Frozen Four Women’s Recap
The highly anticipated Frozen Four has come and gone and fans who made the trip out to State College were treated to some great hockey over the weekend.
In the end, it was the top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes who came away with its first national championship title.
The Buckeyes were able to come away with the trophy after defeating conference rival Minnesota Duluth by a score of 3-2.
Following a scoreless first period and a second period which also still found both teams tied, Kenzie Hauswirth was able to score the championship-winning goal late in the third period.
To get to that point, the Buckeyes had to take on No. 5 Yale in the semifinals in what was a low-scoring affair.
All of the scoring took place in the second period and were started by the Bulldogs.
Tabea Botthof scored on a heads-up play as she was able to get one by Amanda Thiele with the puck loose in front of the net.
That lead would not last long however as the Buckeyes would score back-to-back goals just minutes later.
The score would stay at 2-1 for the rest of the game with Ohio State completely taking the game over after taking the lead.
Ohio State’s semifinal victory was the second of two games to be played that day and they had a tough act to follow.
The first semifinal game between Minnesota Duluth and No. 3 Northeastern proved to be such a thriller that it caused the game after it started an hour later.
In the second period, Skylar Irving would start the scoring for Northeastern to give them an early lead which would last for most of the regulation.
That would be until Taylor Anderson tied things up in the third period for Minnesota Duluth which would send both teams into overtime tied up at one.
The game wouldn’t be decided until towards the end of the second overtime period with the Bulldogs scoring yet again.
This time it was Naomi Rogge who sent Minnesota Duluth to the national championship in thrilling fashion.
With this year’s event taking place at Pegula Ice Arena in State College, the Frozen Four was loaded with excitement and close finishes and could be a preview of what to expect when the event returns to Penn State University in 2026.
Logan Bourandas is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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