Oct. 7, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior forward Natalie Spooner scored four times as the Ohio State women’s hockey team opened the season tying Bemidji State, 4-4, Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Scarborough, Ontario, product tallied a shootout goal to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 shootout win.

The four goals tied a school record that was set by Spooner in a 6-5 win over Minnesota State (Dec. 13, 2008). Junior Hokey Langan also tied the record in January 2010, leading the Buckeyes to a 5-2 win against Bemidji State.

Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Knapp earned the start in goal for Ohio State (0-0-1, 0-0-1-1) and finished with 30 saves against the Beavers. Zuzana Tomcikova had a strong night for Bemidji State (1-0-2, 0-0-1-1) with 23 saves.

Spooner put the Buckeyes up 2-0 before heading into the first intermission, opening with a power play goal at 7:03. She fired a shot from the right side that found its way past Tomcikova. Setting up the shot was junior Minttu Tuominen and senior Melissa Feste. Spooner’s second goal of the period came at 13:41 as she caught a quick pass from freshman Taylor Kuehl in the crease.

At 5:00 in the second, Spooner tallied her third goal of the night from far right side with an assist to sophomore Madison Marcotte. Bemidji State then responded with three goals in the less than six minutes with the first coming at 14:18 when Emily Erickson’s shot from the left slipped past Knapp. She was assisted by Erika Wheelhouse and Rachael Kelly.

A pair of OSU penalties gave the Beavers a 5-3 advantage on the ice and they capitalized at 18:51 as Sadie Lundquist tapped in a power play goal with assists to Erickson and Montana Vichorek. Erickson added another goal at 19:46 on the power play to lock the score at 3-3 heading into the second intermission.

Kristi King gave BSU its first lead at 1:14 in the third, scoring to put the Beavers up 4-3 with assists to Abby Williams and Wheelhouse. Less than four minutes later, Spooner capped off the fourth hat trick of her career with a goal at 4:59 to lock the score at 4-4. Assists went to Tuominen and Feste.

Following a scoreless overtime, the teams went into a three round shootout with an extra WCHA point on the line. Spooner scored as the fourth shooter and that was all the Buckeyes needed as Knapp stop all three attempts made by Bemidji State.

The Beavers finished with a 34-27 advantage in shots and was 2-of-4 on the power play. Ohio State was 2-of-4 with the man-advantage and Spooner finished with a game-high 12 shots on goal.

The Buckeyes and Beavers will continue their series with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.