COLUMBUS, Ohio - After giving up a goal in the early minutes, the Ohio State women's hockey team (2-0-1, 2-0-1-1 WCHA) rallied to down St. Cloud State (1-4-0, 0-3-0 WCHA), 5-1, in a WCHA matchup at the OSU Ice Rink Friday.
At 1:20 in the first period, SCSU's Jocelyn Zabrick found the back of the net after the puck ricocheted off the post, with senior forward Brittany Toor credited with the helper.
A few moments later at the 4:12 mark, Ohio State freshman Danielle Gagne nabbed her first career goal after finding the back of net in the crease and was assisted by sophomore Madison Marcotte and fellow rookie Taylor Kuehl.
The Buckeyes, who outshot St. Cloud State, 20-4, in the first stanza, also saw Laura McIntosh and Hokey Langan score in the period. McIntosh's goal came at 6:06 assisted by Ally Tarr and Brittany Carlson, while Langan scored a shot from the left with the help of McIntosh and Natalie Spooner at 17:04. Both goals were the first of the season for McIntosh and Langan.
A penalty-ridden second period left both squads scoreless, with the Buckeye defense holding the Huskies to only five shots on goal.
Ohio State was able to again generate offensive momentum in the third period when Spooner scored at 9:09 from Kuehl and sophomore Annie Svedin. Spooner's 75th career goal made her Ohio State's all-time leader in goals scored in conference play.
Just 12 seconds later at 9:21, junior Tina Hollowell, from junior Paige Semenza and Marcotte, scored for the first time this season to give Ohio State a four goal lead.
The Buckeyes outshot the Huskies, 48-17, and won in the face-off circle, 37-29. Ohio State goaltender Lisa Steffes improved to 2-0-0 and tallied 16 saves, while St. Cloud's Tayler VanDenakker falls to 0-3-0 with 43 saves.
Ohio State will conclude its series with St. Cloud State Saturday at 4:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.