, Minnesota Duluth 1-2
Faceoffs: State of Ohio 31, Minnesota Duluth 28
Rating in the State of Ohio: Rosenthal (2-1-3), Jacques (1-1-2), Webster (1-1-2), Bizal (0-2-2), Gardiner (0-2-2)

Next

Ohio State will have a weekend off before resuming its road schedule at No. 10 Cornell. The out-of-conference matchup will take place on December 17 at 7:00 p.m. and December 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Lynah Rink in Ithaca, NY

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