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MADISON, Wis. — The Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team tried to mount a comeback, but could not topple the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers, losing 3-1, in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action on Sunday afternoon.
After a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes (7-2-1, 5-2-1 WCHA) found themselves in a 1-0 hole in the second after a power-play-goal from Mikaela Gardner. Wisconsin added to its lead when a shot from Alexis Mauermann found the back of the net at the 14:06 mark, sending Ohio State into the second intermission facing a 2-0 deficit.
The Badgers added a third goal when Claudia Kepler scored off a rebounded shot at the 9:35 point of the third. Less than two minutes later Tatum Skaggs broke through for the Buckeyes, lighting the lamp for the sixth time this season. Emma Maltais and Jincy Dunne notched assists on the goal. That, however, is as close as Ohio State would get, falling to Wisconsin 3-1.
Kassidy Sauve made a season high 47 saves on the day, while both Dani Sadek and Lisa Bruno blocked four shots each. Dunne blocked three shots herself, while Skaggs, Lauren Spring and Rebecca Freiburger blocked two shots each.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to host Minnesota State next weekend. Puck drop for game one of the series is set for 6:07 p.m. Friday.
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