Oct. 28, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team improved to 4-2-1 overall and earned its first road victory of the season Friday, defeating Minnesota State, 2-1, in Mankato, Minn., at the All Seasons Arena.
With the win, Ohio State also moved to 4-2-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Minnesota State falls to 4-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the conference.
Sophomore Lisa Steffes earned the start in the net, stopping 21 shots and improving to 3-1-0 on the season. Minnesota State’s Alli Altmann picked up the loss and drops to 3-4-0 with 28 saves on the night.
The Mavericks struck first, scoring a power play goal at 4:40 in the opening stanza. MSU’s Lauren Zrust found the back of the net after Ohio State’s Laura McIntosh was called for hooking at 3:30. Emmi Leinonen and Lauren Smith were credited with assists as the Mavericks jumped out to the 1-0 lead.
Ohio State responded in the same period, scoring a power play goal at 17:54 to send the teams into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie. Following a Maverick holding penalty, senior Kelly Wild scored her first goal of the season with assists to freshman Taylor Kuehl and junior Hokey Langan. The assist was the fifth of the season for Kuehl and the third for Langan.
Sophomore Ally Tarr put the Buckeyes up at 8:33 in the second, scoring her third game-winning goal of the season. The goal was the fifth of the year for the London, Ontario, product with assists going to seniors McIntosh and Brittany Carlson.
The Buckeyes outshot the Mavericks 30-22 and both squads finished 1-fo-2 on the power play.
The teams continue the two-game series with a 4 p.m. ET game Saturday at the All Seasons Arena in Mankato.