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Oct. 20, 2011

Series Notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team travels to Grand Forks, N.D., for its first WCHA road test of the season at No. 7 North Dakota, Oct. 21-22. The Buckeyes (3-0-1, 3-0-1-1) and the Fighting Sioux (3-3-0, 0-2-0) will play at 8:07 p.m. (ET) both Friday and Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

SERIES BASICS
Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0-1, 3-0-1-1 WCHA) at North Dakota Fighting Sioux (3-3-0, 0-2-0 WCHA)
Schedule:
Friday, Oct. 21 – 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 22 – 8 p.m. ET 

Live video/Stats: FightingSioux.com
Live audio: The Fan 1440 AM (FightingSioux.com)
Twitter.com/OhioState_WHKY
Facebook.com/OhioStateWomensHockey 

LAST TIME OUT: ST. CLOUD STATE
Ohio State captured a pair of WCHA wins and swept St. Cloud State at the OSU Ice Rink, Oct. 14-15. The Scarlet and Gray topped the Huskies in a pair of 5-1 wins to improve to 3-0-1 overall and 3-0-1-1 in conference play. Five Buckeyes in freshman Danielle Gagne, senior Laura McIntosh, junior Hokey Langan, senior Natalie Spooner and junior Tina Hollowell scored for the team Friday. Freshman Taylor Kuehl and sophomore Madison Marcotte each finished with a pair of assists.
                Saturday’s 5-1 win again had five different Buckeyes score goals. McIntosh, Spooner and Gagne each picked up their second of the weekend, while Minttu Tuominen and Ally Tarr both finished with a goal. Tarr’s goal at 10:45 in the first was the first short-handed goal for the Buckeyes this season and the first of her career.               

WCHA STANDINGS
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Nate Handrahan, enters the weekend as the top team in the conference. The Buckeyes lead all WCHA teams with 11 points and a 3-0-1-1 record in league competition. Nationally-ranked Wisconsin (No. 1) and Minnesota (No. 2) are tied for second with nine points and are 3-1-0 in WCHA play. 

MCINTOSH EARNS WCHA HONOR
Senior forward Laura McIntosh was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. The honor is the first of the season for McIntosh and the third of her career.
                McIntosh guided the Buckeyes to a WCHA series sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend at home. She finished with four points and a plus-5 on-ice rating as the team defeated the Huskies 5-1 both Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. On Friday, McIntosh gave Ohio State the 2-1 lead at 6:06 in the first period and her first goal of the season ended up being the game-winner against SCSU. She also picked up an assist at 17:04, dishing out a helper on a Hokey Langangoal. McIntosh tallied two more points on Saturday, opening with an assist on Ally Tarr‘s shorthanded, game-winning goal at 10:45 in the first. She also scored the team’s third goal of the game at 12:10 in the opening period. 

REACHING 100
Ohio State’s all-time career assists leader Laura McIntosh reached another impressive feat Saturday. With her assist at 10:45 in the first, the Waterloo, Ontario, product tallied the 100th assist of her career. She becomes the first Buckeye in program history to earn that achievement.
                Speaking of 100, senior Kelly Wild will be competing in her 100th game as a Buckeye Friday at North Dakota. Classmate Natalie Spooner is two games away from 100, while McIntosh and senior defender Brittany Carlson lead the team with 110 games played in their careers.

RECORDS BROKEN
A pair of seniors broke two separate Ohio State records in Friday’s 5-1 win over St. Cloud State as forwards Natalie Spooner and Laura McIntosh set new Buckeye records against WCHA opponents. With her assist at 17:04 in the first period, McIntosh became the program’s all-time leader in career points against conference teams and enters this weekend’s series with 113. Spooner’s goal at 9:09 in the third made her Ohio State’s leader in goals versus WCHA teams and has 57 in her career. 

NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING SIOUX
North Dakota, ranked No. 7 nationally, enters the weekend with a 3-3-0 overall record and is 0-2-0 in WCHA competition. The Fighting Sioux picked up a pair of wins at home last weekend, defeating Vermont by scores of 9-1 and 4-1. The team’s two losses in conference play came on the road, Oct. 8-9, at No. 1 Wisconsin.
                Junior Jocelyne Lamoureux leads the team with five goals and eight assists for 13 points, while twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Kolls is second on the squad with four goals and five assists for nine points. Goaltender Stephanie Ney has started five of the team’s six games and has a 2-3-0 record on the season. The senior has a 2.78 goals-against average with 128 saves on the season.

BUCKEYES VS. NORTH DAKOTA
Ohio State leads the Fighting Sioux in the overall series with a 17-8-3 record since the two squads first met in October 2004. The Buckeyes have 7-5-2 record in Grand Forks, but UND has a 4-0-1 record in the last five meetings.
                Senior Laura McIntosh has team-best 14 points versus the Fighting Sioux, tallying five goals and nine assists in 12 games. Classmate Natalie Spooner is second on the team with eight points on five goals and three assists. 

LAST MEETING
Ohio State traveled to Grand Forks, Feb. 5-6, and dropped a pair of close games to the Fighting Sioux. UND opened the series with a 4-3 overtime win and followed with a 3-2 victory the next day. Laura McIntosh led the Buckeyes with one goal and two assist for three points, while Paige Semenza and Kelly Wild had one goal and one assist each.

SHARING SPACE
Splitting time in the net for the Buckeyes are goalies Chelsea Knapp and Lisa Steffes, having two starts apiece. Steffes, a sophomore from Amherstburg, Ontario, is 2-0-0 on the year with a 2.00 goals-against average good for eighth in the nation. Her .917 save percentage is tenth nationally
               Knapp, a redshirt sophomore from York, N.Y., is 1-0-1 overall. Her 2.40 goals-against average is 11th nationally and has a .909 save percentage.

FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTIONS
This year’s newbies have played a major part in the team’s 3-0-1 start. Taylor Kuehl is tied for a team-best four assists, while Danielle Gagne has two goals and one assist on the young season. Kayla Sullivan has one goal for the Buckeyes and twin sisters Kari Schmitt and Sara Schmitt have been key roles for the team’s defensive strike. 

CAREER FIRSTS
Five Buckeyes scored their first-career points against Bemidji State, Oct. 7-8. Friday night had three of the five tally points in sophomores Annie Svedin and Madison Marcotte and freshman Taylor Kuehl. Svedin and Kuehl picked up assists on Natalie Spooner‘s second goal of the game at 3:41 in the first period. Marcotte followed with an assist on another Spooner goal at 5:00 in the second.
                Freshman Kayla Sullivan scored the first goal of her career, finding the back of the net at 1:41 in the second period in the 5-3 win over the Beavers Saturday. She was assisted by classmate Danielle Gagne, earning her first collegiate point.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes continue on the road next week, traveling to Minnesota State for a WCHA weekend series, Oct. 28-29. Friday’s game is set for 8:07 p.m. ET and the puck drops at 4:07 p.m. ET Saturday in Mankato, Minn., at the All Seasons Arena.