Ohio State sweeps Minnesota with high-octane offense

Defensemen Sydney Baldwin scored the lone goal for Minnesota to prevent the shutout.

Redshirt junior forward Nicole Schammel skates with the puck on Friday Dec. 8 at Ridder Arena.

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Redshirt junior forward Nicole Schammel skates with the puck on Friday Dec. 8 at Ridder Arena.

Max Biegert

Minnesota’s trip to Ohio did not go as planned for the team.

The No. 5 Gophers (17-8-2, 10-6-2-0 WCHA) lost to No. 7 Ohio State (17-5-4, 10-2-4-3 WCHA) 5-1 on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Gophers lone scorer was Sydney Baldwin, who netted a goal with 9:47 left to play in the third period. Alex Gulstene started the game for the Gophers by making 13 saves, but goaltender Sidney Peters replaced her for the final 30 minutes.

The Buckeye’s went out to a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Tatum Skaggs and Liz Schepers. Skaggs scored 7:25 into the game while Schepers netted a goal 30 seconds later. 

Ohio State extended its lead in the second period after scoring two more goals. Maddy Field scored at the 9:21 mark and 26 seconds later Rebecca Freiburger scored, which led to head coach Brad Frost switching goaltenders.

Minnesota goes back to Ridder Arena Friday to play a two-game series with Mankato.