Gophers Sweep Buckeyes for 19-1-0 Start

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  1st 2nd 3rd F
Minnesota 1 4 0 5
Ohio State 1 0 0 1
 5
 
 1
 Scoring Summary
First Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
MINN 4:03 McMillen Schipper, Wolfe
OSU 15:45 Gagne S. Schmitt, Tarr
Second Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
MINN 0:33 Davis Bona
MINN 3:01 McMillen Brandt, Cameranesi
MINN 6:18 Davis Bona, McMillen
MINN 15:07 Gillanders McMillen, Terry
Third Period
No Scoring
 Goalies
  GA SVS
 Leveille (MINN) 1 12
 Steffes (OSU) 5 43
 Team Statistics
  MINN OSU
 Shots on Goal 48 13
 Power Play 1-7 1-7
 Penalties 11-22 9-29
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Dec. 8, 2013

Final Stats | Frost Post-Game

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) recorded a career-high four points to lead No. 1 Minnesota to a 5-1 win and a series sweep over Ohio State at OSU Ice Rink Sunday afternoon.

McMillen's four points included two goals and two assists. Senior Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.) added two goals, including a short-handed tally, and fellow senior Baylee Gillanders (Kyle, Sask.) capped the scoring with her third goal of the season.

"It was a hard-fought win here tonight," head coach Brad Frost said. "It was great to see our players come out and play so well after a good game yesterday. I'm proud of the way our kids battled and competed all day in the midst of some pretty tough circumstances."

In a physical game, the Gophers were called for a season-high 11 penalties (22 minutes). Ohio State (5-11-2, 2-10-2-0 WCHA) took nine penalties for 29 minutes, including a five-minute major and a game disqualification for Cara Zubko for checking from behind. Both teams finished 1-for-7 on the power-play.

With the win, Minnesota closes out the first half of the season with a 19-1-0 overall mark (13-1-0 WCHA), the second-best first-half record in Gopher women's hockey history.

"The team played great, and finishing off the first half 19-1 is just fantastic," Frost said. "Overall, a great day, a great weekend and a great first half."

The Gophers got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead at the 4:03 mark of the first period when McMillen found the back of the net. However, the Buckeyes responded with a goal by Danielle Gagne at 15:45, and the teams headed into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie.

Minnesota took control of the game with four second-period goals, beginning with Davis' short-handed goal just 33 seconds into the period. McMillen scored her seventh of the season on the power play less than two minutes later. Davis and Gillanders added even-strength goals at 6:18 and 15:07, respectively, to close out the scoring, and the teams skated to a scoreless third period.

The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes, 48-13. OSU senior goaltender Lisa Steffes made 43 saves and fell to 3-5-1 on the season, and sophomore Amanda Leveille (Kingston, Ont.) made 12 saves in her 19th win of the year.

Minnesota now has a four-week hiatus from competition for the holiday break. The Gophers return to action in 2014 when they host Ohio State at Ridder Arena, Jan. 10-11, 2014.

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