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Nine Buckeyes collect points, including two-point games by Davis, Mancuso, McIntosh and Spooner

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by Minttu Tuominen’s first career hat trick and Chelsea Knapp’s first career shutout, the Ohio State women’s hockey team posted a 6-0 win at Minnesota State Friday at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn. Along with the strong performances by the two rookies, a total of nine Buckeyes got in on the scoring with five players recording multiple-point games. Christina Mancuso and Natalie Spooner each had a goal and assist while Laura McIntosh and Rachel Davis each had two assists.

The win moves Ohio State back over .500 at 10-9-4 overall with a 7-8-2-0 mark in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Mavericks are 4-12-5 with a 2-10-5-3 conference record.

Knapp, a freshman from York, N.Y., stopped all 26 shots faced for the shutout and improves to 8-9-4 this season.

Tuominen, who was named to the Finnish Olympic Team Wednesday, scored twice in the opening period to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. The native of Espoo, Finland, fired the puck from midway up the left boards, sailing it past MSU goalie Paige Thunder at 11:30 to begin the scoring. Tuominen was assisted by fellow rookies Tina Hollowell and Liz Rizzo – the first career assist for both.

At 17:49, Tuominen scored again, this time on a wrist shot from the slot off passes from Mancuso and Davis.

Ohio State added four more goals in the second period to build its lead to 6-0. The Buckeyes began with a power play goal at 3:36, scored by Spooner from the right side of the crease. McIntosh set the puck down low after cycling it around with freshman Hokey Langan.

Tuominen then scored her third goal of the game at 9:27 when she came charging down the ice and shot it in off passes by McIntosh and Davis.

Freshman Paige Semenza added her third goal of the season at 11:58 when she slid the puck in under the pads of Alli Altmann, who entered the game after Thunder was pulled following her fourth goal allowed. Spooner picked up the assist on the goal.

As time was winding down in the second period, Mancuso carried the puck into the zone and wound up for a slap shot that flew into the upper right corner of the net at 19:21 for the unassisted goal.

Overall, Minnesota State led in shots, 26-21.  The Buckeyes were 1-of-7 on the power play and had a perfect 3-of-3 mark on the penalty kill. Thunder (0-4-1) made four saves and picked up the loss for the Mavericks. Altmann finished with 11 saves in her 29:35 in net.

Ohio State concludes its season series with Minnesota State with a 3 p.m. (CT) Saturday at All Seasons Arena. Free live video as well as livestats are available on www.MSUMavericks.com with links to both on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.  

Game Notes:

  • With four goals in the second period, the Buckeyes tied the team record for goals in a period. It is the second time they have done so in 2010, also scoring four in the first period vs. Robert Morris (Jan. 3).
  • The hat trick by Minttu Tuominen was the first scored by a Buckeye since Laura McIntosh had one Feb. 20, 2009 also vs. Minnesota State. Tuominen’s hat trick is the 17th scored by an Ohio State player.
  • Tuominen entered the game with three goals in her first 16 games played. It was her first game with Ohio State in 2010 after missing the last two series while competing with the Finnish National Team.
  • The shutout by Chelsea Knapp was the first blanking of a Buckeye opponent since a 3-0 win against Bemidji State, Oct. 24, 2008 in Columbus. It was first time the Buckeyes have held an opponent scoreless on the road since a 3-0 win at St. Cloud State, March 1, 2008 in a first-round WCHA playoff series in St. Cloud, Minn.
  • With her assist, Hokey Langan became just the sixth Buckeye to score 30 or more points in her freshman season. She leads the team in points (30) and assists (19).
  • Natalie Spooner’s goal is the 33rd of her career, moving her to a tie for ninth in the Buckeye records for career scoring.