MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – March 7, 2020 – Ohio State's Tatum Skaggs scored at 4:56 of overtime to defeat Minnesota, 4-3, in the second semifinal of the 2020 WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis Saturday. The third-seeded Buckeyes will meet No. 1 seed Wisconsin in Sunday's championship game at 2:07 p.m. CT.
Skaggs winning goal came off a rebound of a Liz Schepers shot and sends OSU to the WCHA's championship game for just the second time in program history. OSU's only other appearance came in 2001.
Sophomore Amy Potomak potted a pair of unassisted goals to stake the Golden Gophers to a 2-0 second period lead but strong goaltending from sophomore Andrea Braendli kept the Buckeyes in the game early as Minnesota outshot Ohio State, 17-3, in the opening period but only found the back of the net once on the first of Potomak's two goals at 4:33.
The score stood at 2-0 after Potomak second goal at 3:04 of the second period but Skaggs got the Buckeyes on the board just 1:22 later with her 15th goal of the season on assists from Emma Maltais and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Jincy Dunne.
Ohio State equalized late in the period when Jenn Gardner banged home a rebound off a shot from Paetyn Lewis to tie the score at 2-2, but Minnesota retook the momentum less than two minutes later on a 5-on-3 power play goal from Taylor Heise to give the Golden Gophers a 3-2 lead that they carried into the second intermission.
The lead held for the Gophers until late in the third period when Gardner punched a shot past Minnesota netminder Sydney Scobee at 7:27 to deadlock the contest at 3-3 and send the game into overtime, the first in the WCHA semifinals since 2017.
Braendli made 38 stops in the Buckeye victory while Scobee finished the night with 24 saves for Minnesota.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is marking its 21st season in 2019-20. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 101 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit wcha.com.