The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team suffered a 6-5 defeat against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, resulting in their second loss of the weekend. Junior goaltender Skylar Vetter put up an impressive performance in the net for the second consecutive game, stopping 46 shots from the Buckeyes.
Ella Huber opened the scoring with a top-shelf power play goal in the first period, assisted by junior Peyton Hemp. Josefin Bouveng extended Minnesota’s lead to 2-0 by stealing the puck in the Ohio State zone and scoring a solo goal.
In the second period, the Buckeyes turned the game around by netting four goals, taking a 4-3 lead into the final period. Vetter made 34 saves after 40 minutes of play.
The third period saw four more goals, with Nelli Laitinen scoring her second goal of the day to secure her first multi-goal game of her career. Minnesota closed the gap to one goal when Peyton Hemp found the back of the net with just over 1:30 remaining. However, the Gophers were unable to equalize in the final moments, resulting in a 6-5 loss.
Head coach Brad Frost expressed frustration with the result but also praised the team’s fighting spirit. He highlighted the team’s ability to generate quality chances in the closing seconds of the game.
Notable performances included Skylar Vetter’s 46 saves, Ella Huber’s fourth multi-point game of the season, Josefin Bouveng’s career-high four-point game, and Nelli Laitinen’s first-career multi-goal game.
The team’s next game will be against the Minnesota State Mavericks on Friday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. CT at Ridder Arena.