Feb. 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team concluded the 2011-12 season with a 3-2 overtime loss at Minnesota Duluth Saturday. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes (16-16-4) dropped game two of a best-of-three series to the fourth-seeded Bulldogs following a one-goal loss Friday to UMD in AMSOIL Arena.
Down two after the first period, the Buckeyes battled back to even the score at two in the second period and force one 20-minute overtime. The Bulldogs were able to solidify the sudden death win when Shara Jasper notched a goal at 9:40.
UMD scored both of their regulation goals in the opening period with the first early at 2:06 when Haley Irwin found the back of the net with the assist going to Audrey Cournoyer. Irwin struck again late at 19:43 to give the Bulldogs a two-goal advantage at the first intermission.
The Buckeyes came out of the break ready and nabbed their first goal of the game at 1:37. Junior Tina Hollowell scored her fourth goal of the season with assists to junior Minttu Tuominen and sophomore Madison Marcotte.
Ohio State locked the score at two apiece late in the second when junior Paige Semenza notched her fifth goal of the year at 17:34. A pair of defensemen in senior Kelly Wild and freshman Sara Schmitt each had a hand on the goal for the Buckeyes.
The two squads skated in a scoreless third to force overtime and the Bulldogs secured the win with Jasper's goal halfway through the period.
Buckeye goalie Lisa Steffes had 31 saves in the game, while Bulldog Jennifer Harss totaled 28. UMD led in shots, 34-30, and the two teams finished tied in faceoffs, 25-25.
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