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Minnesota beat Ohio State 7-2 in Columbus. Emily Oden had a 4 point game and five different goaltenders played.

Gopher Grace Zumwinkle (#12) had two goals and an assist in tonight’s 7-2 victory over Ohio State.
Cat Lenander

Friday night kicked off Gopher women’s hockey series at Ohio State. Like many Minnesota-OSU games, things got physical pretty quickly as Madison Field went for hooking Grace Zumwinkle at 2:47. On the power play Emily Brown’s shot bounced off goaltender Andrea Braendli and Emily Oden fed the puck to Zumwinkle for a rebound goal at 3:13. Seconds later Alex Woken earned an interference minor at 3:43 and while the Buckeyes tried to create some chances, the penalty harmlessly expired two minutes later. A Kelly Pannek shot hit Braendli’s glove and then Catie Skaja shot into her chest. A Minnesota shot from the blue line resulted in a scramble at OSU’s crease until Oden scored at 7:24. Skaja and Crystalyn Hengler assisted.

Woken flew down the right side and buried the puck in the back of the net at 8:13. Taylor Williamson and Pannek assisted on this goal, which also resulted in Braendli getting replaced by Lynsey Wallace. Wallace quickly went on to block a Zumwinkle slapshot. Then Pannek went to the box for tripping Tatum Skaggs at 11:19. Goaltender Alex Gulstene hadn’t seen a lot of action first period, but she still stopped Frield’s shot and fended off several other Buckeye chances before the Gophers killed the penalty. Lisa Bruno had a great shot. Then Field made a high one, which Gulstene still managed to block. Field took another penalty for hooking Pannek at 16:25. Minnesota didn’t do much with the power play until Nicole Schammel knocked home Oden’s rebound at 18:16. Zumwinkle had the second assist.

The Buckeyes rushed out on the attack second period. This ultimately resulted in Field scoring at 1:10 with a point blank shot after Sophie Skarzynski got knocked down. Lauren Boyle had the lone assist. Skaja put a shot through OSU’s crease. Then when she drove the puck the crease Sophie Jaques hooked her, earning Minnesota another power play at 3:18. Ohio State killed the penalty. Grace Ostertag got tripped without a call and the Buckeyes controlled play for several minutes. However that didn’t help them, as it was Zumwinkle who knocked a bouncing puck just below the crossbar into the back of the net at 11:19. Taylor Wente and Schammel assisted.

OSU started up another flurry, which ended when Jincy Dunne scored glove side with a shot through traffic at 13:32. Bruno assisted. Woken, assisted by Pannek and Schammel, scored her second of the night with a high shot at 16:00. Less than a minute later Olivia Knowles’s shot hit Oden and deflected into goal at 16:33. Skaja earned the second assist. The rest of the period went fairly quietly with Minnesota making a couple of wide shots in the last minute of the period.

Freshman Emily Oden (#21) had a fantastic night with two goals and two assists for a career high four points in a single game.
Cat Lenander

Third period started with another goaltending change for Ohio State, as they put Amanda Zeglen between the pipes. Amy Potomak had a high shot and Skaja tried to knock in the rebound, but Zeglen denied both. Schammel took a hooking penalty at 4:45 and OSU immediately used their timeout. Jaques put a shot into Gulstene, which caused a mess at the crease before play was whistled down, but Minnesota ultimately killed the penalty with strong defensive play. There were a few quiet minutes before Pannek felt, which resulted in a turnover to Field, whose shot got blocked by Gulstene.

Around the halfway mark Skaja fed the puck to Oden for a quick shot, which Zeglen denied. The pair tried a similar play with the same result. Buckeyes made a couple of wide shots on goal. Then during another run at the net Knowles came in and knocked the puck off Field’s stick, which unexpectedly earned her a trip to the box for interference at 13:17. She was quickly joined in the box by Kate Robinson, who received a boarding minor at 13:56. Minnesota managed to kill the 5-on-3 play and then Skaggs hauled Sarah Potomak down to the ice right in front of the referees without a call. Gophers then went back to full strength.

At 17:25 Minnesota put Emma May in goal for the first time this season and Gulstene gave her a head pat as she left the ice. Amy Potomak had another wide shot on goal. Then Pannek fed the puck to Sarah Potomak for a breakaway, which didn’t go as smoothly as she wanted because Samantha Bouley slashed her at 19:21. This resulted in a power play instead of a penalty shot, but the Gophers didn’t do a lot with the final 39 seconds of the game. After outshooting Ohio State 36-21 Minnesota decisively won 7-2. They finish the series tomorrow at 2:07pm CT.