Megan Bozek scored at 3:14 in overtime to lift the No. 7 University of Minnesota women's hockey team to a 2-1 win over No. 10 Ohio State, today, at Ridder Arena. Trailing 1-0, the Golden Gophers scored at 10:19 in the third and again at 3:14 for the win. Minnesota improves to 13-6-0 overall and 8-6-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. With the win, the Gophers are now in sole possession of fourth place in the WCHA standings with 24 points.
The two teams went scoreless after two periods. OSU outshot the Gophers, 14-10 in the first, while Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes, 15-8, in the second.
OSU scored a five-on-three goal at 6:58 in the third to break the scoreless game when Hokey Langan scored her 10th goal of the season. The assists went to Laura McIntosh and Shannon Reilly. The Langen goal was the first allowed by the Gophers and goalie Noora Raty of the weekend. Raty earned her sixth shutout of the season on Friday when she stopped 28 saves. She held the Buckeyes scoreless for over five periods of play.
Following the OSU goal, the Gophers started peppering Buckeye goalie Lisa Steffes. Kelly Seeler wound up and one-timed the puck at 10:19 in the third period for her fourth goal of the season. The assists went to Sarah Erickson and Jen Schoullis. The Seeler goal forced the game into overtime. Bozek received the puck from Sarah Davis and first a shot from the left point. The puck bounced off both pipes and found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season. It was Bozek's second game-winning goal of the season. Kelly Terry added the second assist.
Today's game marked the first time the Gophers played in overtime this season. It was the fifth overtime game for the Buckeyes as they now sit, 0-3-2 in the extra stanza.
Minnesota now trails Wisconsin (36 points), Minnesota Duluth (31 points) and North Dakota (26 points) in the WCHA standings. Both Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota have played in 16 conference games, while Wisconsin and Minnesota have played in 14.
Raty earned her 12th win of the season. She had 14 saves in the first, eight in the second, eight in the third and one in overtime for 31 saves. She enters the break with a 1.55 goals against average and a .945 save percentage.
Heading into the break, Terry leads the team in points with 22, followed by Amanda Kessel with 20, Sarah Davis with 16 and Sarah Erickson with 15.
Minnesota is idle until Jan. 7 when Minnesota State comes to town. The game is set for a 6:07 p.m. start, followed by a 4:07 p.m. start on Jan. 8 for the series conclusion.