No. 10 Buckeyes Tie at Minnesota State, 0-0; Win Shootout
Nov. 30, 2012
The tenth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team skated to a 0-0 tie with Minnesota State Friday night at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn. The Buckeyes picked up the extra point in the standings by winning the shootout, 3-1.
The Buckeyes were backstopped by another solid performance from redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp. Knapp stopped all 34 shots faced while holding the Mavericks scoreless, including on three power play opportunities. The Buckeyes finished the game with a 45-34 advantage in shots on goal.
Ohio State controlled play in period one, out shooting its counterpart 19-11, but could not get one past Mavericks netminder Danielle Butters. The Buckeyes outshot Minnesota State 12-10 in the second period and the teams got off 11 each in period three. In the overtime period Ohio State got three shots on goal while the Mavericks had two.
Heading into the shootout the Mavericks switched things up by bringing in a new goaltender in Erin Krichiver. Senior forward Hokey Langan shot first and scored to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. After a stop by Knapp, junior forward Ally Tarr scored to give Ohio State the 2-0 advantage. Tracy McCann put one home to keep MSU alive but sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl ended it with a score, giving the Buckeyes a 3-1 shootout victory.
"It was a hard fought game tonight against a tough Minnesota State team," Nate Handrahan, Ohio State head coach, said. "They played very well and their goalie was great. We created a lot of opportunities and got it done in the shootout."
Game two between Ohio State (11-5-1, 8-4-1 WCHA) and Minnesota State (5-9-3, 3-7-3 WCHA) will be Saturday with puck scheduled to drop at 3:07 p.m. CT at All Seasons Arena.