No. 8 UMD women’s hockey seeks revenge over No. 1 Ohio State in season’s second series

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In mid-October the University of Minnesota (UMD) women’s hockey team made the trip out to Ohio State University (OSU) for a 2022 NCAA national championship rematch.

While the Buckeyes got the best of the Bulldogs 3-2 in both games, UMD would take one into overtime.

Now the 8th ranked Bulldogs are coming off a week of rest, riding two straight series sweeps, as they welcome top-ranked OSU to AMSOIL Arena this weekend.

“I still think we’ve grown so much in those six weeks,” head coach Maura Crowell said. “Whether it’s second semester, which you kind of like, or both in the same semester you make due and I think we’re a much better team than we were when we were down there. It allows us to take a look at the tape and know that they’re fairly similar to how they were.”

Since their last meeting with the just once-beaten Buckeyes (12-1-2), UMD has found depth in scoring putting away 13 goals in back-to-back shutouts against Harvard last weekend.

“It was tough because we were playing top teams and we were playing such good hockey,” fifth year forward Anneke Linser said regarding their last series with OSU. “We weren’t getting the reward for it so it feels really good to be rewarded. I think we have a good added energy, especially with the bye weekend, getting good rest physically and mentally. We’re excited for this weekend.”

UMD (11-5) drops the puck against Ohio Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. in Duluth.