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Seniors Mancuso and Reilly score in game, McIntosh and Tarr net shootout goals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a tough last-minute overtime loss in the opening game of the series, the ninth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team faced No. 7 North Dakota in overtime once again Sunday, but held strong for the 2-2 tie and then won the following shootout, 2-0 in two rounds.

After a close Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, the teams leave with matching 6-3-1 overall records. The Buckeyes move to 2-3-1-1 in conference play, while the Fighting Sioux are 5-2-1-0.

North Dakota sent the game into overtime on an extra-skater goal with 1:18 left in regulation as Jordan Slavin fired in a one-timer from the left faceoff circle.

The Buckeyes survived two penalties in the extra session to make it to the shootout round. Laura McIntosh and Ally Tarr scored on Ohio State’s first two attempts, while Lisa Steffes stonewalled the Sioux on the other end of the ice to pick up two points in the WCHA standings.

Down 1-0 after a UND goal 9:15 into the first period by Allison Parizek, the Buckeyes evened the score in the second period. Christina Mancuso scored quickly after winning a faceoff, feeding the puck to Amanda Boskovich who tapped it back to her for the goal at 12:27.

Ohio State took a 2-1 lead in the third after defenseman Shannon Reilly blasted in a shot from the point, scoring five-hole off assists by Kelly Wild and McIntosh.

For the second-consecutive game, neither team was able to take advantage of power play opportunities. The Buckeyes were 0-of-2 and the Sioux were 0-of-4.

Steffes finished the game with 30 saves and moves to 6-3-1 this season. Stephanie Ney (3-0-1) made 17 saves for UND.

Up next, the Buckeyes return to Columbus to face Minnesota State in a WCHA series, Nov. 12-13 at the OSU Ice Rink.

Game Notes:

  • Ohio State was without Natalie Spooner, Minttu Tuominen and Annie Svedin for the game. All three are with their respective national teams in preparation for the 2010 Four Nations Cup that begins Nov. 9.
  • Hokey Langan was held without a point for the first time this season. She ends her point streak at 11 games. It was just the ninth time in 47 career games she did not have a point.
  • Ohio State and North Dakota have played into overtime nine times in 26 meetings. They are tied at 3-3-3 in OT games.