Junior forward Natalie Spooner scores three goals and adds assist for Buckeyes

Natalie Spooner had three goals and an assist for the Buckeyes

St. Cloud, Minn. -- St. Cloud State University's Julia Gilbert (Hermantown) netted her fourth career goal to snap the Huskies 298:21 minute scoreless streak as the Ohio State University (13-12-2, 7-12-2-2 WCHA) downed the Huskies by a score of 6-1 on Friday afternoon, Jan. 28, in the National Hockey Center.

Of note, Gilbert started and ended the scoreless streak for the Huskies as she was the last SCSU player to light the lamp at the 12:54 mark of the third period against Bemidji State on Saturday, Jan. 8, in the NHC. SCSU went over 14 periods of play without scoring in the ever-grueling WCHA.

The Huskies out-shot the Buckeyes in the first frame, 11-9, however fell behind late in the period when Ohio State's Shannon Reilly netted her only goal of the game on the power play at 15:41. Linemate Natalie Spooner centered the puck from behind the net and found Reilly for the chip shot which went top-shelf past SCSU's senior goaltender Ashley Nixon (Blaine).

Ohio State upped its lead to 3-0 before the second intermission with scores from Natalie Spooner and Ally Tarr. Spooner, who completed the natural hat trick this afternoon, connected on a short-handed tally at 9:58. OSU's Laura McIntosh blocked a Husky power play shot from the point and Spooner was there to gather up the puck in neutral ice and storm into the Husky zone on a breakaway. McIntosh deked Nixon to the right and switched the puck to her backhand for the impressive goal over Nixon's shoulder.

Tarr's first of two goals in the contest came at the 18:13 mark on a four-on-four. The Buckeyes sent a plethora of shots on net and Tarr eventually banged the rebound home for her fourth score on the season.

After 40 minutes of play, OSU held a slight advantage in shots, 21-19.

The hockey crowd in the National Hockey Center witnessed a flurry of scoring in the final period as OSU tacked on three more goals and SCSU secured a much-needed tally by rookie forward Julia Gilbert.

OSU's Spooner netted goals at 4:02 and 7:57, both on the power play, to chart the trifecta. Less than four minutes later, the pesky Huskies finally cracked the scoreboard with Gilbert's power play goal at 11:15. SCSU's Alex Nelson (Andover) sent a wrister on net. OSU's Lisa Steffes made the initial save, but Gilbert was waiting on the doorstep for the rebound. Rookie Sydney Burghardt (Medicine Hat, Alberta) was awarded the second helper on the PPG for the Huskies.

Of note, this was the Huskies first power play score of 2011, including SCSU's first PPG in the last 40 tries. The last power play tally for St. Cloud State came on Dec. 3, 2010, when first year Molli Mott (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored at 5:56 against Minnesota Duluth.

Nixon tabbed 26 saves in the loss, bringing her career total to 2,792. The Blaine native needs just 285 saves to tie SCSU career leader Laura Gieselmen, who backstopped the Huskies with 3,077 saves from 1999-03.

St. Cloud State will complete the weekend tilt with the Buckeyes tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1:07 pm in the National Hockey Center.

Women's hockey fans...the St. Cloud State University Athletic Department will kick-off the 25th Anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the SCSU women's hockey game and SCSU women's and men's basketball games.

To honor National Girls and Women in Sport Day, all women and girls are invited to attend the women's hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1:07, the SCSU women's basketball game at 4:00 p.m., followed by the men's basketball game at 6:00 p.m., free of charge.

A meet the team and autograph session will take place following the women's hockey game at the National Hockey Center and the women's basketball game at Halenbeck Hall. Team members will be available after the game to visit with young girls and boys, and to sign autographs.

Women's hockey is hosting Ohio State University in a WCHA game that day and the women's basketball team plays host to Augustana College in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) tilt.

The national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day is February 2, 2011, and this year's theme is "Play, Believe, Achieve."

NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements of female athletes and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.