Freshman forward Natalie Spooner scores her team-leading 10th goal of the season
CANTON, N.Y. After breaking from play last weekend, the Ohio State women’s hockey team returned to the ice Friday against St. Lawrence and fell to the No. 5/6 Saints by a score of 5-1 in Canton, N.Y. The nonconference series is the first meeting between the two teams since January 2003.
The Buckeyes fall to 5-10-0 overall this season (3-9-0 WCHA) while St. Lawrence is 9-2-2 (5-1-0 ECAC).
The Saints opened the scoring 3:20 into the first period when Carson Duggan scored off a rebound by Brittaney Maschmeyer. Michelle Zimmerman picked up the second assist on the goal.
St. Lawrence took a 2-0 in the second period with a shorthanded goal at 11:22. While chasing the puck on the penalty kill, Marianna Locke swiped it from the lower right corner of the Buckeye zone and tucked it in from the goal line.
In the third period, SLU added two more goals to double its lead to 4-0. Duggan added her second of the game unassisted at just 19 seconds as she jammed the puck in from the left corner. Britni Smith then scored on the power play on a slap shot from the slot at 7:52 with assists by Tara Akstull and Karell Emard.
The Buckeyes erased the shutout at 13:26 on Natalie Spooner’s team-leading 10th goal of the season. From the left side of the net, the freshman forward from Scarborough, Ontario, banked the puck in off the crossbar off a pass from senior co-captain Hayley Klassen, her fifth assist of the year.
St. Lawrence scored its fifth goal at 14:37 for the 5-1 final. Alley Bero netted the power play goal from the left side, set up by Maschmeyer and Vanessa Emond.
Sophomore goaltender Deidre Facklis made her third start of the season and finished with 34 saves. The Wilmette, Ill., native is 0-2-0 this season. SLU’s Brittony Chartier had 19 saves and is 9-2-2.
The Buckeyes were 0-of-3 on the power play while the Saints were 2-of-5 with the man-advantage.
Ohio State and St. Lawrence will conclude its nonconference series with a 1 p.m. game Saturday at Appleton Arena. Links to live scoring and live video of the game are available on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.