|1st||2:06||OSU||1-0||EV||Jacyn Reeves (1)||Liz Schepers/1, Dani Sadek/3|
|1st||3:49||OSU||2-0||EV||Jacyn Reeves (2)||Lauren Spring/2|
|2nd||10:59||MIN||1-2||EV||Sophie Skarzynski (1)||Alex Woken/2|
|2nd||14:19||MIN||2-2||PP||Grace Zumwinkle (3)||Lindsay Agnew/1, Caitlin Reilly/1|
|3rd||7:22||OSU||3-2||EV GW||Charly Dahlquist (1)||Tatum Skaggs/2, Emma Maltais/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (3-0-0)||0/5||5/10||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauvé (W, 3-0-0)||59:51||2||5||17||4||26|
|Alex Gulstene (L, 1-1-0)||59:53||3||6||11||7||24|
MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 4 University of Minnesota women's hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Ohio State Friday night at Ridder Arena. The Golden Gophers rallied to tie the game at two in the second period after falling behind 2-0 early in the game, but Ohio State's Charly Dahlquist scored the game-winner in the third.
"Not the result we wanted, but at least in the second and third period I thought we played really well," head coach Brad Frost said. "We climbed back on the two-goal hole and showed some good resilience by our team. Unfortunately, that third one going off our defenseman on kind-of a harmless play was a tough way to lose.
"Our team is learning and growing and we have to learn from this. You know, obviously spotting a team a two-goal lead in the first four minutes doesn't bode well for a lot of success. Overall, I'm looking forward to tomorrow to get back at it."
Ohio State (3-0-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the game's opening four minutes with two quick goals by Jacyn Reeves, but Minnesota (1-2-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) tied the game in the second period with goals by Sophie Skarzynski and Grace Zumwinkle.
Dahlquist then scored the game-winner for the Buckeyes with 12:38 remaining in the game when she fired a puck from the red line toward the Gophers' net, and it bounced off a Minnesota player into the net on a fluke play.
For the game, Minnesota held Ohio State scoreless on five power-play opportunities while going one-for-five with the man advantage.
After being outshot early on, the Gophers had a 28-27 advantage in shots on goal for the game. Alex Gulstene made 24 saves for the Maroon & Gold while OSU netminder Kassidy Sauve recorded 26 saves.
Reeves put OSU on the board just 2:06 into the game, scoring her first goal of the season, before netting her second tally just 1:43 later. The visiting Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission after outshooting Minnesota 8-5 over the opening 20 minutes.
Skarzynski and Zumwinkle found the back of the net for Minnesota in the middle frame as Skarzynski netted her first goal of the year midway through the period off a backhand feed from Alex Woken to cut the OSU lead to one with 9:01 to go in the second.
Zumwinkle tied the game with her third goal of the year, scoring on the power play at the 14:19 mark of the period. Sydney Baldwin fired a shot from the point, and Caitlin Reilly and Lindsay Agnew both got a stick on it in front of Sauve before the puck popped out to Zumwinkle on the backdoor, and she buried it.
Dahlquist then broke the 2-2 tie midway through the third period to give OSU the lead, and the Buckeyes held on for the win.
Minnesota and Ohio State meet in game two of this weekend's WCHA series at 3 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena.