Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State held a 1-0 lead heading into the third period Saturday and again, like yesterday's contest, saw the game slip away. The Mavericks 3-2 loss to Ohio State gives them a 0-10-2 in their last 12 games.
After a scoreless first period, freshman forward Kelsie Scott tallied her first career goal at the 5:08 mark of the second after rookie forward Kari Lundberg picked up a steal in the neutral zone and passed it to freshman winger Nicole Germaine who set up Scott for the wrister that beat OSU goaltender Lisa Steffes top shelf glove side.
OSU entered the third and didn't wait long to knot things up as sophomore center Kim Theut beat Maverick netminder Alli Altmann at the 1:37 mark of the third. The Buckeyes then took the lead at the 4:27 mark when senior defensemen Shannon Reilly beat Altmann.
Down one goal and 10:41 into the third, senior blueliner Amy Udvig ripped a slapper from the top of the left circle that tied the game at two goals. Freshman Darion Bruyere tallied her first career point, assisting Udvig on the equalizer.
Ohio State then stole MSU's momentum less than a minute later, at the 11:13 mark, when OSU points leader Laura McIntosh scored the game-winning goal.
Ohio State finshed the contest with a game-best 31 shots to Minnesota State's 23, and both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.
Altmann finished with a game-high 28 saves, while Steffes stopped 21 MSU shots.
Minnesota State (6-14-3, 5-11-1-0 WCHA) will look to get back on track next weekend, January 21-22, when it travels to Bemidji, Minn. to face-off with the Beavers of Bemidji State. Both Friday and Saturday's games are slated for 2:07 p.m.