Final: Ohio State women 4, Minnesota Duluth 2

Ohio State scored three power-play goals Friday afternoon on the way to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota Duluth to open a first round, best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s playoff series before 562 fans at Amsoil Arena.

The Bulldogs (14-15-4) need a win at 2:07 p.m. today to extend their season and force a deciding game Sunday. Ohio State has won three straight games at Amsoil Arena this season. UMD is 1-7-1 the last nine games.

The Buckeyes (18-14-3) trailed 1-0 just four minutes into the game but rallied for a 2-1 advantage after one period on power-play scores from Ally Tarr and Paige Semenza.

Goals by defenseman Brigette Lacquette and winger Vanessa Thibault gave UMD a 2-2 tie midway through the second period before Annie Svedin put the Buckeyes ahead for good with 2:41 left in the period. Ohio State was 3-of-4 on power plays, while UMD was 0-of-3.

Senior winger Hokey Langan recorded her 57th career goal, on an empty-net score, with 75 seconds to play to clinch the victory. Shots on goal were 23-23.

UMD’s Karissa Grapp made a second career start in goal, in place of fellow freshman Kayla Black, who is sidelined by an injury. Junior Chelsea Knapp made 21 saves for Ohio State.

Ohio State……………………… 2-1-1—4

Minnesota Duluth……………. 1-1-0—2

First period — 1. UMD, Brigette Lacquette 8 (Zoe Hickel), 3:38; 2. Ohio State, Ally Tarr 13 (Taylor Kuehl, Sara Schmitt), 12:29 (pp); 3. Ohio State, Paige Semenza 13 (Annie Svedin, Schmitt), 18:20 (pp). Penalties — Tea Villila, UMD (interference), 10:40; Villila, UMD (checking), 13:16; Emma Stauber, UMD (interference), 17:22.

Second period —4. UMD, Vanessa Thibault 2 (Brienna Gillanders, Lacquette), 8:58; 5. Ohio State, Svedin 4 (Hokey Langan, Tina Hollowell), 17:19. Penalties — Minttu Tuominen, Ohio State (tripping), :41; Svedin, Ohio State (holding), 10:44; Jessica Wong, UMD (roughing), 10:44; Hickel, UMD (holding), 15:40.

Third period —6. Ohio State, Langan 11 (Tuominen, Semenza), 18:15 (en). Penalties — Langan, Ohio State (tripping), 18:36.

Shots on goal — Ohio State 11-8-4–23, UMD 7-6-10–23. Goalies — Chelsea Knapp (18-13-3), Ohio State (23 shots-21 saves); Karissa Grapp (0-2), UMD (23 shots-19 saves). Power plays — Ohio State 3-of-4, UMD 0-of-3. Referees — Dan Lick, Dave Lick. Linesmen — Shane Paskey, Kevin Capocasa. A — 562.