Buckeyes face Badgers in Saturday-Sunday WCHA series at the Kohl Center
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team hits the road for the second of back-to-back away series against Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponents, traveling to Wisconsin to face the top-ranked Badgers, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Games begin at 2 p.m. (CT) Saturday and noon Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
    The Buckeyes (6-17-3, 4-14-2-2 WCHA) were at Bemidji State last weekend where they won in a shootout (1-0) after a 3-3 tie Friday, followed by a 3-1 defeat Saturday. Wisconsin (22-1-3, 16-1-3-1 WCHA) took over the No. 1 ranking in both women’s hockey polls this week after sweeping a road series at St. Cloud State by scores of 5-1 and 6-3. The Badgers are tied for the first in the WCHA with 36 points.

    Live scoring and video for the Ohio State-Wisconsin series will be available on the Badgers’ official athletics site at Links to the games are available on the Buckeye women’s hockey schedule page on

    The Buckeyes moved to seventh with 12 points in the WCHA standings last weekend. They trail sixth-place Minnesota State by a point and are ahead of eighth-place Bemidji State by five points. The OSU special teams are operating at 13 percent on the power play and 78.3 percent on the penalty kill.
    Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Laura McIntosh with a team-high 31 points and 24 assists. Fellow rookie forward Natalie Spooner and senior co-captain Hayley Klassen are tied for second with 25 points. Spooner leads the team with 17 goals, while Klassen is second in both goals (11) and assists (14).
    The OSU net has been patrolled by senior Liana Bonanno and sophomore Deidre Facklis the majority of the season. Bonanno, who has started the last four games, is 5-13-2 with a 3.60 GAA and .896 save percentage. Facklis has a 1-3-1 record, 6.35 GAA and .847 save percentage in her nine appearances.

    Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Ohio State by a 33-3-6 margin. The Buckeyes are 14-1-3 in Madison with the win against the Badgers coming Nov. 1, 2003. Last season, OSU tied Wisconsin in the Kohl Center, 2-2, after falling 4-0 in the first game (Oct. 13-14, 2007).

    Then-No. 9 Ohio State dropped its first two WCHA games of the season to then-No. 2 Wisconsin in the Buckeyes’ home opener at the OSU Ice Rink, Oct. 10-11. Senior Hayley Klassen and freshman Natalie Spooner each scored twice and rookie Laura McIntosh had two assists in a 7-4 loss in the first game. In game two, Wisconsin scored a goal in each of the first two periods and added two more in the third for a 4-0 win.
   Along with the two assists by McIntosh in game one, four other Buckeyes, including three defensemen, picked up helpers Teal Bishop, Brittany Carlson, Shannon Reilly and forward Morgan Marziali. The four goals scored were the most by Ohio State in a game against the Badgers since March 14, 2004 in a 5-4 overtime loss.

    The Buckeyes are playing in their third Saturday-Sunday series of the 2008-09 season this weekend at Wisconsin. Ohio State’s two other Saturday-Sunday series also were on the road in back-to-back weekends with a 1-3-0 mark. The Buckeyes fell to North Dakota twice (4-2 and 5-4 OT, Nov. 1-2) and split with St. Cloud State (W 3-2, L 2-5, Nov. 8-9).

    After ending her point streak at seven games Jan. 16 vs. St. Cloud State, Laura McIntosh has started another one with a point in each of the last three games. The freshman from Waterloo, Ontario, has a point in 10 of the last 11 games overall with 14 points (3g, 11a) in that span. She has been held without a point in back-to-back games only twice this season.
    Linemate Hayley Klassen has recorded a point in 10 of the last 12 games, including two goals and two assists last weekend at Bemidji State. Overall, the co-captain has six goals and 10 assists in her 12-game span. In her first 10 games of the season, Klassen recorded points in just three of them. She also missed four games with an injury during the first half.

    Freshman forwards Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner rank among the best in the NCAA. McIntosh is tied for eighth in assists per game with 0.92 and seventh in freshman scoring with 1.19 points per game. Spooner is just ahead of her in sixth with 1.25 points per game and stands 11th in goals per game with 0.85.
    Overall in the WCHA conference, McIntosh is fourth in freshman points (and tied for 10th overall) with 31 with Spooner behind her in sixth with 25 points. McIntosh is tied for third with 24 assists, while Spooner is tied for fifth with 17 goals.

    Laura McIntosh leads the Buckeyes in points with 31 and has recorded all but four of them against Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponents. She is tied for fifth in points in WCHA games only with 27. Her 21 assists against league teams is tied for first.

    Senior co-captain Hayley Klassen has scored all 11 of her goals against WCHA opponents. She is tied for ninth in goal-scoring in WCHA games only and her 11 goals are tied for 19th overall in the conference.

    Laura McIntosh is climbing two Buckeye records this season. Her 24 assists are tied for seventh in the Ohio State single-season records. The Waterloo, Ontario, native also has moved up to fourth in scoring by a freshman. Her 24 helpers are the second-most by an OSU rookie, trailing the record set by Kelli Halcisak by three.

    This season, the WCHA introduced a shootout format to determine the winner of tied overtime games. After not playing in one during their first 13 conference games of the season, the Buckeyes have participated in shootouts twice in their last seven league games and have won both by scores of 1-0.
    OSU’s first shootout came at Minnesota State (Dec. 13) to settle a 5-5 tie, with sophomore Jenna Kilpatrick netting the winner in nine rounds. Last weekend at Bemidji State, freshman Natalie Spooner scored the winner in round three after a 3-3 tie.

    The Buckeyes were at Bemidji State, Jan. 23-24, where they defeated the Beavers 1-0 in a shootout after a 3-3 tie Friday. BSU then took game two by a score of 3-1. Hayley Klassen factored into all four Ohio State goals in the series, adding two assists to her goal Friday. She then scored the lone Buckeye goal Saturday. Also with multiple points in the series was sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly with a goal and assist and freshman forward Laura McIntosh with two assists.
    Ohio State never led in the first game, but sent it into overtime with 44 seconds left on an extra-attacker goal by Reilly. Senior co-captains Klassen and Morgan Marziali also scored in the game.

 The shootout win Friday ended a four-game losing streak for Ohio State.
 The loss Saturday snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak the Buckeyes held against BSU. Ohio State had swept the last three series.

    After starting the season 4-4-0, the Buckeyes are 2-13-3 in their last 16 games. During their three-week homestand to open the second half of the season, they were unable to capitalize on familiar ice with a 0-5-1 combined mark against Boston University (Jan. 2-3), Minnesota (Jan. 9-10) and St. Cloud State (Jan. 16-17). Ohio State then tied Bemidji State, 3-3, before topping them in a shootout (1-0), and dropped game two by a score of 3-1 last weekend in Bemidji. 

    Sophomore defenseman Shannon Reilly has nine points in the last 10 games, including the game-tying goal and assist at Bemidji State last Friday. In her first 15 games of the season, Reilly had just four points.
    Last season, the Chanhassen, Minn., native led the Buckeyes in freshmen scoring with 24 points (6g, 18a). Reilly is currently fifth on the team in scoring with 13 points, good for a tie for eighth overall among WCHA defensemen.

    With a four points at Bemidji State, senior forward Hayley Klassen increased her career point total to 88. The co-captain from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ranks ninth all-time in the OSU record books and is a point away of the eighth position. She has 42 career goals to tie for fifth with former teammate Tessa Bonhomme.
    Klassen has five multi-point performances this season, including a career-high four points against Minnesota State (Dec. 13) and is tied for second on the team in scoring with 25 points (11g, 14a) even after missing four games with an injury.

    On Jan. 8, senior defenseman Megan Hostasek got to celebrate something that had been missing for a while. The Kimberley, British Columbia, native scored a goal against Minnesota that day her first since Jan. 19, 2007. It was a stretch that covered all of last season and totaled 65 games.

    Natalie Spooner has had trouble finding the back of the net as of late. She is scoreless in her six games played in 2009 despite firing a combined 41 shots on goal in those games. She has three assists in that span.

    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 20 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).

    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.

    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).

    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 ( 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.

    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 145-178-33 (94-132-26 WCHA) during their nine-plus seasons and have never finished below fifth in the conference standings.

    The Buckeyes return to home ice at the OSU Ice Rink to host North Dakota, Feb. 6-7. Games begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.