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Fighting Sioux score with 14 seconds left for the win

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team rallied twice to tie the score, but Alyssa Wiebe of the Fighting Sioux scored with 14 seconds left in overtime to give No. 7 North Dakota the 3-2 win Saturday in the first game of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

Both teams move to 6-3-0 overall. The Buckeyes drop to 2-3-0 in the WCHA while the Sioux are 5-2-0 in the league.

As time was ticking down in overtime, North Dakota skated into the OSU zone with a 2-on-1 advantage and Wiebe fired the puck in from the left circle for the winner.

It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the game. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls gave UND a quick 1-0 lead when she sprinted down the slot and tapped the puck in for the early goal 2:09 into first period.

Ohio State evened it at 1-all later in the period at 14:21 when sophomore Paige Semenza swept the puck in while stationed in front of the net off a long centering pass by classmate Hokey Langan. Junior Laura McIntosh had the second assist.

Jocelyn Lamoureaux returned the one-goal lead to the Sioux with an unassisted sniper from right edge of slot that sailed in top-shelf.

The Buckeyes responded 2 minutes later when freshman Ally Tarr jumped out on a breakaway off a pass from sophomore Tina Hollowell and backhanded the puck in for her first career goal. Sophomore Minttu Tuominen also assisted on the goal.

The score remained tied at 2-2 throughout the third period. Rookie goaltender Lisa Steffes made 13 saves in the third period alone to keep Ohio State in the game and help send it into overtime.

Steffes finished with a total of 27 saves and moves to 6-3-0 this season.

Overall, North Dakota had a 30-17 lead in shots. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with Ohio State 0-of-3 and UND 0-of-5.

The Buckeyes and Sioux will conclude their series with a 2 p.m. (CT) game Sunday.

Game Notes:

  • Laura McIntosh upped her team-leading point total to 20 and now has 14 assists. She is averaging 2.22 points and 1.56 assists per game this year.
  • Hokey Langan extended her point streak to 11 games, dating back to the last two games of the 2009-10 season.
  • Tina Hollowell is on a four-game point streak. She has six points just nine games into this season after a total of four (1g, 3a) in all 37 games last year.
  • Natalie Spooner is not with Ohio State this series while preparing for 2010 Four Nations Cup with the Canadian Women’s National Team.