Gophers Earn 5-0 Victory at Ohio State
Provided by the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team earned a shutout win at Ohio State for the first time since 2004, as five different players score goals for the Gophers. Senior Jen Schoullis led the way with a goal and two assists in the victory.
The Gophers got out to an early lead, with sophomore Bethany Brausen finding the net just 1:36 into the game to put Minnesota ahead 1-0. Kelly Terry assisted on the goal. Just 23 seconds later, the Gophers scored again, getting a goal from freshman Rachael Bona, assisted by Schoullis and Rachel Ramsey. The Gophers gave the Buckeyes two power play opportunities in the opening period, but were successful on the penalty kill and kept the home team scoreless in the first period. Minnesota had a slight edge in shots on goal in the first period with 10 to Ohio State’s eight.
Minnesota added two goals in the second period. Eight minutes into the period, junior Megan Bozek scored on a shot from near the blue line to give the Gophers a 3-0 lead. Anne Schleper and Schoullis were credited with assists on the power play goal. Five minutes later with each team short a skater, the Gophers got a goal from senior Schleper, assisted by Amanda Kessel and Ramsey. Just over 17 minutes into the period, OSU’s Allie Tarr was called for a five-minute major and 10-minute midconduct after hitting Emily West. West was helped off the ice and did not return to the game. OSU took another penalty just seconds later, giving the Gophers a five-on-three power play. Minnesota did not score on the power play, which carried into the third period.
The Buckeyes switched goaltenders in the third period, putting Chelsea Knapp in net. Ohio State came out strong in the third period, collecting six shots on goal before the Gophers got their first. Gopher goalie Noora Raty made several key saves, including three during a Buckeye power play in the first five minutes of the period. The third period was penalty-laden as the Gophers took five penalties in the final period, with the Buckeyes adding three penalties of their own. Between all their penalties, the Gophers managed to add a goal in the period, as Schoullis scored nearly 10 minutes into the period, assisted by Sarah Erickson and Kessel. Ohio State outshot Minnesota in the third, getting 14 shots on goal to Minnesota’s seven.
Minnesota tallied its second consecutive shutout on the road after defeating St. Cloud State 7-0 last Saturday. The game marks just the third shutout on the road for the Gophers this season, and first shutout against Ohio State since Dec. 10, 2010 in Minneapolis. Minnesota had not earned a shutout against the Buckeyes in Columbus since Feb. 21, 2004, a 6-0 win.
With the win, the Gophers improve to 25-4-2 overall and 19-4-2 in WCHA games. Ohio State moves to 15-12-4 and 12-12-1 in WCHA games.
The Gophers and Buckeyes conclude the weekend series Saturday afternoon at 4:07 p.m. ET, 3:07 p.m. CT.