McIntosh leads Buckeyes with four assists, Langan and Spooner have goal and assist each
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore forward Natalie Spooner scored with 4:47 left in the third period to send the game into overtime, but No. 2/3 Minnesota Duluth scored in overtime for the 5-4 victory Friday at the DECC in Duluth, Minn. Fellow sophomore Laura McIntosh had a career game by assisting on all four Buckeye goals, while Spooner and freshman Hokey Langan had a goal and assist apiece.
Ohio State moves to 14-13-4 overall and 11-12-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Bulldogs are 22-7-2 and 18-5-2-1 in the conference.
The Buckeyes converted on 3-of-8 power play opportunities with their opening goal the only one scored at even-strength. Junior defenseman Sandy Nelson made the first goal of her career a memorable one when she opened the scoring 8:34 into the game off assists by fellow blueliner Shannon Reilly and McIntosh.
Minnesota Duluth evened the score at 14:50 when Gina Dodge netted a power-play goal, off assists by Jocelyne Larocque and Jessica Wong, but Langan returned the lead to OSU just 53 seconds later with a goal of her own while on the man-advantage, this time set up by Spooner and McIntosh.
The Bulldogs netted to quick goals in the opening five minutes of the second period, beginning with one by Laura Fridfinnson at 1:12 followed by a goal by Vanessa Thibault at 4:21 to take a 3-2 lead.
Ohio State took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game at 3-all at 17:32 of the second. Senior co-captain Raelyn LaRocque scored with assists by McIntosh and Langan.
The teams again exchanged goals in the third period, with Wong scoring for UMD at 7:49 before Spooner scored to send the game into overtime. Then 3:53 into the extra session, Fridfinnson gave Minnesota Duluth the win off an assist by Emmanuelle Blais.
For the game, Ohio State had a 45-24 advantage in shots, including 14 shots by the Buckeye power play. OSU was 7-of-8 on the penalty kill.
It was a battle between freshmen in net, with UMD’s Jennifer Harss making 41 saves and improving to 20-7-2. Buckeye Chelsea Knapp finished with 19 saves and is 12-13-4.
Ohio State concludes its series with Minnesota Duluth with a 6 p.m. (CT) game Saturday at the DECC. Links to live video and stats are available on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.