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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.

Game Notes:

  • Ohio State is 1-2-4 in overtime games this season. Both OT losses have been to Minnesota Duluth.
  • It was the fourth time the Buckeyes have scored three power play goals in a game this season, but the first time since Oct. 30 vs. Minnesota State.
  • Hokey Langan is three points shy of setting the record for freshman scoring by a Buckeye. Her team-high 42 points are second in that category and rank eighth all-time in season scoring at Ohio State. Jeni Creary (2001-02) holds the freshman scoring record with 44 points.
  • Langan netted her team-leading 20th goal of the season to tie for eighth in the Buckeye records.
  • The four assists by Laura McIntosh tie her career-high for points in a game. She has 28 helpers this season to tie her assist output from last season – ranking fourth in the Buckeyes season records.
  • McIntosh has 56 assists for her career to move into 10th place in the Ohio State career records.