Laura McIntosh has goal and assist as Huskies score three unanswered goals for win
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After building a quick lead on two power play goals in the first 6 minutes of the game, St. Cloud State answered with three man-advantage goals of its own over the first two periods to come from behind and defeat the Ohio State women’s hockey team, 3-2, Friday at the OSU Ice Rink.
The loss eliminated the Buckeyes from home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs as they remain sixth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 26 points on a 12-13-2-0 record (15-14-4 overall). St. Cloud State is tied for third with 31 points on an 11-11-5-4 mark (14-12-7 overall).
Ohio State took advantage of a 5-minute power play after SCSU’s Caitlin Hogan was assessed a game misconduct and major for checking from behind just 2:59 into the contest. Sophomore Kim Theut tallied the first goal, her sixth overall on the season, at 3:44 when she knocked in the puck while coming in from the left side with assists from classmates Laura McIntosh and Kelly Wild.
Wild and McIntosh then combined again at 5:59 for the 2-0 lead. While cycling the puck around, freshman Hokey Langan passed it across to Wild, who tapped it over to McIntosh at the top of the slot. She wound up for a slap shot that sailed into the back of the net.
It was McIntosh’s 10th goal of the season and 40th point overall. The assists were the 13th and 14th of the season for Wild, while Langan collected her 26th and upped her team-leading point total to 47.
St. Cloud State was ready to respond with a strong power play of its own, beginning with a goal at 14:01 to cut the Buckeye lead to 2-1 at the first intermission. Felicia Nelson scored from the right post off the rebound of a shot by Alex Nelson. Meaghan Pezon picked up the second assist, the first of three in the game for her.
In the second period, Holly Roberts of the Huskies fired in a shot from the left faceoff circle to even the score at 8:50, with Pezon and Alex Nelson assisting.
The Huskies then took the lead at 17:27 with a 5-on-3 goal scored by Alex Nelson during a scramble in front of the net. She was assisted by Pezon and Felicia Nelson.
Ohio State fired a total of 27 shots in the third period, including 10 on goal and 13 that went wide, but SCSU held on to its lead for the win.
Freshman goalie Chelsea Knapp made 24 saves and is 13-14-4. Ashley Nelson finished with 31 saves for the Huskies to improve to 11-9-7.
Overall, Ohio State had a 33-27 advantage in shots and was 2-of-6 on the power play. St. Cloud State was 3-of-8 with the man-advantage.
The Buckeyes and Huskies conclude their series in the final regular-season game of the season at 2 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Prior to the game, the Buckeyes will honor their three seniors – Rachel Davis, Raelyn LaRocque and Michele Tonnessen. Live video, audio and stats are available on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.