Junior forward Danielle Gagne scores game-tying goal for Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team skated to a 2-all tie with WCHA foe Bemidji State Saturday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink.

Each squad consisted of only six forwards and four defensemen following Friday night's contest which resulted in multiple disqualifications for each team.

Ohio State had to come from behind twice in the game despite having the strong advantage in scoring chances. The Buckeyes finished with 52 shots on goal compared to 29 for Bemidji State.

Following a Beaver goal early in the opening period by Tess Dusik, Ohio state freshman defenseman Breanne Grant fired a shot past Bemidji State goaltender Brittni Mowat to even the score at one goal apiece. The goal was the first of Grant's career. Assists on the score went to redshirt junior Kara Gust and sophomore Kendall Curtis.

Bemidji State started the second period on the power play and took advantage with a goal 17 seconds in off the stick of Allie Duellman.

Junior forward Danielle Gagne answered with the game-tying goal at the 12:35 mark of the third, fighting her way through multiple Beaver defenders and finding the back of the net to make it 2-all. Senior Becky Allis and Bryanna Nuewald were credited with assists on the play.

The game remained scoreless for the remainder of the third and overtime and the game went to a shootout to decide who would pick up the extra point in the WCHA standings. Whitney Wivoda was successful on the Beaver's first attempt and that would be all they needed as Mowat was able to stop attempts from freshman Claudia Kepler, Gagne and Curtis.

Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes finished the game with 27 saves for the Buckeyes while Mowat stopped 50 for the Beavers. Bemidji State went 1-3 on the power play and held Ohio State scoreless on four opportunities.

Ohio State (3-4-2, 2-4-2 WCHA) hosts Minnesota Duluth next weekend, Nov. 15-16. The games will take place in Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center and both games are set for 3:07 p.m. starts.