MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Ohio State University women's ice hockey team survived an offensive flurry from the No. 4 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, eventually winning a shootout after a 5-5 tie on Saturday afternoon in Ridder Arena.
Minnesota struck first with a power play goal from Olivia Knowles at the 3:27 point in the first. Caitlin Reilly added to the lead with a goal at the 7:54 mark, putting Ohio State in a 2-0 hole. That, however, would not last as Emma Maltais took a pass from Charly Dahlquist and deposited the puck into the back of the net with just under eight minutes to play in the first, cutting the deficit in half. Tatum Skaggs tied the game at the 14:37 mark with her fourth goal of the season on an assist from Maltais. Minnesota would take a 3-2 lead into the intermission though, as Sophie Skarzynski fired a rebounded puck into the OSU net with just under four minutes in the period.
The Golden Gophers wasted no time in extending their lead with a goal from Alex Woken just 23 seconds into the second. The two-goal lead would not last long as Juliana Iafallo netted her first goal of the season off assists from Maddy Field and Jincy Dunne, making it a 4-3 game with 9:48 left in the second period. With less than three minutes to play in the period, Skaggs scored her second goal of the game to tie it, 4-4.
The Buckeyes took their first lead of the day in the third when Dani Sadek scored her first goal of the season on a power play with a little over seven minutes to play in regulation. Less than a minute later Minnesota tied it on Reilly's second goal of the game, and that would prove to be enough to force overtime.
Ohio State notched nine shots on goal during the five minute overtime period, but none of the shots found the back of the net, which led to a shootout. In the shootout Skaggs and Iafallo scored on the first two Buckeye shots, while both Minnesota shooters missed, giving OSU the extra point and five out of six possible points on the weekend.
The Buckeyes won the shots on goal stat for the night, 41-31, bolstered by a 9-0 advantage in the overtime period.
"I'm very proud of our women and the hard work they put forth on the ice," said Head Coach Nadine Muzerall. "We could have thrown in the towel after they jumped out to that early 2-0 lead, but our character and our heart would not allow that. While I'm proud of the five points we came away with, outshooting them in overtime shows me that we could have gotten six. We will continue to build from this and grow stronger. The future is incredibly bright for these ladies."
Ohio State heads to Columbus to host the University of Minnesota-Duluth next weekend. Game one of the series is set for a 6:07 p.m. ET start on Friday while the series finale is scheduled for a 3:07 p.m. ET puck drop on Saturday.
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