COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team fell to top-ranked Minnesota Saturday night at the OSU Ice Rink by a score of 9-2.
Ohio State came out of the gates fast putting six shots on goal before Minnesota registered its first, but a two-on-one breakaway score from Meghan Lorence at 12:02 of the first period put the Gophers up 1-0.
Rachel Bona and Maryanne Menefee each were able to get the puck past Ohio State's redshirt senior goaltender Chelsea Knapp and Minnesota carried a three-goal lead into the first intermission despite being outshot 9-7.
Sophomore defenseman Cara Zubko brought the Buckeyes within two scores as she fired a shot by Gopher goaltender Amanda Levielle at 6:23 of the second. The first career goal for the Stenen, Saskatchewan product was assisted on by freshman Claudia Kepler and sophomore Julia McKinnon.
Minnesota would extend the lead again to three goals while killing off a Buckeye power play. The short-handed score came following a turnover in the OSU zone and off the stick of Dani Cameranesi. Menefee would bury her second of the night just a few minutes later and the score was 5-1 in favor of the Gophers after the second stanza.
The Gophers poured it on in the final period, getting two more scores from Bona, another from Cameranesi and one from Hannah Brandt. The third period goals from Cameranesi and Brandt came on Gopher power play chances. Minnesota finished 2-5 on the power play.
With only five seconds remaining on the clock, freshman Alexa Ranahan tallied her first career score to make it a 9-2 final score. Redshirt junior Kara Gust and senior Madison Marcotte picked up assists on the scoring play which came on the power play. Ohio State finished 1-7 on the power play attack.
Knapp played the whole game for Ohio State stopping 26 shots while Leveille finished with 24 saves for Minnesota.
Ohio State (5-10-2, 2-9-2 WCHA) and Minnesota (18-1-0, 12-1-0 WCHA) will finish off the series Sunday afternoon with opening face-off set for 12:07 p.m. ET.