MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team opened Western Collegiate Hockey Association play by defeating the No. 4 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, 3-2 on Friday night in Ridder Arena.
This is the first win for Ohio State against Minnesota since October 20, 2007, and the first win at Ridder Arena since January 12, 2007.
Jacyn Reeves drew first blood for the Buckeyes (3-0-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) when she buried a shot on a breakaway at the 2:06 point of the first period. Liz Schepers and Dani Sadek picked up assists on the goal. Exactly one minute and 43 seconds later, Reeves netted her second goal of both the game and the season on a pass from Lauren Spring, giving OSU a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the first period.
The Golden Gophers (1-2-0, 0-1-0 WCHA) cut into the Ohio State lead with a goal from Sophie Skarzynski at 10:59 in the second. Shortly after that, Grace Zumwinkle tied the game for Minnesota with a power-play goal with 5:41 to play in the period.
OSU regained control in the third when Charly Dahlquist scored her first goal as a Buckeye to break the tie and make it 3-2. Emma Maltais and reigning WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Tatum Skaggs assisted on what would become the game winner.
Minnesota held a slight edge in shots for the game, 28-27, thanks in part to its 19-shot second period. Kassidy Sauvé made 26 saves on the night.
"We are very excited about this win, it was a hard fought and well deserved victory," said Head Coach Nadine Muzerall. "Our ladies played the entire 60 minutes and didn't let up. Everyone did their job and executed to the fullest. After coaching and playing for the Gophers I learned that they don't lose often, and they never go away easily. They're a well coached and highly skilled team. Tomorrow will be another war, but our women are well conditioned and composed. I know we'll come out ready to play because we know that our work here is not done."
The Buckeyes face the Golden Gophers again on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET.
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