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Hokey Langan ends point streak at 14 games to tie for second-longest in Ohio State history

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, but No. 2 Minnesota scored four unanswered goals for the 5-2 win Friday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The loss ended the Buckeyes’ unbeaten streak at four games and freshman forward Hokey Langan was held without a point for the first time since Oct. 16, ending her point streak at 14 games to tie for the second-longest in program history.

Ohio State moves to 9-8-4 overall and 6-7-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The league-leading Golden Gophers are 16-3-2 overall and 12-2-1-1 in the conference.

Senior co-captain Rachel Davis got the Buckeyes on the board just 5:21 into the game when she fired a shot from just over the blue line, dumping the puck in towards the net. It was misplayed by Minnesota goaltender Alyssa Grogan and trickled into the back of the net for Davis’ fourth goal of the season.

The Gophers responded at 7:22 when Kelli Blankenship picked up the puck off a turnover in the OSU zone and fed it to Jaimie Horton for the goal.

Ohio State regained the lead exactly two minutes later when sophomore Kim Theut scored on a turnaround chance, sweeping in the puck for her third lamplighter of the year. She was assisted by freshman Paige Semenza – her fourth helper overall.

Minnesota began its come back by scoring twice in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Megan Bozek scored from the top of the slot while on the power play off assists by Sarah Erickson and Brittany Francis to tie the game at 4:01. Emily West then gave the Gophers their first lead of the game at 8:15 when she knocked in the goal from the right doorstep, set up by Erickson and Alexandra Zebro.

The Gophers added two more goals in the third for a 5-2 final. Terra Rasmussen was assisted by Horton and Blankenship at 8:08, followed by Francis’ goal from the slot at 9:17 set up by West and Erickson.

Overall, Minnesota had a 37-20 advantage in shots. The Buckeyes were 0-of-1 on the power play while the Gophers were 1-of-2.

Reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Chelsea Knapp made 32 saves but fell to 7-8-4 this season. Grogan (4-1-0) had 18 stops.

Ohio State will conclude its season series against Minnesota with a 4 p.m. (CT) game Saturday at Ridder Arena. Links to video and audio, provided by BigTenNetwork.com, and livestats are available on the women’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Game Notes:

  • Ohio State is without two forwards for the Minnesota series – sophomore Natalie Spooner and freshman Minttu Tuominen. Both Spooner, with the Canadian Under-22 Team, and Tuominen, with the Finnish National Team, are competing in the 2010 MLP Cup in Germany. Tuominen is playing with former Buckeye All-American Emma Laaksonen, a Team Finland veteran vying for her fourth Olympics.
  • It was just the third game this season Hokey Langan was held without a point.
  • Chelsea Knapp has four games with 30 or more saves.
  • After two points in the first 15 games of her career, Paige Semenza has four points in the last three games.