The University of Minnesota women's hockey team earned a season sweep of OhioState with a 7-4 victory in Columbus. Minnesota's special teams played well, as the Gophers got two shorthanded goals, and two power play goals in the game.
OhioState scored first, taking a 1-0 lead when Ally Tarr scored 11 and a half minutes into the game, assisted by Natalie Spooner and Sara Schmitt. The Gophers responded with a goal by Sarah Erickson at 15:33. Meghan Lorence and Rachel Ramsey had assists on the goal that tied the score at 1-1. Minnesota took three penalties in the first period, giving the Buckeyes power play opportunities on two of those penalties. The Gophers tallied 12 shots on goal in the opening period to the Buckeyes' eight.
Six goals were scored in the second period, with Minnesota adding four to OhioState's two. Three and a half minutes into the period, with OhioState on the power play, senior Jen Schoullis scored a shorthanded goal, to put the Gophers ahead 2-1. The goal was the second shorthanded goal in Schoullis' career, her first this season. The Buckeyes responded with a goal a minute and a half later, tying it up at 2-2 when Natalie Spooner got a power play goal. The goal marked the first by Spooner against the Gophers this season. Ten minutes into the period, sophomore Sarah Davis found the net, giving the Gophers a one-goal lead at 3-2. Katie Frischmann and Sarah Erickson had assists on the goal. The assist marked the first scoring point for Frischmann this season.
With the Buckeyes on the power play again, the Gophers scored shorthanded for the second time in the game when Sarah Davis got the first shorthanded goal of her career to put Minnesota ahead 4-2 with eight minutes remaining in the period. Kelly Terry and Anne Schleper assisted. OhioState moved back within a goal when Natalie Spooner got her second goal of the game with four minutes remaining in the period, assisted by Laura McIntosh and Chelsea Knapp. Before the period ended, Amanda Kessel gave the Gophers an insurance goal and a 5-3 lead. Sarah Erickson and Megan Bozek had assists on Kessel's goal. Shots on goal in the second period mirrored the first period exactly, with the Gophers at a 12-8 advantage in shots.
The Gophers pulled ahead 6-3 with a goal from Rachel Bona just 33 seconds into the third period. Jen Schoullis and Anne Schleper had assists on the goal. Both teams went scoreless for the next 11 minutes, before Ally Tarr scored her second goal of the game to bring the score to 6-4. With two Buckeye players in the penalty box with 14:16 on the clock, the Gophers capitalized on a five-on-three advantage when Megan Bozek scored to give the Gophers a 7-4 lead. Amanda Kessel and Sarah Erickson assisted on the goal. The Gophers outshot OhioState 14-8 in the final period.
With the win, the Gophers are 26-4-2 on the season, and 20-4-2 in WCHA games. OhioState falls to 15-13-4 and 12-13-1 in conference games.
The Gophers are next in action at home against North Dakota Feb. 17-18. Friday's game will start at 6:00, while Saturday will be a 4 p.m. start at Ridder Arena. The Gopher senior class will honored before the game on Saturday.