Laura McIntosh leads Buckeyes with four points on game-tying goal and three assists

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team rallied with two goals in the last 4 minutes, including the game-winning goal by rookie Hokey Langan with 9 seconds left, to defeat No. 10 Wisconsin, 5-4 Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. Sophomore Laura McIntosh scored the game-tying goal with 3:49 on the clock and then set up the gamewinner as part of a four-point night to lead the Buckeyes.

It is the first Ohio State victory over Wisconsin at the OSU Ice Rink since Oct. 23, 2004. Earlier this season, the Buckeyes snapped a 21-game winless streak against the Badgers with a 4-3 win Oct. 23 in Madison.

The win moves Ohio State to 13-10-4 overall with a 10-9-2-0 record in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Wisconsin, the defending NCAA champion, is 14-10-3 and 11-9-1-0 in the conference.

Along with McIntosh’s goal and three assists, her linemates Raelyn LaRocque (1g, 2a) and Langan (1g, 1a) had multiple-point nights as the line totaled nine points. Sophomore Natalie Spooner also had a goal and assist and classmate Kelly Wild had two helpers.

The Buckeyes built a quick lead in the first period when Spooner fed the puck from behind the net to junior Christina Mancuso, who charged down the slot to knock it in from the left side at 4:27. LaRocque had the second assist.

Wisconsin answered with consecutive power-play goals from the slot by Carolyne Prevost at 6:32 and Brianna Decker at 15:25 to carry the 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Ohio State evened the score with a power-play goal of its own 6:20 into the second. Picking up the puck on a long pass by McIntosh, Spooner carried it all the way through the UW zone and scored from the right post. Wild tallied the second helper on the goal.

While on another OSU power-play opportunity, Jasmine Giles of the Badgers snatched up a loose puck by the Buckeye net and backhanded it in for the shorthanded goal to regain the lead at 11:13. Just 43 seconds later, LaRocque tucked in a loose puck from the left side of the crease with assists by Spooner and Langan to knot the score at 3-all.

Wisconsin added another goal 15:24 for the 4-3 lead at the second intermission as Brooke Ammerman scored from the right side with assists from Mallory Deluce and Giles.

With time winding down in the third period, McIntosh carried the puck into the Badger zone and fired it on net from the slot, grabbing her own rebound and scoring top-shelf at 16:14 to tie the game. As the game entered the last minute, the line of LaRocque, McIntosh and Langan came down the ice with Langan scoring on a wrist shot from the left side at 19:51.

Overall, Ohio State had a 48-31 advantage in shots, including a 21-12 margin in the second period. Both teams scored twice on the power play with the Buckeyes 2-of-5 and Wisconsin 2-of-3.

Freshman goalie Chelsea Knapp made 27 saves and improved to 11-10-4, while Alannah McCready of the Badgers had 43 saves and is 7-4-0.

The two teams will conclude their season series with a 3 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission, as always, is free. It is the U.S. College Hockey Online Game of the Week with live video and audio available through  

Game Notes:

  • The Buckeye win was the second one over Wisconsin this season – the first time Ohio State has topped the Badgers twice in one season. It is only the fifth OSU win over Wisconsin in the all-time series (5-38-6).
  • This was only the second game of the season the Buckeye penalty kill had allowed an opponent power play to score more than once (2-of-3).
  • Laura McIntosh tied her career-high for points in game with four and assists with three.
  • McIntosh also increased her career point total to 70 (19g, 51a) to move into 14th all-time in the Ohio State records. McIntosh is an assist away from moving into the top 10 in the career standings.
  • With 39 points, Hokey Langan is in a tie for third in points by a Buckeye freshman. She is tied with McIntosh’s total from last season. Jeni Creary (2001-02) has the record with 44 and Kelli Halcisak (2000-01) is second with 40.
  • Langan also had the game-winning goal in a 4-3 victory at the Kohl Center in Madison earlier this season. She scored it with 4:55 left in the third, Oct. 23, 2009.
  • The line of McIntosh, Langan and Raelyn LaRocque has combined for 19 points (7g, 12a) in the last three games.
  • With her goal, Natalie Spooner now stands alone in eighth place career goals by a Buckeye with 35.