Columbus, Ohio – The goals kept coming in the second period. One after another.
Just over 12½ minutes into the period, the Gophers women’s hockey team had scored six goals en route to a 7-1 drubbing of Ohio State on Saturday afternoon to sweep its WCHA series.
No. 2 Minnesota (24-3-1, 14-3-1 WCHA) won the first game 7-2.
Freshman forward Taylor Heise had the second and third goals — 37 seconds apart — in the scoring outburst. Five other players had one apiece in the game.
“A big second period scoring six and just playing great and playing our game,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said, “and doing everything that we want to do, in particular on the road.”
After a scoreless opening period, the Gophers’ Crystalyn Hengler got her first goal of the season on a power play at 1:41 of the second. Heise’s first goal of the game came at 6:34.
And after Heise’s second, OSU (15-11, 9-9) countered with a shorthanded goal. It did little to stem the Gophers’ attack. Taylor Wente, Alex Woken and Amy Potomak all found the net to make it 6-1. Wente and Potomak scored with a man advantage, making the Gophers 3-for-3 on the power play.
Grace Zumwinkle of the Gophers got the only goal of the third period.
Sydney Scobee had 21 saves for Minnesota in 2½-plus periods before Emma May replaced her and didn’t face a shot.
Two OSU goalies combined for 31 stops in the Buckeyes’ fifth loss in a row.