|2nd||11:00||OSU||1-0||EV||Tatum Skaggs (18)||Jincy Dunne/17, Emma Maltais/22|
|3rd||3:52||MND||1-1||EV||Anna Klein (2)||Kateřina Mrázová/10, Jalyn Elmes/12|
|3rd||14:30||MND||2-1||EV GW||Anna Klein (3)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (17-7-4)||0/1||5/10||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (12-13-2)||0/1||5/10||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kassidy Sauvé (L, 15-7-4)||58:30||2||8||10||5||23|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Convery (W, 12-11-1)||60:00||1||11||10||12||33|
If Anna Klein wasn't on Ohio State University's radar prior to Saturday afternoon, the freshman forward sure is now.
The rookie's pair of third period highlight-worthy goals propelled the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team over the fifth-ranked Buckeyes 2-1 at AMSOIL Arena. Just the second sweep of the Buckeyes this season, the six WCHA points pocketed by UMD pushes the Bulldogs back into fourth place in the league, and now two points ahead of Bemidji State University. It also shakes a monkey of sorts off UMD's back - its sweep over a ranked opponent was the first by the Bulldogs this season and the first since UMD knocked off the then second-ranked University of Minnesota back on Jan. 13-14, 2017.
"We talk about bending but not breaking, and we spent a lot of time in our defensive zone, especially in that second period, but only one of those plays ended up in the back of the net, " said UMD head coach Maura Crowell. "Holding that offense to one goal gave our team lot a lot of energy. We got to reset after the second period and these guys came back with some fire. I was proud and encouraged by the way our team stuck together and got it done."
The even paced game was scoreless for the first 31 minutes, until OSU freshman Tatum Skaggs backhanded a rebound on the doorstep to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead at 11:00.
The Bulldogs skated into the second intermission down one but still somewhat stunned from Skaggs goal against the grain. Enter Klein, who single-handedly breathed new life into UMD at 3:52 of the third period. The product of Edina, Minn. tracked down a long rebound off a Jalyn Elmes shot from the slot. Klein's hustle resulted in a wrist shot from the extended goal line that threaded the space between the post and OSU goaltender Kassidy Sauve for the game-tying goal.
Klein wasn't done, however, and despite having just one career goal to her name as a Bulldog prior to Saturday, her second goal was almost as impressive as her improbable first one. The feisty forward intercepted a Buckeye breakout pass and wristed the puck over Sauve's glove at 14:30 to net the eventual game-winner for UMD.
"I was nervous, but our goalie (Jessica Convery) was talking in between the periods that she could tell she (Sauve) was off angle," said Klein about her game-winning goal. "She said that she could tell from the center that she left more of her glove side open, so I thought I'll just shoot it there. She's a good goalie, so I just shot it and hoped it didn't miss the net and it hit the crossbar."
Convery did her part to contribute to the Bulldogs with 33 saves, many of which took the wind out of the 1,213 Bulldog faithful in attendance. The senior goaltender was one of the weekend's most valuable players in her own right, stopping a total 71 shots and holding a OSU squad that entered the weekend averaging 3.23 goals game to a total of three in the series, respectively. Sauve had 23 saves for the Buckeyes, who despite having outshot UMD 35-24 - and for a second-straight skate - fall to 17-7-4 and 10-4-4 in the WCHA.
UMD - now 12-13-2 overall and 8-10-1 in league action, will play a rare midweek contest at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6:07 p.m. The Bulldogs, who are 2-1-1 against the Huskies, including 0-1-1 against them just one weekend ago, will be playing for the three WCHA points that were taken off the table when the two squads met one week ago for Hockey Day Minnesota.