Senior Natalie Spooner and freshman Danielle Gagne scored two goals apiece in the Ohio State women's hockey team's 6-3 win at Syracuse Friday in Syracuse, N.Y. The Buckeyes improved to 6-4-1 on the season, while the Orange fell to 5-8-0.
Five Buckeyes finished with two more points on the night. Spooner finished with three points (2g, 1a), while Gagne, sophomore Ally Tarr, senior Laura McIntosh and freshman Taylor Kuehl had two points each.
The Orange took a 1-0 lead halfway through the first as Holly Carrie-Mattimoe scored at 9:33. Two Syracuse players were credited with assists in Megan Skelly and Kaillie Goodnough. The Buckeyes responded at 18:50 to lock the score at 1-1 when sophomore defenseman Madison Marcotte recorded the first goal of her career with assists to Tarr and Hokey Langan.
Syracuse went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead, however, and scored with four seconds remaining in the opening period. Carrie-Mattiemore tallied her second goal of the night with assists to Jordyn Burns and Caitlin Roach.
Spooner gave Ohio State its second goal of the game at 11:29 in the second after a Syracuse penalty put the Buckeyes on the power play. Sophomore defenseman Annie Svedin earned the assist. The two teams went into the final intermission tied at 2-2.
The Buckeyes took a 3-2 lead at 4:22 in the third after Spooner scored her second goal of the game and the ninth of the season with both teams at even strength. Senior captains McIntosh and Kelly Wild each earned an assist on the score. Gagne pushed Ohio State's lead to 4-2 at 7:57, scoring her third goal of the season on helpers from Kuehl and Tarr.
Freshman Sara Schmitt found the back of the net at 9:22, scoring the first goal of her career with McIntosh and Spooner earning the helpers. Gagne tallied Ohio State's final goal of the evening at 15:07 and was assisted by Kuehl.
Syracuse tallied one final goal at 19:46 from Jessica Sorensen.
Buckeyes led on shots, 32-21, and were 1-for-3 on the power play. Sophomore goalie Lisa Steffes earned the win to improve to 5-2-0 on the season and tallied 18 saves. Syracuse's Kallie Billadeau took the loss and finished with 26 stoppers.
The two squads return to the ice Saturday for a 4 p.m. game at the Tennity Ice Pavilion.