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UMD women's hockey: Buckeyes get earlier start, hold off Bulldogs for series split

UMD sophomore goaltender Jojo Chobak followed her 27-save shutout win on Friday with 38 saves on Saturday as she takes over the Bulldogs net from Olympian Emma Soderberg.

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Minnesota Duluth's McKenzie Hewett (24) scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in a 3-1 loss at Ohio State.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — After failing to beat the buzzer Friday in a 1-0 home loss to Minnesota Duluth , Ohio State jumped on the Bulldogs much earlier Saturday.

The second-ranked Buckeyes were able to force a weekend and regular-season split with the No. 8 Bulldogs by scoring twice in the first period en route to a 3-1 victory in WCHA play at the OSU Ice Rink.

Bulldogs sophomore goaltender Jojo Chobak made 38 saves on 41 shots in what was just her second collegiate start. Playing this weekend in place of Olympian Emma Soderberg — who left Friday to join Sweden for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing — she posted a 27-save shutout in her first start Friday.

“Jojo was fantastic this weekend,” Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell said. “For her to go and play the way she did all weekend long, she gave us a chance to win today against a tough barrage of shots, especially in the second period. She stood tall for us.”

Of Chobak’s 38 saves Saturday, 17 came in the second period.

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Sophomore forward Jenna Buglioni and senior defenseman Sophie Jaques scored for the Buckeyes in the first period with Jaques feeding Buglioni for the first goal 10:36 in and Jaques putting away her own rebound with 3:04 remaining before the first intermission.

OSU senior forward Clair DeGeorge and UMD senior forward McKenzie Hewett traded goals within 14 seconds of each other in the third period. It was the fifth goal of the season for Hewett, who scored off the faceoff via assists from freshman forward Gabby Krause and senior forward Naomi Rogge.

Buckeyes sophomore goaltender Amanda Thiele — playing in place of senior Andrea Braendli, Switzerland’s Olympic goalie — made 18 saves.

The Bulldogs were held to a season-low 19 shots on Saturday, while UMD’s top line of seniors Anna Klein, Gabbie Hughes and Elizabeth Giguere were held without a point for the entire weekend — a first in 2021-22.

“We got stuck in our defensive end too much and they got a ton of energy off of that,” Crowell said. “They just kept coming at us, kept coming at us. So that was a tough game.”

UMD is back home next weekend to host Minnesota State at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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