Seniors Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque each tally goal and assist in final game at OSU Ice Rink

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque had a goal and assist each in the their final game at the OSU Ice Rink as the Ohio State women’s hockey team rallied with two extra-skater goals in the last 2 minutes of regulation for the 4-4 tie Saturday against St. Cloud State.

After skating through a scoreless overtime session, the Buckeyes picked up another point in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association by winning the three-round shootout 1-0 on a goal by sophomore Laura McIntosh.

The tie and shootout win put Ohio State in fifth place in the conference standings, tying Bemidji State with 28 points. The Buckeyes own the tiebreaker with a 2-1-1 record vs. the Beavers in the regular season.

After a 3-2 Ohio State loss last night that featured five power-play goals, special teams were a main factor again with the Buckeyes and Huskies each scoring three goals with the man-advantage.

Trailing 4-2 and with time winding down, the Buckeyes capitalized on two Huskies in the penalty box by pulling freshman goalie Chelsea Knapp for a 6-on-3 advantage. It paid off just nine seconds later when Davis fired a shot from the top of the slot that was redirected by LaRocque onto the stick of freshman Hokey Langan, who scored for the right side of the goal to pull Ohio State within one at 18:02.

In the final minute of play, the Buckeyes again pulled Knapp for the extra skater. McIntosh carried the puck through the neutral zone and put it on net with sophomore Kim Theut scoring on the rebound from the left post with just 20 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Ohio State got on the board first when Davis scored unassisted on a rocket from the top of the right circle just 4:52 into the game. Felicia Nelson responded for St. Cloud State with her first of two goals in the game at 17:44, tapping in a pass through the slot by Holly Roberts while on the power play. Caitlin Hogan picked up the second assist.

Nelson then gave the Huskies their first lead 3:36 into the second when she scored top-shelf on a breakaway with Roberts feeding her the puck.

The score was evened once again at 2-all when, coming in from the left side of the net, LaRocque tucked in the rebound of a shot by sophomore Natalie Spooner with classmate Kelly Wild collecting the other assist.

SCSU regained the lead before the second intermission when Alex Nelson scored a power play goal from the left side at 17:04, set up by Brittany Toor and Lisa Martinson.

The Huskies looked to be pulling away with an unassisted goal by Jaclyn Daggit scored from along the far boards 2:01 into the third, but Ohio State peppered SCSU netminder Ashley Nixon with 25 shots in the period and eventually broke through with its two goals.

Overall, the Buckeyes outshot St. Cloud State, 55-27. Nixon (12-8-8) finished with 51 saves for the Huskies. Knapp made 23 saves in the OSU net and is 13-14-5 this season.

Prior to the game, Davis, LaRocque and forward Michele Tonnessen were honored in a ceremony for the senior class.

Up next, Ohio State travels to either St. Cloud State or Wisconsin for a best-of-three series to begin the WCHA Playoffs, Feb. 26-28. Game times and place to be determined.

Game Notes:

  • This was the first shootout victory for the Buckeyes this season. They lost their previous two attempts at Bemidji State (2-1, Oct. 27) and at St. Cloud State (1-0, Dec. 11). Natalie Spooner and Hokey Langan were the other two OSU shooters Saturday.
  • Chelsea Knapp saved all three shots faced in the shootout by SCSU’s Holly Roberts, Felicia Nelson and Caitlin Hogan.
  • With 789 saves this year, Knapp is second in the Buckeye records for saves in a season.
  • Langan concludes the regular-season with the most points in WCHA-only games at 43. Her 21 goals tie for first as well.
  • Ohio State also finished first in assists in conference-only games with Laura McIntosh leading the way with 28.
  • Rachel Davis played in the 144th game of her career Saturday, tying for the fifth-most in Buckeye history.
  • The Buckeyes have scored on 10-of-26 power plays (38.5 percent) in their last four games.
  • The 55 shots on goal tied the Ohio State record set Oct. 15, 2005 at Northeastern. The 25 shots on goal in the third period also tied the Buckeye record set Jan. 5, 2008 vs. North Dakota.