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Freshman forward scores twice to up team-leading point total to 32, Ohio State 5-2-1 in last eight games

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team rallied with two goals in the third period to top Minnesota State, 3-2, Saturday at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn. The win completes the series sweep of the Mavericks this season and moves the Buckeye record to 11-9-4 overall and 8-8-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. MSU is 4-13-5 overall and 2-11-5-3 in the conference.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, the Buckeyes came charging out of the gates with two goals in the opening six minutes of the stanza. Sophomore Natalie Spooner tied the game with her 13th goal of the year at 4:59, set up by freshman Paige Semenza and senior co-captain Rachel Davis.

Freshman Hokey Langan then tallied her second goal of the afternoon just 37 seconds later to give Ohio State its first lead of the game. She was assisted by linemate and senior co-captain Raelyn LaRocque.

Minnesota State opened the scoring 11:37 into the first period when Jenna Hewitt scored off a pass by Lauren Zrust. The Buckeyes responded at 17:08 when Langan tied the game off assists by LaRocque and Laura McIntosh.

The Mavericks regained the lead at 2-1 just 1:49 into the second period when Moira O’Conner knocked in a pass by Christina Lee with Amy Udvig picking up the second assist. The Buckeyes were unable capitalize on three power-play opportunities in the stanza.

Freshman goalie Chelsea Knapp finished with 23 saves and improves to 9-9-4. The York, N.Y., native allowed just two goals with 49 saves in 120 minutes played against the Mavericks this weekend. MSU’s Alli Altmann finished with 28 saves and is 4-9-4.

Overall, Ohio State had a 31-25 advantage in shots. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with OSU 0-of-3 and Minnesota State 0-of-5.

Up next, the Buckeyes return to Columbus for a three-week homestand beginning with a WCHA series against Bemidji State, Jan. 22-23. Games begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission, as always, is free and ‘Skate with the Buckeyes’ and autograph sessions follow the Saturday game.

Game Notes:

  • The Buckeyes are 37-7-4 all-time against Minnesota State and 17-3-2 all-time in Mankato.
  • Natalie Spooner scored her 34th goal to move into a tie for eighth in the OSU career goal standings just 52 games into her young career.
  • Hokey Langan has 32 points to stand in fifth place in freshman scoring by a Buckeye. She continues to lead the NCAA in points by a freshman at 1.33 per game.
  • Rachel Davis collected three assists in the series vs. the Mavericks for a career-high 12 assists this season and 16 points.
  • After two points in the first 15 games of her career, Paige Semenza has six points in the last six games.