Local colleges roundup: Gophers women’s hockey tops Ohio State 5-3 to split series

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The Gophers women’s hockey team exploded for four goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period to overwhelm Ohio State 5-3 on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, to end a six-game losing streak against the Buckeyes.

Taylor Heise scored two goals for Minnesota in the game, and Maggie Nicholson, Audrey Wethington and Madeline Wethington added one each.

Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period before Minnesota stormed back. The Buckeyes outscored the Gophers 2-1 in the final period but could never catch up.

Ohio State outshot Minnesota 35-28.

The Gophers, ranked No. 2 nationally in two polls this week, improved to 20-7-1 overall and 15-6-1 in the WCHA. Ohio State, ranked No. 3, fell to 19-4-0 and 15-5-0.

The Buckeyes won the first game of the weekend series 2-1 in overtime on Friday night.

Bemidji State 4, St. Thomas 0: The Beavers (10-13-3, 7-13-2 WCHA) outshot the Tommies 54-20 to dominate the game in Bemidji, Minn. St. Thomas (4-19-1, 2-17-1) plays host to No. 3 Wisconsin in a rescheduled game at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Western Illinois 81, St. Thomas 52: The Leathernecks (13-8, 4-5 Summit League) dominated inside, outscoring the Tommies 48-16 in the paint to win easily in Macomb, Ill. On Jan. 1, St. Thomas won the teams’ first meeting 89-66 in St. Paul.

Anders Nelson scored 12 points, and Parker Bjorklund and Riley Miller added nine each for the Tommies (8-12, 2-6).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Western Illinois 82, St. Thomas 67: Forward Erin Norling, a graduate students, scored 21 points, and guard Jade Hill, a freshman, added 20, but the Tommies (6-13, 3-6 Summit) fells to the Leathernecks (12-7, 3-5) at Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul. St. Thomas won the teams’ first meeting in double overtime four weeks ago.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Gophers 7, St. Thomas 0: Minnesota (7-0) dropped just 10 games in six singles and two doubles matches to dominate the Tommies (0-1) at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. It was the first Division I dual match in program history for St. Thomas.

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