Hokey Langan scores twice but Buckeyes fall to Mavericks in first game of WCHA series

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore forward Hokey Langan scored twice for the Buckeyes, but Minnesota State rallied with three goals in the third period to pull away for the 5-3 victory over the No. 9 Ohio State women’s hockey team Friday at the OSU Ice Rink.

The Buckeyes move to 6-4-1 overall and 2-4-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while the Mavericks are 5-5-1 and 4-5-0 in the conference.

Along with Langan, junior Laura McIntosh had a multiple-point night with two assists. Nina Tikkinen led Minnesota State with three points (2g, 1a), while Kathleen Rogan and Lauran Zrust had a goal and assist apiece.

The teams exchanged goals early in the game with Melissa Klippensein getting the Mavericks on the board first at 12:32, putting in a pass from behind the net by Tracy McCann. Tarr then scored for Ohio State at 12:59, firing a wrist shot into the upper right corner on assists from sophomore Amanda Boskovich and senior Teal Bishop.

Langan then scored her first goal at 18:30 for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. McIntosh centered the puck from along the boards with Langan knocking it in from the slot with sophomore Paige Semenza picking up the second assist.

Minnesota State tied it up 9:33 into the second period when Tikkinen scored during a scramble in front of the net. But Ohio State regained the lead at 13:29 on a tic-tac-toe goal, with McIntosh and senior defenseman Shannon Reilly setting up Langan on the power play.

In the third period, Tikkinen knotted the score once again at 8:36 when she took advantage of an OSU turnover. The Mavericks took a 4-3 lead less than a minute later when Nicole Germaine stole the puck from the Buckeyes and fed Zrust at the doorstep. Rogan then sealed the win for MSU when she slipped the puck in five-hole at 16:45.

Freshman goalie Lisa Steffes (6-4-1) made 35 saves in Ohio State’s net and Alli Altmann improved to 3-3-1 for Minnesota State with 24 saves.

Overall, the Mavericks had a 40-27 advantage in shots. The Buckeyes were 1-of-4 on the power play and a perfect 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

The series between Ohio State and Minnesota State concludes with a 7 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission, as always, is free.

Game Notes:

  • The loss ends Ohio State’s win streak against Minnesota State at four games. It was only the eighth loss to MSU in 49 meetings all-time.
  • This weekend the Buckeyes are without junior forward Natalie Spooner, sophomore forward Minttu Tuominen and freshman defenseman Annie Svedin who are competing with their respective national teams at the 2010 Four Nations Cup.
  • Laura McIntosh is on a five-game point streak and this was her fifth multiple-assist game of the season.
  • With her two points, Hokey Langan moved into a tie for 15th on Ohio State’s all-time point list with 71.