COLUMBUS, Ohio - The ninth-ranked Ohio State women's hockey team fell to Minnesota State by a score of 4-3 Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink, giving the Mavericks all six points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. Down 3-0 after the first, the Buckeyes chipped away at the score over the next two periods to tie the score before MSU scored the gamewinner with less than four minutes left.
Ohio State and Minnesota State complete the weekend with identical 6-5-1 overall records. The Buckeyes are now 2-5-1-1 in the WCHA, while the Mavericks are 5-5-0 in the conference.
Minnesota State came out firing to build a 3-0 lead in the opening period. Lauren Smith started the scoring at 12:43 when she tapped in the puck dancing on the goal line off a shot by Danielle Scholze. Kari Lundberg then scored at 15:45 when she slid the puck in five-hole. Nina Tikkinen put the Mavericks up by three when she scored shorthanded on a breakaway at 16:37.
The Buckeyes began their comeback in the opening minute of the second period. Senior defenseman Shannon Reilly fired a slap shot into the back of the net 35 seconds into the stanza off a centering pass from junior Laura McIntosh with a second assist by classmate Kelly Wild.
Wild and McIntosh then set up sophomore Hokey Langan while on the power play at 18:07 to cut the MSU lead to 3-2 at the second intermission. Langan's goal was scored off a wrist shot from the right side that net pinged in off the post.
Ohio State tied the score at 3-all halfway through the third period. Langan netted her second goal at 9:09 during a scramble in front of the net with assists by freshman Ally Tarr and Reilly.
Minnesota State regained the lead at 16:15 when Tikkinen zipped down the slot and scored top-shelf for the 4-3 final.
In net, Lisa Steffes (6-5-1) made 23 saves for the Buckeyes, while Danielle Butters (3-2-0) had 22 saves for Minnesota State.
The Mavericks had a 27-25 advantage in shots. Ohio State was 2-of-6 on the power play and a perfect 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.
Up next, the Buckeyes travel to No. 3/4 Minnesota Duluth for a WCHA series, Nov. 19-20 in Duluth, Minn. Games begin at 7 p.m. (CT) both Friday and Saturday at the DECC.