Freshman forward Natalie Spooner scores twice in 8-3 loss to the defending NCAA champs
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team dropped the second game against No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth by a score of 8-3 Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The loss completed the sweep for the defending NCAA champion Bulldogs. The Buckeyes are now 5-9-0 overall with a 3-9-0 mark in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. UMD is 6-4-2, 4-4-2 in the conference.

In a game that featured 11 goals, the teams skated to a scoreless first period in which Minnesota Duluth had an 18-9 advantage in shots.

The Bulldogs then came out of the first intermission and scored three goals in the first four minutes to quickly build a lead. Tara Gray opened the scoring at 2:42 and Elin Holmlov added goals at 3:31 and 4:03.

Ohio State cut the lead to 3-1 at 6:34 when freshman Natalie Spooner scored her first of two goals in the game. The forward from Scarborough, Ontario, and classmate Laura McIntosh took advantage of a 2-on-1 breakaway with Spooner scoring from the slot. Sophomore defenseman Teal Bishop picked up the second assist.

Minnesota Duluth added three goals in the last eight minutes of the period for a 6-1 lead at the end of two. The Bulldogs scored twice on special teams with Jaime Rasmussen tallying a power play goal at 12:17, followed by Laura Fridfinnson scoring shorthanded at 15:06. Haley Irwin then added an even-strength goal at 18:22.

Irwin opened the third period with two more goals to complete the natural hat trick. She scored both on the power play at 3:53 and 10:21.

The Buckeyes scored the last two goals of the game for an 8-3 final. While on the power play, senior co-captain Morgan Marziali fired a shot in top-shelf from the left faceoff circle at 13:42 off passes by freshmen Melissa Feste and Kelly Wild.

Spooner then swiped the puck while on the penalty kill, weaved it end-to-end and scored from the right side of the net at 15:17. The goal was Ohio State’s first shorthanded one of the season and Spooner’s team-leading ninth of the season.

For the game, the teams totaled 25 penalties for 58 minutes. UMD was 3-of-11 on the power play while Ohio State was 1-of-7. The Bulldogs led in shots on goal, 50-28.

Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno started the game for the Buckeyes and made 32 saves. Sophomore Deidre Facklis patrolled the net the last 9:39 with 10 saves. Bonanno picked up the loss to move to 5-8-0.

In the Minnesota Duluth net, Kim Martin played the first two periods with 12 saves and Johanna Ellison entered the game at the start of the third and made 13 saves.

After seven straight series, the Buckeyes will break next weekend and return to the ice for a nonconference series at St. Lawrence over the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28-29.