Buckeyes Drop Game One to Minnesota Duluth, 1-0

Feb. 28, 2014

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Duluth, Minn. – The Ohio State women’s hockey team dropped game one of its opening-round WCHA playoff series by a score of 1-0 Friday night at AMSOIL Arena.

Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes stopped all but one on the evening and finished the game with 24 saves for the Buckeyes. OSU outshot the Bulldogs 26-25 in the contest.

After a slow start in which the Bulldogs fired off the first-four shots of the game, the Buckeyes controlled the pace of the majority of the opening period. Ohio State outshot UMD 8-5 overall in period one but the teams went to the dressing rooms for the first intermission scoreless.

Minnesota Duluth got on the scoreboard at 5:26 of period two as Jamie Kenyon was able to slip the puck past Steffes. UMD outshot the Buckeyes 15-8 in the second period and took a 1-0 lead into the third period.

A back-and-forth scrappy third period saw the Buckeyes kill off a five-minute major penalty and outshoot the Bulldogs 10-5 but they were unable to get anything past UMD goaltender Kayla Black, who finished the night with 26 saves.

Each team was held scoreless on the power play as OSU saw four opportunities to Duluth’s three. Seven penalties were doled out to each squad in the game.

Ohio State will look to force a third game to the best-of-three series with a win Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET at AMSOIL Arena.