MANKATO, Minn. --- Minnesota State used a trio of third period goals - including the game-winner from senior Kelsie Scott - to secure a 4-1 victory over visiting Ohio State in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday night at All Seasons Arena.
The victory elevates MSU to 4-9-0 overall and 1-8-0 within the league, while also securing the Mavericks' first conference win of the year. Ohio State falls to 3-7-2 overall and 2-7-2 in the conference.
Additionally, the victory is the Purple and Gold's first over the Buckeyes since Nov. 13, 2010, and its first home win since Nov. 10, 2007.
Minnesota State owned a one-goal lead after 20 minutes thanks to freshman Savannah Quandt's (Manktato, Minn.) first career goal. Junior Natalie Stoltz (St. Paul, Minn.) picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and streaked down with Quandt on a two-on-one; then Stoltz fed Quandt, who had her initial shot saved by senior Chelsea Knapp, but buried the rebound to put MSU in front 1-0.
The Buckeyes responded with just ten seconds left in the second period. Sophomore Cara Zubko fired a slap shot from the point that freshman Katie Matheny deflected by senior Danielle Butters (London, Ont.) to even the contest at 1-1.
MSU answered back at 4:57 of the third period with a goal of its own off a deflection on the power-play. Senior Lauren Barnes (Burnsville, Minn.) blasted a shot from the blue line that senior Kelsie Scott (Souris, Man,) tipped off the right post and past Knapp giving the Mavericks a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish. Senior Kari Lundberg (Woodbury, Minn.) pushed the lead to two at 7:48 with a slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat Knapp inside the right post. Fellow senior Nicole Germaine (Mississauga, Ont.) completed the scoring for MSU with an empty-net marker at 17:45 just as Knapp was reaching the Buckeye bench.
Senior Tracy McCann (Lakewood, Ohio), senior Melissa Klippenstein (Neubergthal, Man.) and junior Kathleen Rogan (Vancouver, B.C.) all earned assists for MSU in the win.
For the match, the Mavericks were outshot 39-34 and converted on one-of-two opportunities on the advantage. The Buckeyes finished one-of-seven on the power-play. Butters registered a game-high 38 saves, while Knapp earned 30 of her own for OSU.
The second installment of the conference series will take place tomorrow at 1:07 p.m., back inside All Seasons Arena.