COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with Minnesota State on Senior Day, Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes took the shootout and two league points by winning the shootout 1-0.
The lone goal in the shootout came off a snipe from sophomore Danielle Gagne and redshirt junior goaltender Chelsea Knapp shut down the Mavericks on five consecutive shot attempts to help the Buckeyes take five of six points in their final regular season series.
Knapp finished the day with 15 saves through regulation and overtime, while Minnesota State goaltender Danielle Butters stopped 34. The Buckeyes controlled the pace of the game throughout as they outshot the Mavericks 37-18.
Lauren Smith put MSU up 1-0 at the 10:46 mark of the first period on a power play goal, her 24th score of the season.
Junior forward Ally Tarr answered back later in the period with an unassisted score to tie the game up at 1-all. Tarr would put the Buckeyes out front with her second score of the afternoon 8:27 into the second. The 12th goal of the season for Tarr was assisted on by sophomore Sara Schmitt and freshman Julia McKinnon.
Minnesota State responded with a goal of its own at 13:39 of the second from Tracy McCann and the game was once again tied heading into intermission.
The trading of scores continued in the third as freshman forward Melani Moylan stole a puck in the middle of the zone and fired it past Butters to put Ohio State back out front 3-2 at 5:16 of the final period. The unassisted score was the second goal for Moylan this season.
With only 2:46 remaining in regulation, Casey Hirsch scored off a rebound for the Mavericks and tied the game at 3-all to send it into overtime. The two squads skated to a scoreless five-minute overtime period to lead to the shootout.
In the shootout the Buckeyes and Mavericks each failed to score on their first four attempts before Gagne finally found success. Knapp closed the door on the shootout win by stopping a Nicole Germaine shot attempt.
Ohio State (17-14-3, 12-13-3 WCHA) will await the outcome of tonight's North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth game to see where they will play in next weekend's best-of-three first round WCHA playoffs series. OSU will host Minnesota Duluth at the OSU Ice Rink with a North Dakota win or a North Dakota shootout win. If UMD wins or gets a shootout win, Ohio State will travel to Duluth for the first round.
Ohio State's five seniors; Hokey Langan, Minttu Tuominen, Kim Theut, Tina Hollowell and Paige Semenza; were honored pre-game in a special on-ice ceremony.