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Spooner and McIntosh named Co-Offensive MVP and Reilly is Defensive MVP
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team distributed its annual awards at the team banquet last Saturday evening at the Blackwell Inn. The Buckeyes finished the season with a 14-19-3 overall mark and were 8-17-3 in conference play.
Junior Melissa Feste garnered a pair of awards in the Scarlet and Gray Award and the Power Club Award. The Scarlet and Gray Award is given by the off-ice officials to the most intense competitor, while the Power Club honor is given to those who exhibit hard work in the weight room and off-ice training. The Eden Prairie, Minn., product finished the season with four goals and six assists for 10 points.
Sharing the Offensive Player of the Year honor were juniors Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner. McIntosh had a career season for the Buckeyes, finishing with career highs in goals (14) and points (47) to go with 33 assists. The Waterloo, Ontario, native led the Scarlet and Gray in points with 47.
The honor is Spooner’s third-consecutive of her career. The Scarborough, Ontario, native led the Buckeyes during the 2010-11 season with a team-high 26 goals which ranked fifth overall in the conference. She netted her 20th goal Jan. 22 and became just the second Buckeye to have three 20-goal seasons in her career. She is now second on the all-time career goals list with 69 to her credit in three seasons at Ohio State. The Buckeye forward, who tallied 39 points, had eight multiple goal performances and posted two or more points 14 times in 29 games played. For her efforts, Spooner was named to the All-WCHA second team.
Senior Shannon Reilly was honored with the Defensive Player of the Year award. Reilly, of Chanhassen, Minn., was the foundation for the Buckeye defensive corps, but also had a solid offensive season with a career-high nine goals good for fourth on the squad. She also finished fourth in assists (14) and points (23).
Earning Rookie of the Year nods was goaltender Lisa Steffes. The Amherstburg, Ontario, product saw action in the net in all 36 games for the Buckeyes, finishing with a 14-19-3 record. The rookie netminder broke Ohio State’s single-season saves record on Feb. 11 and concluded the season with 1,085 saves to be the only goaltender in the country with over 1,000 saves. Steffes also came in second on the Buckeye single-season record list with 2159:15 minutes played. Overall, she finished seventh in the WCHA in a trio of categories, concluding the season with a 3.11 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and a .431 winning percentage.
Tina Hollowell won the Most Improved Player Award. After only have just one goal and three assists last season, the sophomore forward responded this season with three goals, 13 assists for 16 points to finish sixth on the team in scoring.
Last year’s most improved player Paige Semenza was awarded with the Seventh Player award. The honor is to recognize the player who exhibits great attitude, give 100 percent effort and has made significant contributions to the team. The sophomore forward tallied a career-best seven goals this season with six assists for 13 points.
Junior Kelly Wild earned the Academic Award for the highest grade-point average on the team. The honor is just another for the defenseman’s collection of classroom achievements. Wild is a WCHA All-Academic Team selection, Academic All-Big Ten at-large selection and a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Ohio State also celebrated its five seniors in Teal Bishop, Jenna Kilpatrick, Christina Mancuso, Sandy Nelson and Reilly.