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MANKATO, Minn. -- The No. 5 Ohio State University women's ice hockey team bounced back to get series split against the Minnesota State Mavericks, winning Saturday's game 3-2 at the Verizon Center.
The Buckeyes (20-8-4, 13-5-4 WCHA) held a significant shots-on-goal advantage, 39-to-15, as they clinched their 20th win of the season, tying the program high set by the 2006-07 team. Today also tied the preview high in Western Collegiate Hockey Association wins, 13, held by the same 2006-07 team.
A scoreless first period gave way to a second where, much like in the series opener on Friday, Ohio State found itself playing catchup. Rebekah Kolstad slipped one past OSU goaltender Amanda Zeglen to put the Mavericks up 1-0 with nine minutes to play in the second. Rebecca Freiburger responded for Ohio State, tying the game with her sixth goal of the year just under three minutes later. MSU was not finished though, as Tristen Truax scored with 1:41 remaining in the period to send Minnesota State into the locker room with the 2-1 lead.
Everything was coming up Buckeyes in the third as Charly Dahlquist lit the lamp for the seventh time this year to knot everything up at 2-2. With the game still tied and just under seven minutes to play, Emma Maltais fired the puck into the back of the net, scoring what went on to be the game winner for the Buckeyes. OSU continued to press in the offensive zone, holding MSU to two SOG in the third, and helping secure the 3-2 win.
"We knew we had to capitalize on our opportunities today," head coach Nadine Muzerall said. "We out-shot them considerably yesterday, and again today. We talked about shot selection and making sure that when you get the puck to the net that it has a purpose. As a team we have to remember to not be demoralized if we're down. We knew that there was a lot of hockey left when we went out for the third, and we, as a unit, knew that no single person would win this game for us."
Maltais, Freiburger and Dahlquist finished with one goal each. Jincy Dunne, Lauren Boyle and Dani Sadek all earned assists on the night. Maltais and Tatum Skaggs led the Buckeyes with five SOG each. Dahlquist, Boyle, Freiburger and Maddy Field had four SOG each. Dunne finished with a team-high five blocked shots.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for the last weekend of the regular season as they host Bemidji State. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6:07 p.m. on Friday.
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