Comeback Falls Short in 4-3 Loss to Minnesota Duluth
Feb. 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The fifth-seeded Ohio State women's hockey team opened the postseason with a 4-3 loss at fourth-seeded Minnesota Duluth Friday at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. Senior Natalie Spooner scored twice for the Buckeyes to set a new Ohio State single season goals record in the loss.
Spooner entered the game with 29 goals on the season and was tied for first with former Buckeye Jeni Creary's record set during the 2004-05 season. With the two scores, Spooner now has 31 goals this years and 50 points overall to lead all Buckeyes. That mark is tied for third in points scored in a single season in Ohio State history.
With the two scores, Spooner also becomes the first Buckeye to score 100 goals in a career.
The Bulldogs (19-13-1) jumped on the scoreboard first when Jamie Kenyon scored a short-handed goal at 5:52 in the opening period. Ohio State (16-15-4) responded at 8:37 when senior captain Laura McIntosh notched her 12th goal of the season with the assist to freshman defender Sara Schmitt. The teams went into the intermission locked at 1-1.
UMD opened the next period with a quick goal coming at 0:53. Haley Irwin tallied the even-strength score and was assisted by Audrey Cournoyer. A minute later, Spooner scored her first goal of the game at 1:51 on the power play with assists to McIntosh and senior captain Kelly Wild.
At 10:51 in the second, the Bulldogs put another goal on the board when Kenyon notched her second goal of the game on the power play. The home squad went into the final break with a 3-2 lead.
UMD's Jenna McParland gave the Bulldogs a two-goal advantage early in the third, scoring at 2:30 on even strength. Spooner cut the UMD lead to one late with a power-play goal at 17:23 with assists to Hokey Langan and Kari Schmitt, but the Bulldogs held on for a 4-3 win.
Buckeye goalie Lisa Steffes totaled 19 saves in the loss, while UMD's Jennifer Harss stopped 34 Ohio State shots.
The Buckeyes led in shots, 37-23, while UMD had a 32-20 advantage in faceoffs.
The best-of-three series continues Saturday with a 4:37 p.m. ET puck drop in AMSOIL Arena.