COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s top three players combined for two goals and three assists as the No. 9/10 Buckeyes downed the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team 3-1 Saturday night at the OSU Ice Rink.
The first period started off slow as neither teams could get on the board. However, Ohio State found a late period goal with 53 seconds left in the first frame. The Buckeye’s Laura McIntosh teamed up with Hokey Langan for the goal. The shots were fairly even in the period with OSU taking the advantage 11-9.
In the second the Beavers attempted to battle back. OSU’s freshman tender Lisa Steffes kept the Beavers scoreless up until the final three minutes of the period when BSU newcomer Danielle Williams (Fr., Fwd., Waconia, Minn.) scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at one a piece. The goal was the first of Williams’ collegiate career.
Unfortunately for the Beavers, the Buckeyes would find another late period goal this time on the power play. OSU’s Olmpian Natalie Spooner recorded her 15th goal of the season at the 19 minute mark to give the Buckeyes a one goal lead heading into the final period.
Down again, the Beavers out-skated Ohio State in the third period and out-shot the Buckeyes 14-8. However, Steffes kept BSU from finding the desperately needed tying goal and an empty-net goal by Minttu Touminen in the final minute was all the No. 9/10 Buckeyes needed to claim their fourth conference win of the season.
Zuzana Tomcikova (Jr., G., Bratislava, Slovakia) played solid between the pipes for the Beavers making 31 saves in the contest to record a .940 save percentage. On the weekend she turned away 66 shots for a .943 save percentage.
Part of Ohio State success in shutting down the Beaver offense was in limiting the amount of shots they allowed on net. Normally Bemidji State blocks more shots than its opponents, however, on the weekend OSU blocked a total of 45 shots including 25 in Saturday’s contest. BSU only had 33 blocked shots on the weekend.
Over the weekend, two BSU freshman recorded points as Allie Duellman (Def., Maplewood, Minn.) scored the Beavers’ second goal last night prior to Williams scoring the lone goal for the Beavers tonight.
The BSU women’s hockey team will return to Bemidji next weekend to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for a Friday-Saturday match up. Game times are set for 2:07 p.m. on both days.
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