STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Kenzie Hauswirth broke the tie with 6:20 left and top-seeded Ohio State defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Sunday for the first Frozen Four Women’s Championship. Buckeyes.
Hauswirth fired a shot from the left side that deflected off a defender’s skate and slid inside the far post.
Paetyn Levis and Clair Degeorge also scored for Ohio State (32-6-0) and Amanda Thiele made 17 saves. The Buckeyes have won their last 10 games and 11 of 12, setting a program record for wins in a season.
Naomi Rogge and Elizabeth Giguere scored for Minnesota Duluth.
Minnesota Duluth (27-12-1), which shared four regular season meetings with the Buckeyes, made its first appearance in the championship game since 2010, when the Bulldogs won the last of their five titles – all while 10 years. .
Levis took advantage of a giveaway — and then some baffling defense — to score a power-play goal about four minutes into the second period to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead.
Rogge responded with a goal in net for the Bulldogs at 7:18 of the second, redirecting a shot that went across the crease and across the line.
Degeorge, after Duluth goalie Emma Soderberg left the net and then lost her balance as she challenged a shot from Levis, slipped a wrist shot past a defender and through the legs of another in the net to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead 24 seconds into the third period.
Anna Klein stole the puck from Madison Bizal of Ohio State and fed Giguere, who calmly threw a high wrist glove into the single hole to tie the score 1:13 seconds later.