The Ohio State women’s hockey team fell into a Golden Gopher hole Saturday at Ridder Arena, losing 2-0 to Minnesota in the WCHA semifinals to end its run for a conference title.
The Buckeyes will wait for Sunday night’s NCAA selection show to learn of a potential at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.
Two minutes into the second period, Minnesota freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle scored the first goal of the night. Freshman forward Taylor Wente and freshman defender Olivia Knowles were credited with assists.
With 2:25 remaining in the third period, Ohio State, which had not managed to put a goal past redshirt senior goaltender Sidney Peters, added extra pressure by pulling freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen from the net. But it did not give the Buckeyes the desired game-tying goal.
Minnesota freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle scored the final goal of the night on an empty net just 35 seconds before the final buzzer. She was credited with her 17th goal of the season.
With Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve still hurt, freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen defended the net. She saved 25 of 27 shots.