Feb. 4, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by seniors Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner, the Ohio State women’s hockey team picked up a 4-3 upset over No. 9 Minnesota Duluth Saturday night at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. McIntosh broke the Ohio State career-points record with three points in the win, while Spooner finished with a hat trick for the Buckeyes.
With the win, the Buckeyes are now 15-11-4 overall and stand at 12-11-1-1 in the WCHA. UMD fell to 15-12-1 and 12-11-1-1 in the conference. The two teams enter the final two weeks of the regular season tied for fourth in the league with 38 points.
McIntosh, a forward from Waterloo, Ontario, entered the evening tied for first with former Buckeye Jana Harrigan (2003-06) with 160 points. McIntosh now leads all current and former Buckeyes with 163 points. Spooner’s hat trick was her third of the season and the sixth of her career. She is third overall in career points with 156.
The Bulldogs scored the first goal of the game when Jessica Wong found the back of the net at 8:27 in the first. The team put another goal on the board just 34 seconds into the second period as Jenna McParland scored to give the UMD a 2-0 advantage.
Spooner opened the Buckeye scoring at 2:18 in the second, notching an even-strength goal with the assist going to freshman Danielle Gagne. A little over eight minutes later, McIntosh set the Ohio State record with a power-play goal at 10:42. Spooner and junior Hokey Langan each had an assist on the goal.
The Buckeyes closed out the second period with another goal by Spooner, coming at 18:19. McIntosh tallied her second point of the game with an assist.
Spooner, of Scarborough, Ontario, tallied her third goal of the game in the third period, scoring a power play goal at 1:25 to give Ohio State a 4-2 advantage. McIntosh and sophomore Ally Tarr earned assists on the score. UMD battled back to score a short-handed goal at 7:42, but it wasn’t enough as the Buckeyes held on for a 4-3 win.
Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Knapp totaled 29 saves to improve to 4-3-3 on the season, while UMD’s Jennifer Harss dropped to 14-12-1 with 32 saves.
Ohio State hosts its final home series, Feb. 10-11, facing No. 2 Minnesota at the OSU Ice Rink. Friday’s game is set for 7:07 p.m. ET, while the puck drops at 4:07 p.m. ET Saturday. The Buckeyes will honor its five seniors prior to Saturday’s game.