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Wisconsin drops 5-4 heartbreaker to Ohio State

ON WISCONSIN <b>Brianna Decker along with senior Jasmine Giles recorded a goal and an assist Friday night. </b>
Brianna Decker along with senior Jasmine Giles recorded a goal and an assist Friday night.

Jan. 29, 2010

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wisconsin gave up two late goals to drop a 5-4 heartbreaker against Ohio State Friday night at the OSU Ice Rink. The 10th-ranked Badgers were outshot 48-31, marking only the second time this season UW was outshot in a game.

After gaining the 2-1 lead late in the first period, Wisconsin wouldn’t surrender the lead again until the final seconds of regulation when freshman Hokey Langan stuffed in the game-winner from the far edge of the goal crease with only nine seconds left in regulation.

The loss drops Wisconsin to 14-10-3 (11-9-1 WCHA) and puts fifth-place Ohio State (13-10-4, 10-9-2 WCHA) within one point in the league standings. The Badgers remain tied for third with Bemidji State.

 No. 10 Wisconsin 4, Ohio State 5
1st 2nd 3rd
 Ohio State (13-10-4, 10-9-2 WCHA) 1
2 2
 Wisconsin (14-10-3, 11-9-1 WCHA) 2
 Shots:  (UW) 31  | (OSU) 48
 Power Play Goals-Att:  (UW) 2-3  | (OSU) 2-5
 Penalties-Minutes: (UW) 5-10  | (OSU) 3-6

Despite being outshot, Wisconsin had success where they needed it most, scoring two power-play goals to give the Badgers the 2-1 advantage in the first period. Ohio State struck first at 4:27 with an even strength goal by Christina Mancuso who was set up in front of the net by Laura McIntosh who fed her from behind the goal line.

The Badgers responded two minutes later when Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontario) increased her point-scoring streak to nine games with a deflection from the hash marks on a shot from Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.).  Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.) was credited with the second assist.

On UW’s third power play of the period, Decker carried the puck around the near faceoff circle took a shot from the point to beat OSU’s Chelsea Knapp high blocker side at 15:25 in the frame. Kelly Nash (Bonita, Calif.) and Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, Alberta) were credited with the assists.

The second period saw two more power-play goals, but this time it was Ohio State who capitalized on the man advantage. However, Wisconsin would respond with two goals to stay up 4-3 after two periods of play.

Natalie Spooner put in Ohio State’s first power-play goal driving to the net from the OSU zone at the 6:20 mark to tie it up for the second time in the game.

During a Wisconsin penalty kill, Jasmine Giles (Ottawa, Ontario) stole the puck from behind the OSU net. She carried it out in front and backhanded the puck into the upper left corner for the shorthanded goal at 11:13 in the second. It was UW’s fourth shorthanded goal of the season.

On the same power play, only 43 seconds later, Raelyn LaRocque scored the fourth power-play goal of the evening to tie the game at 3-3.

Wisconsin would go into the locker room with the lead after Giles caused another turnover in the OSU zone. Giles got it to Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario) who fed it to Ammerman who was waiting outside the goal crease and put it over Knapp’s left shoulder.

Wisconsin held Ohio State scoreless for 16 minutes in the third period before Laura McIntosh scored the equalizer off a rebound at 16:14 in the frame. Langan would cap the scoring at 19:51 to complete the upset.

Wisconsin’s Alannah McCready (Blaine, Minn.) moves to 7-4-0 after a career-high 43 saves. Knapp finished with 27 saves.

Wisconsin went 2-for-3 on the power play while Ohio State converted on 2-of-5 opportunities.

The Badgers close out the series after short rest with a 3 p.m. ET start on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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