After a tough series against now top-ranked Minnesota, the Buckeyes conclude three-week homestand with the Huskies
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team looks to bounce back after a tough series against now top-ranked Minnesota and conclude a three-week homestand vs. St. Cloud State, Jan. 16-17. Games begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission is free and “Skate with the Buckeyes” and autograph sessions will be held following the Saturday game.
The Buckeyes (6-14-2, 4-11-1-1 WCHA) were swept by the Golden Gophers, 9-2 and 12-1, last weekend as Minnesota extended its NCAA-leading win streak to 14 games. St. Cloud State (10-10-2, 7-8-1-1 WCHA) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win against North Dakota after dropping the first game 3-1 at the National Hockey Center.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS
Live scoring the Ohio State-St. Cloud State series will be available on the Buckeyes’ official athletics Web site: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links to the games are available on the women’s hockey schedule page.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes are sixth in the WCHA standings with 10 points. They are six points behind fifth-place St. Cloud State, who Ohio State split a series with Nov. 8-9 at the National Hockey Center. The OSU special teams are operating at 12.6 percent on the power play and 77.4 percent on the penalty kill.
Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Laura McIntosh with a team-high 27 points and 20 assists. Fellow rookie forward Natalie Spooner is right behind her with 23 points and a Buckeye-best 17 goals. Senior co-captain Hayley Klassen is third in scoring with 20 points (8g, 12a).
The OSU net has been patrolled by senior Liana Bonanno and sophomore Deidre Facklis the majority of the season. Bonanno is 5-10-1 with a 3.70 GAA and .897 save percentage. Facklis has a 1-3-1 record, 6.35 GAA And .847 save percentage.
CHATTING IT UP
Freshman forward Laura McIntosh held an online chat with Buckeye fans Wednesday morning. To read the transcript, go to the women’s hockey page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
BUCKEYES VS. HUSKIES
Ohio State has a slight edge in the all-time series with St. Cloud State with a 21-20-4 mark. The Buckeyes have a 9-7-2 record against the Huskies in Columbus.
Sophomore defensemen Shannon Reilly has scored 10 of her 35 career points against SCSU, including a goal and two assists in the teams’ last meeting in St. Cloud. The native of Chanhassen, Minn., has tallied nine assists in nine career games against the Huskies.
WHEN LAST WE MET
Ohio State split a series at St. Cloud State, Nov. 8-9. The Buckeyes won the first game by a score of 3-2 before falling to the Huskies 5-2. In game one, senior Hayley Klassen scored twice and sophomore Shannon Reilly added the gamewinner with three minutes left in the third period. Freshman Laura McIntosh set up all three OSU goals and Klassen assisted on the third goal for a three-point game.
In game two, Reilly and junior Raelyn LaRocque set up both Buckeye goals scored by Christina Mancuso and Rachel Davis. The goal was Mancuso’s first lamplighter of the season. Ohio State was without top goal-scorer Natalie Spooner for the SCSU series as she was with the Canadian National Team at the Four Nations Cup.
ALL REILL-ED UP
Sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly has had an assist in five of the last six games with seven helpers in that span. In her first 15 games of the season, Reilly had just four points with three of them coming against St. Cloud State, Nov. 8-9.
Last season, the Chanhassen, Minn., native led the Buckeyes in freshmen scoring with 24 points (6g, 18a). Reilly is currently fourth on the team in scoring with 11 points, good for 12th overall among WCHA defensemen.
Against Minnesota, Laura McIntosh had a goal Friday and an assist Saturday to extend her point streak to seven games with 10 points (3g, 7a) in that span. She has been held without a point just six games this season and only twice in back-to-back games.
Linemate Hayley Klassen has recorded a point seven of the last eight games with three goals and eight assists during that time. In her first 10 games of the season, she recorded points in just three of them. She also missed four games with an injury during the first half.
QUITE A PAIR
Freshman forwards Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner rank among the best in the WCHA. McIntosh is fourth in rookie scoring with 27 points, followed by Spooner in a tie for fifth with 23. McIntosh’s 20 assists are tied for third in the league, while Spooner is fifth in goal-scoring with 17. Her four power-play goals are tied for sixth.
HARD DAYS NIGHT
From Jan. 2-10, freshman forward Natalie Spooner played in six hockey games with an international flight in between. Four of them were with the Canadian Under-22 Team who won silver at the MLP Cup in Germany. She returned to Columbus that Wednesday night and played top-line for the Buckeyes in both games against Minnesota. On Sunday, she napped.
Freshman forward Natalie Spooner set an Ohio State record for goals in a game with four vs. Minnesota State (Dec. 12). She scored 33 seconds into the first period, then added a natural hat trick in a span of 1:56 in the second, including two goals 22 seconds apart (4:33, 4:55, 6:29). Fellow rookie Laura McIntosh scored at 7:17 for a four-goal outburst in a span of 2:44. The four goals tied the OSU record for goals in a period.
With just 16 games under her belt, rookie Natalie Spooner already ranks 10th in season goals at Ohio State with 17. The Buckeye record is 29 goals scored by Jeni Creary in 2004-05. Only four players have ever scored 20 or more goals in a season (Creary three times, Erin Keys twice, and once each for Jana Harrigan and Shana Frost).
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State was swept by then-No. 2 Minnesota in a home series, Jan. 9-10 at the OSU Ice Rink. The Gophers won by scores of 9-2 Friday and 12-1 Saturday. Five OSU players had points against Minnesota, with a goal and assist for both senior co-captain Hayley Klassen and freshman forward Laura McIntosh. Senior defenseman Megan Hostasek also scored for the Buckeyes Friday.
All three Ohio State goalies saw time against the Gophers. Freshman Barbara Bilko entered the Friday game in the 26th minute for her first appearance as a Buckeye to relieve senior Liana Bonanno. Bilko followed with her first collegiate start Saturday. Sophomore Deidre Facklis then entered game two in the first period and played the remaining 49:49.
NOTING THE MINNESOTA SERIES
The goal by Megan Hostasek was her first since Jan. 19, 2007 a stretch of 65 games.
The two goals scored by the Buckeyes against Minnesota’s Alyssa Grogan Friday was the first time she had allowed two goals in a game since Oct. 10 of this season against nationally-ranked Minnesota Duluth.
The loss Saturday was the worst in OSU history in both scoring margin and most goals allowed.
MOVING ON UP
With a goal and assist against Minnesota, senior forward Hayley Klassen increased her career point total to 83. The co-captain from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ranks 10th all-time in the OSU record books and is three points shy of the ninth position. Klassen has 39 career goals to rank sixth. She has five multi-point performances this season, including a career-high four points against Minnesota State (Dec. 13) and ranks third on the team in scoring with 20 points (8g, 12a) even after missing four games with an injury.
Ohio State faced its seventh nationally-ranked opponent in a series last weekend against then-No. 2 Minnesota. In the first half of their season, the Buckeyes also played No. 2 Minnesota in Minneapolis and No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 5/6 St. Lawrence, No. 8/9 Minnesota Duluth, No. 9 Boston University and No. 9 Providence (rankings as of date of games). North Dakota entered the polls at No. 10 following its series against Ohio State.
HOME SWEET HOME
This weekend, the Buckeyes continue a season-long three-week homestand at the OSU Ice Rink. After hosting Boston University and Minnesota, Ohio State welcomes St. Cloud State this weekend. Five of eight series the second half of the season will be in Columbus. The Buckeyes concluded the first half with a stretch where they played four of five series on the road.
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
Ohio State has been without its top goal scorer, Natalie Spooner, three series this season while she was playing with Team Canada. The Scarborough, Ontario, native missed back-to-back road series at North Dakota (Nov. 1-2) and St. Cloud State (Nov. 8-9) while playing with the National Women’s Team at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid.
Most recently Spooner missed a home series vs. Boston University (Jan. 2-3) while she was in Europe with the Canadian Under-22 Team. They won the silver medal at the 2009 MLP Cup (formerly the European Air Canada Cup) in Ravensburg, Germany.
BUCKS FOR CANUCKS
Current freshman forward Natalie Spooner and incoming forward Casandra (Hokey) Langan were named to Canadian teams that competed in international events in January. Spooner was selected to the Under-22 Team for the 2009 MLP Cup, Jan. 2-6 in Ravensburg, Germany. Langan was named to the Under-18 Team for the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championships, Jan. 5-10 in Fssen, Germany. Both won silver medals at their respective tournaments.
The Ohio State women’s hockey team has signed five student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent, head coach Jackie Barto announced Nov. 25. The freshman class of 2009-10 includes: Krystina Hollowell (F, Little Casesars U-19; Clinton Township, Mich.), Chelsea Knapp (G, Lawrence Academy; York, N.Y.), Casandra “Hokey” Langan (F, London Jr. Devilettes; Chatham, Ontario), Paige Semenza (F, North American Hockey Academy; Pittston, Pa.) and Minnamari “Minttu” Tuominen (F, Espoo Blues; Espoo, Finland).
VANDERVEER A VOICE FOR THE HOCKEY NEWS BLOG
Erika Vanderveer, a former goaltender for the women’s hockey team, has been added as a blogger to the “Hockey Insiders” section of The Hockey News’ Web site (www.thehockeynews.com). The 2007 Ohio State graduate had her first blog posted Dec. 12 and is the only female blogger for the site on either their “The Hockey News” or “Hockey Insider” blogs. The Bradford, Ontario, native is a graphic designer for the magazine and a goaltender with the Burlington Barracudas of the Canadian Women’s League.
Vanderveer patrolled the Ohio State net from 2004-07 and concluded her career with several Buckeye records in both season and career categories, including career wins (42) and season goals-against average (9.20). She earned a total of eight Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week awards. While at Ohio State, Vanderveer had strong performances in the classroom as well and received a number of honors. She was a three-time Scholar All-American selection by the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association, a two-time Scholar-Athlete and three-time All-Academic Team honoree by the WCHA.
Hayley Klassen picked up WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Dec. 17. She totaled six points in a conference series at Minnesota State, helping Ohio State take four points from the Mavericks. She had two assists in a 6-5 victory Friday and followed with a career-high four points in game two. The forward from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scored twice and added two assists as the Buckeyes skated to a 5-5 tie and won in a shootout. Klassen and her linemates (Spooner and Laura McIntosh) combined for 18 points in the two games.
Natalie Spooner was named WCHA Rookie of the Week Dec. 17. She continued her outstanding play, setting a Buckeye record for goals in a game while totaling seven points (5g, 2a) in a road series at Minnesota State. Spooner scored four goals in game one against the Mavericks to set the single-game goal record at Ohio State. She scored her first goal 33 seconds into the contest and added a natural hat trick in a 1:56 span in the second period. She had two goals 22 seconds apart and added a third 1:34 later (4:33, 4:55, 6:29). In the second game, Spooner had a goal and two assists.
Natalie Spooner earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 3. She scored three of Ohio State’s five goals against No. 5/6 St. Lawrence in a nonconference series in Canton, N.Y. The Scarborough, Ontario, native had a goal in the first game and added two in the second to extend her goal streak to three games. She had a point in six of the last seven games. It was her fourth multiple-goal game.
Laura McIntosh was named WCHA Co-Rookie of the Week Nov. 5. She shared the award with Alyssa Wiere, a forward from North Dakota. McIntosh played a part in five of six Buckeye goals in a road series at North Dakota, Nov. 1-2. The rookie forward from Waterloo, Ontario, had an assist on the second goal in game one. She followed by setting up or scoring all four OSU goals in the second game, alternating with assist, goal, assist and goal. Her line totaled 10 points that contest.
Natalie Spooner earned the WCHA Rookie of the Week award Oct. 29. Spooner factored into four of Ohio State’s five goals in a sweep of Bemidji State at the OSU Ice Rink (Oct. 24-25). The freshman from Scarborough, Ontario, scored twice in a 3-0 shutout of the Beavers in game one. In the second game, Spooner set up the first goal before scoring the gamewinner for the 2-1 victory.
Liana Bonanno earned two Defensive Player of the Week awards to open the 2008-09 season. She received the honors from U.S. College Hockey Online, Oct. 6, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Oct. 8. Bonanno backstopped Ohio State to an upset sweep at then-No. 9 Providence, Oct. 3-4 in Providence, R.I. The assistant captain made a total of 70 saves with just three goals allowed to the Friars for a .959 save percentage. She made 39 saves, just three shy of her career high, in a season-opening 2-1 victory. She then made 31 saves in the second game as the Buckeyes rallied for a 3-2 win to complete the sweep. A native of Mount Sinai, N.Y., Bonanno has now made 30 or more saves in a game 19 times in her career.
A DECADE OF OHIO STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
The Ohio State women’s hockey program is celebrating its 10th year throughout the 2008-09 season. Under the direction of head coach Jackie Barto for the duration of the program, the Buckeyes have developed into a nationally-ranked team while battling in the top women’s hockey league, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Buckeyes have an overall record of 145-174-33 (94-128-26 WCHA) during their nine-plus seasons and have never finished below fifth in the conference standings.
The Buckeyes hit the road with back-to-back conference series, beginning with a trip to Bemidji State, Jan. 23-24. Games begin at 2 p.m. (CT) both Friday and Saturday at the John Glas Fieldhouse.