Jan. 22, 2016
Mankato, Minn.– Up to this point in the season, every single Ohio State women’s hockey game had ended in regulation.
Not today. The Buckeyes (7-17-1, 3-15-1 WCHA) and Minnesota State Mavericks (3-19-3, 0-17-2 WCHA) took it to a shootout that was eventually won by the Scarlet and Gray.
Though it took most of the first period, Ohio State was able to go into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead over Minnesota State. Kendall Curtis scored her 10th goal of the year on the power play 18:31 into the period to put her team ahead 1-0, with assists coming from Claudia Kepler and Dani Sadek. A little over a minute later, with just 12 seconds left in the period, Erin Langermeier potter her first career goal to extend the Buckeye lead to 2-0. Recent Hockey Humanitarian Award nominee Cara Zubko and Katie Matheny each assisted on Langermeier’s goal. Though OSU came out of the first period with a 2-0 lead, it was the Mavericks who led in shots; they had 10 compared to Ohio State’s six.
Minnesota State was able to half its deficit in the second period thanks to Emily Antony’s goal 12:14 into the period. The middle frame was similar to the first in that Ohio State was again outshot, this time to the tune of 14 to six. The Buckeyes were able to kill both penalties in that second period, holding the Mavericks’ offense at bay.
In the third period, though, Minnesota State would strike when needed to keep itself alive in this game. Jordan McLaughlin scored 13:45 into the third period to tie the game at 2-2, but a couple minutes later captain Melani Moylan was able to find the puck in front of the net and put away her third goal of the season, putting Ohio State up 3-2 in the process. In the waning minutes of the period, the Buckeyes were whistled for tripping and just a minute into that power play the Mavericks scored to send the game into a 3-3 tie with 1:15 left in regulation. Neither team would score in those final 75 seconds, pushing the game to overtime.
This marked the first time this season that Ohio State has played a game that was decided after regulation, far and away the longest such streak to start a season in program history.
Neither team had much success in the five minute overtime period, sending both teams to a shootout. Curtis, the first shooter for Ohio State, lifted the puck past Minnesota State’s goalie to put her team ahead early, and Julianna Iafallo used some fancy stick work to score what would be the winning goal.
Though the game ended in a 3-3 tie, the Buckeyes get the extra point in the standings with the shootout win. Both teams will meet again tomorrow, Saturday, at 3:07 ET.