COLUMBUS, Ohio. - The Ohio State women's hockey team needed overtime for the fourth consecutive game, but unlike the previous three, the Buckeyes were able to decide the game with a goal before heading to a shootout.
Sophomore Julia McKinnon's goal 38 seconds into overtime gave the Buckeyes a 3-2 victory over Minnesota State Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The game was scoreless with not many scoring opportunities for either team through the first period but it opened up in the second thanks to some power play chances.
Kepler got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard first at the 16:56 mark of the second period on a power play score; her team-leading eighth goal of the season. Sophomores Kendall Curtis and Cara Zubko picked up the assists on the play.
Another power play goal, this one from senior Ally Tarr at 2:48 of the third, would put the Buckeyes up 2-0. Assists went to juniors Taylor Kuehl and Sara Schmitt, their seventh and 13th helpers on the season, respectively. Tarr has found the back of the net six times this season.
Minnesota State battled back, cutting the lead in half with a goal at 5:11 and getting the tying score at the 17:28 mark of the final period. The Mavericks first goal came off the stick of Nicole Germaine and the game-tying goal was tallied by Shelby Moteyunas.
The game-winning goal came after McKinnon cleaned up on a shot from freshman Claudia Kepler. It was goal number four on the season for McKinnon. Assists on the play were credited to Kepler and Schmitt.
The Mavericks were whistled for seven penalties, including a five-minute charging major, and Ohio State finished 2-7 on the power play. The Buckeyes recorded four penalties but were able to kill off all four Minnesota State power play chances.
Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes finished the night with 19 saves for OSU while Danielle Butters stopped 23 for the Mavericks. Shots on goal were in favor of the Buckeyes, 26-21.
Ohio State (8-12-5, 3-11-5 WCHA) and Minnesota State (9-18-0, 4-17-0 WCHA) play again Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink with opening face-off scheduled for 1:07 p.m.