COLUMBUS, OHIO – Dani Cameranesi scored twice in the second period — 3½ minutes apart — and had an assist on the first goal of the game as the Gophers defeated Ohio State 7-2 on Friday night in the Buckeyes’ home opener.
Kate Schipper put No. 1-rated Minnesota (5-0, 3-0 WCHA) ahead 1-0 on a power play with 1:07 left in the first period. The Buckeyes tied the score with 11 seconds left in the period on Cara Zubko’s goal — the first given up by the Gophers this season.
Cara Piazza’s unassisted goal at 6:43 of the middle period gave the visitors a 2-1 lead, and they scored three more times in the next eight minutes. Brooke Garzone got the next goal, and then Cameranesi got her two.
“It was kind of a slow start for us,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said, “but I’m happy with the way we responded in the second period and started to generate more things offensively.”
Minnesota took a 7-1 lead in the third period on goals by Sophie Skarzynski and Nina Rodgers before Ohio State scored its second goal with 1.3 seconds in the game.
“I didn’t like that we gave up goals at the end of the first and the end of the game, but those are things that we’ll correct and hopefully do better [Saturday],” Frost said.