Hokey Langan becomes just third Buckeye freshman to reach 40-point milestone

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to North Dakota by a score of 7-2 Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The loss splits the weekend series as well as the season series between the Buckeyes and Fighting Sioux.

Ohio State moves to 14-12-4 overall and 11-11-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. North Dakota snaps an eight-game winless streak for a 6-18-4 record and 5-17-2-0 mark in the league.

The Buckeyes got on the board first with a goal by senior co-captain Rachel Davis. She scored on a one-timer from the top of the slot with assists by sophomore Natalie Spooner and junior Christina Mancuso. The goal was Davis’ fifth, while Spooner and Mancuso tallied their 17th and sixth assists, respectively.

North Dakota responded with goals by Sara Dagenais, on a pass from behind the net, at 12:13 and a 2-on-1 breakaway with Margot Miller scoring from Alyssa Wiebe at 16:43.

Holly Perkins added another goal for the Sioux on a slap shot from the slot 4:22 into the second period to build their lead to 3-1.

Ohio State cut it to one-goal at 12:07 when sophomore Laura McIntosh backhanded the puck on net and freshman Hokey Langan knocked in the rebound from the right post. Langan upped her team-leading goal total to 19 while McIntosh increased her team-high assists to 24. Sophomore defenseman Kelly Wild picked up the second assist, her 11th of the year.

The goal also was Langan’s 40th point of the season, making her just the third freshman in Buckeye history to tally 40 or more points. She is tied with Kelli Halcisak (2000-01) and is five points away from breaking the record held by Jeni Creary (2001-02).

The Sioux pulled away with two goals in the remaining five minutes of the second and added two more goals in the third period for the 7-2 final. Susanne Fellner scored on the power play 15:51 into the second, followed by Ashley Holmes lighting the lamp at 17:10.

Perkins tallied her second goal of the game 3:18 into the third period and Jordan Slavin scored the seventh UND goal in the closing minute of the game at 19:57.

For the game, Perkins (2g, 1a), Dagenais (1g, 2a) and Wiebe (3a) led North Dakota with three points each. Sioux goaltender Stephanie Ney finished with 39 saves, including all 20 shots faced in the third period, to improve to 3-5-2.

Rookie goalie Chelsea Knapp made 22 saves and is .500 on the season at 12-12-4.

For the game, Ohio State had a 41-29 advantage in shots and was 0-of-3 on the power play. UND was 1-of-4 with the man-advantage.

Up next, the Buckeyes hit the road for the final time this regular season traveling to Minnesota Duluth to face the fifth-ranked Bulldogs, Feb. 12-13. Games begin at 7 p.m. (CT) Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday at the DECC.

Game Notes:

  • This was the first time Ohio State lost to North Dakota at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes are 10-1-1 all-time vs. the Sioux in Columbus.
  • After being undefeated against UND for a 15-game span from 2004-08, Ohio State has split its season series with North Dakota the last two seasons.
  • The seven goals allowed by the Buckeyes were a season-high.