COLUMBUS, Ohio - After defeating Minnesota State Friday night, the Ohio State women's hockey team swept the series with a 4-2 win over the Mavericks Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes improve to 13-9-4, 10-9-1-1 (WCHA) and the Mavericks drop to 7-19-0, 3-17-0 (WCHA).
Despite Ohio State's two power play opportunities, the Buckeyes and the Mavericks skated to a scoreless first period with Ohio State leading shots, 11-4.
Senior assistant captain Natalie Spooner fired up the Buckeye offense at 4:47 in the second with the first score of the game. With the dish from senior captain Laura McIntosh, Spooner scored her 22nd goal of the season. Leading 1-0, the Buckeyes did not back down offensively.
Grabbing an assist from freshman Taylor Kuehl, senior captain Kelly Wild deposited her second goal of the season at 7:48. Shortly after at 8:15, Kuehl followed with what was also her second goal of the season. Senior Melissa Feste was credited with the assist as the Buckeyes widened the lead to 3-0.
After an interference penalty on the Mavericks, the Buckeyes were able to capitalize on the power play at 16:14. Sophomore Ally Tarr nabbed her 14th goal of the season, connecting on a shot from McIntosh and Spooner.
The Mavericks answered with a power play goal of their own at 17:20 when junior Emilia Andersson scored with assists from senior Jackie Otto and junior Lauren Smith. The explosive second period ended with the Buckeyes leading 4-1.
The Mavericks were able to tack one final score on the board as the third period neared the close with a goal by Kari Lundberg at 15:30. She was assisted by Tracy McCann and Lauren Zrust. The Buckeye defense held strong for the remainder of the game to win 4-2.
McIntosh's two assists moves her with three points of tying Jana Harrigan's (2003-06) career-points record of 160. McIntosh leads all current Buckeyes with 157 points in her career. The goal and assist by Spooner moved her past Jeni Creary (2002-05) into third place with 148 career points.
On goal, sophomore Buckeye Lisa Steffes stopped 22 shots to senior Maverick Alli Altmann's 33 saves for MSU. The Buckeyes outshot the Mavericks 37-24.
The Buckeyes take the ice again on Friday, Jan. 27, for a WCHA matchup with North Dakota. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink. The teams close out the series with a 4:07 p.m. match Saturday, Jan. 28.