COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jumping to an early three-goal lead in the first stanza, the Ohio State women's hockey team (3-0-1, 3-0-1-1 WCHA) closed its series with St. Cloud State (1-5-0, 0-0-4-0 WCHA) with a decisive 5-1 victory at the OSU Ice Rink.
After SCSU's Katie Allen was sent to the box for a slashing call at 2:56, junior Minttu Tuominen notched her first goal of the season with the Buckeyes on the power play. Sophomore Annie Svedin fired a shot towards the goal and Tuominen was there to tap it in past SCSU goalie Tayler VanDenakker. The score came at the 3:24 mark with Svedin and senior Natalie Spooner accredited with the assists.
Skating shorthanded, sophomore Ally Tarr broke away and found the net at 10:45 with an assist to senior Laura McIntosh. The assist gave McIntosh her 111th career point in WCHA play, making her Ohio State's all-time leader.
With the Buckeyes gaining offense momentum, McIntosh scored minutes later at 12:10 with the help of freshman Taylor Kuehl.
Coming out of the locker room, Spooner opened the second period with an unassisted goal at 5:37. Gagne would be the next Buckeye to score at 15:22 from Tarr.
Freshman Audrey Hanmer put the Huskies on the board at 10:42 in the third period after an Ohio State misconduct call left the Buckeyes a man down. Junior forward Alex Nelson received the helper.
Ohio State led the game in shots on goal, 35-21, but trailed in the faceoff circle, 31-34. Between the pipes, redshirt sophomore Chelsea improves to 1-0-1 and tallied 20 saves for the Buckeyes. SCSU's VanDenakker had 30 saves and fell to 0-4-0.
The Buckeyes will return to action Oct. 21-22 when they travel to Grand Forks, N.D., to take on North Dakota.