COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the final regular season game of 2011, the Ohio State women’s hockey team rallied to tie the game, 1-1, in the third period and went on to win the shootout, 1-0, at Bemidji State Saturday afternoon in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Sanford Center.

After skating through a scoreless overtime session, the Buckeyes (14-17-3, 8-17-3-3) picked up another point in conference play by winning the three-round shootout 1-0 on a goal by junior Natalie Spooner. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, Spooner tied the game, 1-1, at 6:50 in the third period with assists from freshman Ally Tarr and junior Melissa Feste.

The tie and the shootout win put Ohio State in sixth place in the conference standings with 30 points and will either travel to Minnesota or Minnesota Duluth in a best-of-three series to begin the WCHA Playoffs, Feb. 25-27. Game times and place to be determined.

Bemidji State scored the first goal of the game after the Scarlet and Gray picked up their first penalty at 7:03 in the first period. Emily Erickson claimed the power-play goal at 7:30 as Erin Cody and Montana Vichorek were credited with the assists. Ohio State held on strong through the remaining minutes of the first as the team denied an additional two BSU power plays.

In the second period, both teams went scoreless with shots an even, 8-8.

In the final period, the Beavers came out firing, but OSU goaltender Lisa Steffes went 18-for-18 in the saves department to help the Buckeyes force overtime on the road.

With her game-tying goal, Spooner now has a team-high 26 goals and has 39 points to conclude the 2011 regular season. She is the only the second Buckeye in program history to have three seasons of at least 20 goals. Spooner leads Ohio State in scoring vs. the Beavers with 14 points (6g, 8a) in 12 games.

Steffes finishes the regular season with a 14-17-3 record, colleting 37 saves vs. the Beavers Saturday to become the first goaltender in program history to cap the 1,000-saves mark in a season (1,016).

Overall, the Beavers outshot Ohio State, 38-25. The Buckeyes were 0-of-3 on the power play, while Bemidji State was 1-of-4.

Game Notes

  • This was the third shootout victory for the Buckeyes this season. They won their previous two attempts at North Dakota (2-0, Nov. 7) and at home vs. Bemidji State (1-0, Nov. 26). Laura McIntosh and Ally Tarr were the other two OSU shooters Saturday.
  • Lisa Steffes saved all three shots faced in the shootout by BSU’s Erin Cody, Erin Johnson and Annie Bauerfeld.
  • With 1,016 saves this year, Steffes is first in the Buckeye records for saves in a season, leading the nation in saves in 2011.
  • Natalie Spooner concludes the regular season with the fifth-most goals in WCHA-only games with 17 this year.