Both goalies make over 30 saves with Lisa Steffes stopping 33 shots for the Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Laura McIntosh scored with 3:36 left in regulation and Natalie Spooner tallied a shootout goal as the No. 9/10 Ohio State women’s hockey team tied Bemidji State 2-2 in overtime and won the shootout 1-0 Friday at the OSU Ice Rink.
It was an impressive outing in goal on both sides of the ice. Freshman goalie Lisa Steffes posted her third-consecutive game with more than 30 saves with 33 against the Beavers. Bemidji State’s Zuzana Tomcikova, netminder for Slovakia during the 2010 Olympics, also had a strong night with 35 saves.
The Buckeyes move to 7-6-2 overall and are 3-6-2-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Bemidji State is 6-5-2 with a 4-3-2-1 conference record.
Ohio State carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission with a goal by Becky Allis at 5:15. The freshman defenseman fired in a wrist shot from the left side that sailed over Tomcikova’s glove and into the upper right corner. Allis was set up by McIntosh and sophomore Hokey Langan.
Bemidji State came back in the second period scoring twice to take the lead. Emily Erickson tallied a power play goal at 11:08, scoring on a breakaway off a long pass from Annie Bauerfield after she picked up the puck from Tomcikova.
Just two minutes later, the Beavers went up 2-1 when a shot by Allie Duellman found its way through traffic and into the net. Bauerfield notched her second helper of the game while and Kimberly Lieder picked up the second assist.
With time winding down in the third period, senior defenseman Shannon Reilly put the puck on net and it danced along the goal line until McIntosh tapped it in from the right post. Langan collected her second assist of the game on the goal.
Ohio State added another six shots on net in the overtime session and had some solid scoring opportunities, but the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
With an extra WCHA point on the line, the teams went into a three round shootout. Spooner scored as the first shooter and that is all the Buckeyes would need as Steffes stopped the first two attempts by Erin Cody and Sadie Lundquist and Erickson’s shot pinged off the post.
Overall, Ohio State had a 37-35 edge in shots and was 0-of-2 on the power play. Bemidji State was 1-of-4 with the man-advantage.
The Buckeyes and Beavers will conclude their series with a 7 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.