COLUMBUS, Ohio – A 4-3 win on Friday night for the Gophers at Value City Arena snapped No. 2/3 Ohio State’s seven-game winning streak as Minnesota handed the Buckeyes just their second loss in the last 15 games. The Maroon & Gold remain unbeaten against the Big Ten frontrunners (1-0-2) heading into tomorrow’s series finale.
Minnesota (12-14-4 overall, 9-9-3-0 Big Ten) snapped a four-game road skid with the win behind goals from Jack Sadek, Nathan Burke, Ryan Zuhlsdorf and Scott Reedy.
The Gophers jumped out to a two-goal lead on Friday night and never trailed in the win over the Buckeyes. Sadek opened things up with his fourth goal of the year at 16:44 of the first period when he put home a shot from the point after being set up by Sam Rossini and Burke. Burke added to the lead with his fourth goal of the year at 11:56 of the second period, set up with some nifty passing by BMW Line partners Blake McLaughlin and Sammy Walker.
Ohio State (19-6-4, 12-4-3-2) snuck onto the board late in the second period when John Wiittala scored at 19:44 on the Buckeyes’ second shot on goal of the period.
Zuhlsdorf reclaimed the two-goal lead at 6:10 of the third period when he snapped a 99-game goal drought dating back to Oct. 9, 2016 (his first series as a freshman with the Gophers). The junior defenseman snuck a shot from the blue line into the corner of the net with assists going to McLaughlin and Burke. Burke ended the night with a game-high three points (one goal, two assists) for his first career three-point performance.
Sam McCormick’s first goal of the year at 8:41 brought it to 3-2 in favor of the visitors, but Scott Reedy’s power-play goal at 10:44 put the game away for good. The sophomore forward snapped a 13-game goal drought for the eventual game winner as Tommy Novak and Rem Pitlick set up Reedy for his first goal of 2019. Quinn Preston brought the game back to within one with an extra-attacker goal for Ohio State at 16:25, but the Buckeyes couldn’t find the equalizer at the end of the night.
Eric Schierhorn picked up the win for Minnesota in his first start since Dec. 29, making 21 saves to improve to 3-4-0 on the year. The senior earned his 58th career win on Friday. Sean Romeo made 19 saves in net for Ohio State, falling to 8-5-2 on the year.
The Big Ten’s best special teams units were successful again on Friday night as Minnesota’s power-play ended the game 1-for-4 while the penalty kill was 1-for-1. Ohio State outshot the Gophers 24-23 in the series opener.
Minnesota returns to action on Saturday against Ohio State on Big Ten Network. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. CT.
MINNEAPOLIS – Abigail Boreen, Crystalyn Hengler, and Amy Potomak scored goals to lead the No. 1 Golden Gopher women’s hockey team to a 3-1 win over visiting Minnesota State at Ridder Arena Friday night.
Minnesota (26-4-1, 16-4-1-0 WCHA) took a three-goal lead before Minnesota State (9-16-5, 3-15-3-2 WCHA) got on the board in the third period, but the Gophers dominated the low-scoring game with a 39-11 advantage in shots on goal and an 81-23 lead in shot attempts.
Alex Gulstene improved to 17-2-0 on the season, making 10 saves on 11 shots faced. Meanwhile, Minnesota State’s Abigail Levy kept is a close game with 36 saves.
Hengler scored the eventual game-winner for the Maroon & Gold in the opening period after Boreen gave the home team the lead. A. Potomak extended the lead to three on a power-play goal before MSU’s Sofia Poinar spoiled the shutout just 20 seconds into the third period.
Minnesota was one-for-seven on the power play as the teams combined for nine penalties in a physical game. The Mavericks were one-for-two with the skater advantage.
Boreen gave Minnesota the lead off a feed from Emily Oden with 13:39 remaining in the opening frame. Oden fed Boreen a pass, and Boreen was able to knock a bouncing puck past Levy after it hit both the pipe and Levy.
Hengler then doubled the Gophers’ lead, scoring her second collegiate goal seconds after Minnesota’s first power play of the game expired. Hengler caught a cross-ice pass from Grace Zumwinkle and fired it past Levy from inside the right faceoff circle.
The Gophers converted on their fifth power play of the game when A. Potomak solved Levy in the slot. Taylor Heise and Emily Brown picked up assists on the play, and Minnesota took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission after outshooting the Mavericks 20-4 in the middle frame and 32-7 over the first two periods.
With Zumwinkle in the penalty box after a collision with Levy late in the second period, the Mavericks got on the board just 20 seconds into the final stanza on Poinar’s first goal of the season. However, the Gophers stifled any chance of a comeback and skated to the 3-1 win.
Minnesota and Minnesota State meet in game two of this weekend’s series at 4:07 p.m. Saturday.