Christina Mancuso also scores, Chelsea Knapp makes 21 saves in 2-1 victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Opening its third-consecutive series at home, the Ohio State women’s hockey team needed an extra 2:16 but came up with the 2-1 overtime victory against North Dakota Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. Sophomore Kim Theut lifted the Buckeyes to the win – their first in overtime while playing in their sixth extra session of the season.

Ohio State improved to 14-11-4 overall and 11-10-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Fighting Sioux are 5-18-4 with a 4-17-2-0 conference record.

The somewhat unusual game featured Ohio State hitting the post three times and having two goals reviewed (one ruled a goal, one not). The Buckeyes opened the scoring 5 minutes into the game when junior Christina Mancuso knocked in the loose puck from the right doorstep during a scramble in front of the net. She was assisted by sophomore linemates Melissa Feste and Natalie Spooner.

Ohio State held its 1-0 lead until 6:30 into the second period when Mary Loken tapped in a pass across the crease by Alyssa Wiebe to move North Dakota even at 1-all. Cassandra Flanagan had the second assist on the goal.

After a scoreless third period that ended in a reviewed and “no goal” ruling on a possible last-second gamewinner by the Buckeyes, the teams entered overtime. Ohio State started the extra session with 1:08 left on a power play and peppered seven shots with the man-advantage but to no avail.

After returning to even-strength play, Theut and her linemates came charging out on the ice. Freshman Tina Hollowell kept the puck in the zone and it was brought down the boards by classmate Paige Semenza. Theut picked it up from behind the net and wrapped it around, tucking it between the right post and UND goalie Jorid Dagfinrud for the gamewinner.

Overall, Ohio State had a 40-22 advantage in shots. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with the Buckeyes 0-of-4 and the Sioux 0-of-2.

Rookie goaltender Chelsea Knapp stopped 21 of 22 shots faced to move to 12-11-4. Dagfinrud (3-11-1) totaled 38 saves for North Dakota.

Ohio State concludes its season series with North Dakota at 4 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.

Game Notes:

  • The Buckeyes are 8-4-1 in their last 13 games.
  • Ohio State is 1-1-4 in overtime games this season.
  • The last OSU win in overtime was Feb. 24, 2007 in a 5-4 victory vs. Minnesota State.
  • Natalie Spooner has a point in seven of her last eight games with 11 points (5g, 6a) in that span.
  • Christina Mancuso and Kim Theut have four and five goals, respectively, this season. Each has two goals within the last three games.