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Freshman scores four goals and has five points, Buckeyes score three in final 6 minutes to pull away for victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman forward Hokey Langan had a career night Friday, tying the Ohio State single-game records for goals and points, as the Buckeye women’s hockey team defeated Bemidji State, 5-2, at the OSU Ice Rink. The Chatham, Ontario, native became only the second player in OSU history to score four goals in a game and added an assist to record just the fourth five-point performance in the 11-year history of the program.

The win moves to Buckeyes to 12-9-4 overall and 9-8-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Bemidji State is 7-12-6 overall and 6-7-6-3 to sit just a point ahead of Ohio State in the WCHA standings.

Along with Langan’s impressive night, her line combined for 10 points as senior Raelyn LaRocque had three assists and sophomore Laura McIntosh set up two goals. Sophomore Natalie Spooner also assisted on two goals.

Langan started her night off with a highlight-reel goal in the first period. While skating from the bench during a line change, she flew up the ice to the top of the slot where Spooner had set up the puck from along the boards. Without missing a stride, Langan wound up and sniped the puck, lifting up the BSU goalie’s water bottle as she scored top-shelf at 18:34. Junior Christina Mancuso picked up the second assist on the goal.

Just as time was about to expire on the period, Bemidji State scored with 4 seconds left to carry a 1-1 tie into the first intermission. While on the power play Montana Vichorek shot the puck from the point with Erin Cody knocking in the rebound from the left post.

Ohio State regained the lead while taking advantage of its first power play opportunity in the second period. Stationed at the top of the right circle, Langan fired the puck through traffic and scored five-hole at 6:18 for her second goal of the game. She was assisted by McIntosh and LaRocque.

The Beavers tied the score once again 6:56 into the third period when, while skating through the slot, Cody redirected a shot by Franny Dorr.

The Buckeyes responded by scoring three goals in the last 5:24 to pull away for the win. Sophomore Kelly Wild put Ohio State back in the lead at 14:36 when, after passing the puck around, she pulled the trigger at the perfect time with a wrist shot from the left circle that sailed into net. McIntosh and Langan cycled the puck to Wild for the assists.

Spooner then passed the puck from behind the net to Langan in the slot, who one-timed it into the back of the goal at 17:32 for the hat trick. LaRocque picked up the second assist on the goal.

With time winding down, the Beavers pulled goalie Zuzana Tomcikova for an extra skater. Junior Shannon Reilly and LaRocque worked the puck free from the OSU zone and fed it up to Langan, who shot it into the empty net for her fourth lamplighter of the game.

Overall, Ohio State outshot Bemidji State 42-30, including a 20-6 advantage in the third period. The Buckeye power play was 2-of-4 while BSU was 1-of-4.

Rookie goalie Chelsea Knapp improved to 10-9-4 with 28 saves. Tomcikova, who will be playing in the 2010 Olympic Games with the Slovakian National Team, finished with 37 saves and is 7-9-5.

Ohio State and Bemidji State conclude their series with a 2 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission, as always, is free and “Skate with the Buckeyes” and autograph sessions will take place following the game.

Game Notes:

  • Hokey Langan now leads the Buckeyes in goals (17) and points (37). She moved into a tie for eighth in the OSU records for points in a season by a forward.
  • Langan and Laura McIntosh are tied for the team lead in assists with 20 each. Raelyn LaRocque is just behind them with 19.
  • The only other Buckeye to score four goals in a game was Natalie Spooner, Dec. 12, 2008 at Minnesota State.
  • The last Buckeye to record a five-point performance in a game was Tessa Bonhomme (1g, 4a), Jan. 5, 2008 vs. North Dakota.
  • The power play goal scored by Bemidji State was the first OSU’s penalty kill allowed in their last 14 attempts.
  • Freshman forward Minttu Tuominen was honored before the game for being named to the Finnish National Team that will be playing in the 2010 Winter Olympics. She leaves next week to meet up with the team in Colorado before traveling to Vancouver.
  • Langan’s hat trick was the second scored by a Buckeye in as many series. Last Friday at Minnesota State, Tuominen scored three goals in OSU’s 6-0 win.