No. 10 Buckeyes Edge Minnesota State, 4-3
Dec. 1, 2012
No. 10 Ohio State skated past Minnesota State Saturday, winning 4-3 in game two of the series at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.
Senior forward Hokey Langan scored twice and freshman forward Julia McKinnon scored the game-winner for the Buckeyes, who improve to 12-5-1 on thes season. Ohio State put pressure on the Mavericks throughout, outshooting them 42-20 in the contest.
Minnesota State bolted out to a one-goal lead 1:29 into the game on a goal by Tracy McCann. The Buckeyes then controlled the rest of the opening period, outshooting the Mavericks 12-5. Ohio State’s first score came on the power play on a goal from Langan at 9:23. Assists on the score were tallied by senior forwards Minttu Tuominen and Paige Semenza.
The Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead, 18:36 into the first period as Semenza netted her 11th goal of the season, tying her for the team lead with sophomore forward Taylor Kuehl. Sophomore defenseman Kari Schmitt got the assist on the play.
The second period saw more balance as the Mavericks had the advantage in shots on goal, 14-10. MSU tied the contest at 2-all at the 5:20 mark on an unassisted strike from Kathleen Rogan.
Ohio State regained the advantage at 7:16 of the second period on Langan’s second goal of the day, which was assisted by junior forward Ally Tarr and Kuehl. The goal was number 50 as a Buckeye for Langan and gave her 122 career points, moving her into fifth all-time at Ohio State for career points, passing former Buckeye Erin Keys (2005-08).
Following a goal by Minnesota State’s Casey Hirsch, which tied the game at 3-all 9:20 into the second period; McKinnon put away what would prove to be the game-winning score for the Buckeyes. The eighth goal of the season for McKinnon came at 14:01 of period two and was assisted by sophomore defenders Sara Schmitt and Kari Schmitt.
The scoreless third was controlled mainly by OSU as the Buckeyes out shot the Mavericks 10-1 in the final period. Redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp made 17 saves and improves to 12-4-1 on the year. Minnesota State goaltender Danielle Butters stopped 38 of 42 shots faced.
Ohio State finishes off the first-half of the regular season with a non-conference tilt with RIT at the OSU Ice Rink, Dec. 8-9.