COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 10th-ranked Ohio State women's hockey team opened its home and Western Collegiate Hockey Association schedule with a 3-1 victory against St. Cloud State Friday evening at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus. The Buckeyes improve to 3-0-0 this season, while the Huskies are 0-4-0 (0-1-0 WCHA).
Lisa Steffes, the reigning WCHA Rookie of the Week, had her third-consecutive game with just one goal allowed while Natalie Spooner and Shannon Reilly led the Buckeyes offensely with a goal and assist apiece.
Ohio State built a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission when sophomore Hokey Langan put in the rebound off a shot by Becky Allis with junior Laura McIntosh picking up the second assist. The assist by Allis, a freshman defenseman from West Olive, Mich., was her first point as a Buckeye.
After a scoreless second period in which Ohio State limited the Huskies to three shots on goal, Reilly scored just 1:28 into the third period for a 2-0 lead. The senior defenseman put in a loose puck during a scramble, with classmate Christina Mancuso and Spooner on the assists.
St. Cloud State took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to get on the board at 4:45 and cut the score to 2-1. Julia Gilbert slipped the puck in from the right post, set up by Molli Mott and Katie Allen.
Spooner then tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the season to seal the win. Reilly found Spooner in the neutral zone for a breakaway, finishing with a wrist shot at 15:24. Steffes had the second assist on the goal for her first career point.
For the game, Ohio State peppered the SCSU net with 38 shots, while limiting the Huskies to 17. Ashley Nixon (0-3-0) made 35 saves for St. Cloud State. The Buckeyes were 0-of-7 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.
Ohio State concludes its series against St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. A "Skate with the Buckeyes" session and team autographs will follow the game. Admission is free and live video, audio and stats are available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
- Shannon Reilly has 13 points (2g, 11a) in 16 career games against St. Cloud State.
- Laura McIntosh extended her point streak to 11 games with an assist on the first goal.
- With her goal and assist, Natalie Spooner now as a point in 18-consecutive series.