COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 5 North Dakota Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink to split the WCHA series with UND. The loss moved the Buckeyes to 14-10-4 overall and 11-10-1-1 in the WCHA, while UND improved to 16-9-2, 12-8-2-1 (WCHA).
North Dakota found two goals in the first period with its first coming at 12:53. While the teams were skating 4-on-4, Josefine Jakobsen netted a goal with assists to Michelle Karvine and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls for a 1-0 lead. With less than a minute remaining, UND struck again with a power-play goal by Jocelyne Lamoureux. Earning the assists were Jakobsen and Karvinen.
UND nabbed two more goals in the second period, first scoring at 9:46 on a power-play goal by Kelsey Ketcher. Lamoureux and KJakobsen were credited with the assists. North Dakota's final goal of the period came at 16:21 and was scored by Alyssa Wiebe.
The Buckeyes put a score on the board at 4:32 in the third when junior assistant captain Paige Semenza notched a short-handed goal with the assist to freshman Kayla Sullivan. The goal was the fourth of the season for the Pittston, Pa., product.
Ohio State senior Melissa Feste scored her first goal of season at 9:32, cutting the UND lead to two at 4-2. Assisting the Bloomington, Minn., native was Semenza and freshman Kari Schmitt.
The two squads skated scoreless hockey for the next nine minutes until UND gave itself a comfortable three-goal lead, scoring at 18:10. Mary Loken notched the goal with assists to Wiebe and Tori Williams.
UND goalie Stephanie Ney tallied 31 saves in the win to improve to 10-6-1, while OSU sophomore goalie Lisa Steffes finished with 26 saves to fall to 11-7-1.
The Buckeyes take to the road for a WCHA series at Minnesota Duluth, Feb. 3-4. The teams skate at 8:07 p.m. ET both days in Duluth, Minn., at the AMSOIL Arena.