Senior forward Laura McIntosh registers four assists for Buckeyes

Laura McIntosh picked up four assists for the Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senior Laura McIntosh had four assists and five different Buckeyes scored to propel the Ohio State women's hockey team (9-5-2) to a 5-2 victory Saturday in the final game of the two-game series with non-conference opponent Niagara (7-7-5) at the OSU Ice Rink.

Niagara struck first at 18:15 in the opening period with a goal by Jessica Hitchcock from Erica Owczarczak and Kelsey Welch. The Buckeyes powered back soon after at 19:29 when sophomore Annie Svedin picked up a rebound from senior Natalie Spooner and landed a shot. With the assists from Spooner and McIntosh, Svedin's first-career goal evened the score at 1-1 to close the first period.

Both offenses heated up in the second with Ohio State scoring an early goal by junior Hokey Langan. The puck was dished from the blue line by senior Kelly Wild to Langan at the top of the circle, who slipped it past Abby Ryplanski into the goal.

With the Buckeyes down one skater after an interference penalty on Svedin, Niagara was able to capitalize on the power play at 6:39 when Kalli Funk connected on a shot from Jocey Kleiber and Owczarczak to even the score at 2-2.

After a series of penalties put Niagara down two skaters, Ohio State struck again at 13:48. Picking up a rebounded shot by McIntosh, the power play goal was Ally Tarr's eighth of the season. Freshman Taylor Kuehl was also credited with an assist. The second period closed with Ohio State leading 3-2.

At 3:31 in the third, junior Tina Hollowell landed her second goal of the season on an assist from junior Paige Semenza. Later in the period, Spooner deposited her 15th goal of the season from an assist by Langan and McIntosh with just under eight minutes to play.

The Buckeyes continued with strong defense through the remainder of the third period, defeating the Purple Eagles 5-2.

Sophomore goalie Lisa Steffes had 29 saves in the Buckeye victory to improve to 7-3-0 on the season. Ohio State and Niagara shot evenly at 31 shots a piece.

Up next, Ohio State takes to the road for a WCHA series against No. 2 Minnesota at Ridder Arena, Dec. 10-11. Both games are set for 3:07 p.m. ET.