Team effort as nine Buckeyes tally a point; Hokey Langan extends point streak to 13 games

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team had a strong team effort to open the 2010 part of its schedule with a 4-1 victory against nonconference opponent Robert Morris Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. In their first home game since Nov. 21, nine different Buckeyes contributed to the scoring, the OSU defense limited the Colonials to just six shots in the first 40 minutes and rookie goaltender Chelsea Knapp posted her second-consecutive game with one goal allowed.

Ohio State improves to 8-7-4 (6-6-2-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) while Robert Morris is 5-12-1 (0-4-1 College Hockey America).

Among the Buckeyes with a point Saturday was freshman forward Hokey Langan, who assisted on the third OSU goal to extend her point streak to 13 games. She has 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists during that span dating back to Oct. 23. Langan is one game away from tying for the second-longest steak in team history. Jana Harrigan (2003-06), Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer, had point streaks of 14 and 17 games in her career.

The Buckeyes built a quick 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the game. Sophomore defenseman Brittany Carlson got Ohio State on the board at 3:20 when she fired a shot from the top of the slot that went untouched through traffic and into the back on the net. The unassisted goal was her second of the season.

Kim Theut and Christina Mancuso then combined to give Ohio State its first shorthanded goal of the season at 5:09. The pair broke away on a 2-on-1 with Theut carrying the puck down the right side and passing it through the crease to Mancuso at the left doorstep. The goal was Mancuso’s first of the season with Theut notching her third assist and junior defenseman Shannon Reilly picking up the second assist – her sixth overall of the year.

Robert Morris cut the score to 2-1 at 10:27 when Sara O’Malley jammed in a loose puck resting at the left post. She was assisted by Carissa Ketcher.

After a scoreless second period, Ohio State tacked on two more goals in the third. The second line connected at 11:47 to regain the two-goal lead as sophomore Laura McIntosh brought the puck into the zone then left it for Langan on a drop pass. She picked it up and fed it through the slot to senior Raelyn LaRocque who put it in on a wrist shot from the left side. The goal was LaRocque’s fourth, while Langan and McIntosh registered their 17th and 15th assists, respectively.

The Buckeyes scored on the power play in the last minute for the 4-1 final. Sophomore Melissa Feste scored her eighth goal of the season from the left faceoff circle with assists by freshman Paige Semenza (her second) and Reilly (her seventh).

Overall, Ohio State had a 34-15 advantage in shots, including a 14-1 margin in the first period. The Buckeyes were 1-of-3 on the power play and a perfect 5-of-5 on the penalty kill, limiting the Colonials to just two shots with the man-advantage.

Knapp had 14 saves to improve to 6-7-4 this season. RMU goalie Daneca Butterfield (5-9-1) finished with 30 saves.

The Buckeyes and Colonials will conclude their nonconference series with a 2 p.m. game Sunday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission, as always, is free. Live video, audio and stats are available on the women’s hockey schedule page on “Skate with the Buckeyes” and autograph sessions will follow the game.

Game Notes:

  • This was the first meeting between Ohio State and Robert Morris. The Buckeyes have previously faced Mercyhurst, Niagara and Wayne State of the College Hockey America conference.
  • The last time the Buckeyes scored a shorthanded goal was Nov. 15, 2008 vs. Minnesota Duluth by Natalie Spooner. It was the only SHG for Ohio State last season.
  • Christina Mancuso’s goal snapped her 35-game scoreless streak. Her last goal was scored Nov. 29, 2008 at St. Lawrence.
  • Melissa Feste has scored six of her eight goals this season in nonconference games.
  • Raelyn LaRocque has a point in seven of the last nine games.
  • The Buckeyes were without freshman forward Minttu Tuominen, who is preparing with the Finnish National Team for the 2010 MLP Cup held in Germany, Jan. 5-9. Spooner will leave immediately following the game Sunday to also participate in the tournament with the Canadian Under-22 Team.