COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior forwards Natalie Spooner and Laura McIntosh picked up right where they left off last season, with two goals and an assist apiece in the Ohio State women's hockey team's season-opening 4-1 win at Robert Morris Friday in Pittsburgh. The pair of assistant captains each picked up an assist as well for three points against the Colonials (1-2-0).
Along with Spooner and McIntosh, reigning WCHA Rookie of the Year Hokey Langan also had a multiple-point performance with two assists.
McIntosh scored twice in the first period to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. The Waterloo, Ontario, native tallied the first goal of the season at 10:57 with assists by Langan and senior defenseman Teal Bishop.
Ohio State then scored a power play goal just over a minute before the intermission. Set up by Spooner and Langan, McIntosh scored her second goal at 18:44.
Robert Morris erased the shutout 7:47 into the second period on a goal by Brianna Delaney with an assist by Brandi Pollock, but Ohio State held the 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
The Buckeyes pulled away with two goals by Spooner in the third period. The Scarborough, Ontario, product again connected with McIntosh on the power play at 5:45 before scoring on a pass by junior Melissa Feste at 10:14.
Also starting out the season well was freshman goaltender Lisa Steffes. She stopped 17 of 18 shots faced in her first career start and turned away all power play shots fired by the Colonials as the Buckeye penalty kill was a perfect 5-of-5.
Overall, Ohio State outshot Robert Morris 30-18 and was 2-of-6 on the power play. Kristen DiCiocco (1-1-0) had 26 saves for the Colonials.
Ohio State wraps up its non-conference series at Robert Morris with a game at 2 p.m. Saturday. Live scoring is available on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com or game updates through www.twitter.com/OhioState_WHKY.
- With her three points, Laura McIntosh extended her point streak she carried over from 2009-10 to nine games.
- Natalie Spooner now has at least one point in each of the last 17 series with her three points vs. Robert Morris.
- McIntosh moved into 10th place in the Ohio State career point rankings with 87 and Spooner stands 12th with 77 points.
- For the second-consecutive season, Ohio State started a freshman in net for the season-opener.