DULUTH – Defending national champion Ohio State ruined what was currently the longest winning-streak in the country, dominating Northeastern in a 3-0 win in Friday afternoon's semifinal game of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four at Amsoil Arena.
The Buckeyes (33-5-2) will face either the Gophers or Wisconsin at 3 p.m. Sunday in the championship game — assuring an all Western Collegiate Hockey Association final.
Ohio State freshman Sloane Matthews scored just more than a minute into the game, snagging a rebound off a shot by Kenzie Hauswirth. Midway through the second period, Makenna Webster scored on a point-blank shot in front of the goal. Hadley Hartmetz followed with a high puck over Huskies goalie Gwyneth Philips' left shoulder late in the same period.
The Huskies (34-3-1), in their sixth straight NCAA tournament, hadn't lost or tied a game since Providence shut them out 3-0 in mid-November.
Ohio State, quick and tenacious, outshot the Huskies 53-15. Buckeyes junior goalie Amanda Thiele got her fourth shutout of the season.
Northeastern had a goal disallowed in the first period. Maureen Murphy crossed the puck over to Chloe Aurard, who tapped it behind Ohio State goalie Gwyneth Philips. It was waved off, following a review, because of a hand pass earlier in the play.