Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner extend point streaks to six games
COLUMBUS, Ohio Freshmen forwards Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner extended their point streaks to six games, but the Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to No. 2 Minnesota, 9-2, Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes twice held a one-goal lead in the opening five minutes of the game, but the Golden Gophers took charge and scored eight unanswered goals over the next 55 minutes for the win.

The game opened with a flurry of four goals in the first five minutes. McIntosh opened the scoring just 2:50 into the first period. The Waterloo, Ontario, native deked Minnesota goaltender Alyssa Grogan while skating through the slot and shot the puck in for her seventh goal of the season. She was assisted by senior co-captain Hayley Klassen, her 12th helper of the year.

Minnesota responded with its first goal 17 seconds later when Jocelyne Lamoureux scored from the right edge of the slot off a pass from her twin sister Monique.

Ohio State regained the lead at 4:22 when senior defenseman Megan Hostasek picked up the puck from Spooner and fired a shot that pinged into the goal from the blue line. It was the first goal for Hostasek since Jan. 19, 2007 a stretch of 65 games for the native of Kimberley, British Columbia.

The Gophers evened the score at 2-all when Gigi Marvin scored from just below the left faceoff circle at 4:58. Minnesota added goals by M. Lamoureux at 9:31 and Anne Schleper at 16:54 to carry a 4-2 lead into the first intermission.

In the second period, the Gophers added three more goals to pull away with a 7-2 lead. They quickly extended their lead with two power play goals in less then a minute a 5-on-3 goal by Marvin at 12:46 and 5-on-4 lamplighter by M. Lamoureux at 13:41.

Freshman goalie Barbara Bilko entered the game 13:10 into the second period and finished the game for the first collegiate minutes of her career. She relieved senior assistant captain Liana Bonanno, who finished with 19 saves in 26:45.

Ohio State held Minnesota without a goal throughout the third period until the closing two minutes when the Gophers struck twice for a 9-2 final.

The two goals scored by the Buckeyes against Grogan was the first time she had allowed two goals in a game since Oct. 10 of this season against nationally-ranked Minnesota Duluth. She finished with 21 saves and improved to 9-0-1.

In her 33:10 in net, Bilko totaled 26 saves with four goals allowed. Bonanno registered the loss to move to 5-10-1.

Jen Schoullis led Minnesota with four points on a goal and three assists. A total of 14 Gophers had a point with three-point games by Marvin and both Lamoureux sisters.

Overall, the Gophers had a 54-23 advantage in shots. Ohio State was 0-of-7 on the power play while Minnesota was 3-of-5.

The Buckeyes will conclude their season series against the Gophers with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Live scoring will be available on the women’s hockey schedule page on “Skate with the Buckeyes” and autograph sessions will be held following the game.