|1st||10:17||OSU||1-0||EV||Kendall Curtis (5)||Alexa Ranahan/4|
|1st||17:00||OSU||2-0||EV||Kari Schmitt (5)||Kendall Curtis/4, Alexa Ranahan/5|
|3rd||8:19||MNS||1-2||EV||Nicole Schammel (8)||Hannah Davidson/8, Kathleen Rogan/6|
|3rd||15:53||MNS||2-2||SH||Nicole Schammel (9)||Katie Johnson/4, Shelby Moteyunas/5|
|3rd||16:32||OSU||3-2||PP GW||Lauren Spring (4)||Alexa Ranahan/6, Claudia Kepler/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (3-24-1)||0/2||5/10||1|
|Ohio State (15-11-3)||1/5||2/4||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brianna Quade (L, 1-7-0)||58:01||3||12||14||5||31|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Stacy Danczak (W, 7-3-3)||59:50||2||2||9||1||12|
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team withstood a late offensive push from Minnesota State to down the Mavericks, 3-2, Friday evening at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. Rookie Lauren Spring posted the gamewinner on a power play in the third period, after Minnesota State previously tied the game, 2-2, earlier in the stanza.
With the win, the Buckeyes move to 15-11-3 overall this season and 10-10-3-1 in conference play. The teams will conclude the series at 2:07 p.m. ET Saturday at the OSU Ice rink.
The Buckeyes claimed a 2-0 lead in the first period. Junior Kendall Curtis started off the scoring trend, dropping a floater into the crease at 10:17, which was then misdirected by a Maverick forward. Awarded a solo assist on the play was sophomore Alexa Ranahan, while Curtis tallied her fifth goal of the season. The Scarlet and Gray have scored first in 18 games this season and are 14-3-1 with the opening goal. Curtis notched her second point of the game, assisting on a score by senior Kari Schmitt at the 17-minute mark. Ranahan also added a helper on the play. Overall, Ohio State recorded 14 shots, compared to two from the Mavericks. Redshirt junior Stacy Danczak earned her 13th start in goal, posting two saves in the first.
In the second, the Buckeyes were unable to add to their point total; however, junior Julia McKinnon had a nice look on a breakaway with the Buckeyes short-handed in the final minute of the period. Ohio State was strong defensively, limiting MSU to nine shots and killing two penalties. Danczak registered nine stops in the stanza.
The Mavericks answered in the third period, earning two goals to tie the game, 2-2. Minnesota State's first goal came at 8:19 and was credited to the team's leading scorer Nicole Schammel. The Maverick rookie also netted the equalizer, this time short-handed at 15:53. Ohio State's power play unit came through shortly after, with Spring scoring the go-ahead goal. Spring, who contributed her fourth goal of the season, was assisted on the play by Ranahan and sophomore Claudia Kepler.
For the game, Ohio State outshot Minnesota State by a 34-14 margin. Danczak was credited with 12 saves in 59:50, while MSU goalie Brianna Quade earned 31 stops in 58.01.
The Buckeye penalty kill unit finished the game with a 2-for-2 rating, as the Buckeyes countered with one power-play goal on four opportunities.