COLUMBUS, Ohio - Laura McIntosh wrote her name in another category of the Ohio State record books Saturday, becoming just the fifth Buckeye in team history to have five points in a game as she scored a hat trick and added two assists in the 10th-ranked women's hockey team's 6-1 victory over St. Cloud State at the OSU Ice Rink.
The win completed the sweep of the Huskies (0-5-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) and is Ohio State's fourth-consecutive with a 4-0-0 record to start the season (2-0-0 WCHA).
Through four games, McIntosh already has 10 points with five goals and five assists. The junior assistant captain is only six points away from 100 after collecting 26 goals and 68 assists in 77 career games.
"I felt great going into the game," McIntosh, a native of Waterloo, Ontario, said afterwards. "I wasn't satisfied with how I played yesterday, so I wanted to pick it up a notch. I guess it worked."
McIntosh was not the only Buckeye with multiple points in the game as juniors Natalie Spooner and Kelly Wild had a goal and assist apiece and sophomore Hokey Langan tallied two assists. A total of nine Buckeyes had a point in the game.
It was a close contest through the first two periods, with the Buckeyes leading 2-1 at the end of 40 minutes.
McIntosh got the Buckeyes on the board in the closing minute of the first period, calling for the puck while charging into the zone and scoring on a redirect at 19:33 off a pass from the boards by Langan. Wild picked up the second helper.
Just 3:41 into the second, McIntosh scored again when she put in the rebound off a shot by senior defenseman Teal Bishop. Sophomore Tina Hollowell registered her first point of the season by tapping the puck over to McIntosh.
St. Cloud State cut the OSU lead to one at 6:05 when the Huskies quickly converted on a power play opportunity. Alex Nelson scored from the left side of the net with Amanda Monkman on the assist.
Ohio State pulled away early in the third period, with Spooner and McIntosh scoring just 30 seconds apart to build a 4-1 lead.
Spooner netted her goal at 5:40 as she skated through the slot and backhanded in the puck off assists by freshman defenseman Becky Allis and sophomore Paige Semenza. McIntosh then completed her hat trick at 6:10, scoring an unassisted 4-on-4 goal.
The Buckeyes added two more goals, with McIntosh setting up both, for a 6-1 final. Jumping onto the ice during a line change, senior defenseman Shannon Reilly wound up at the top of the right circle and sailed the puck into the net at 10:03. Langan had the first assist on the goal.
As time was winding down, Wild scored on a one-timer from the slot at 19:19 with assists by Spooner and McIntosh on the power play.
On the other end of the ice, freshman goalie Lisa Steffes (4-0-0) continued the great start to her college career by making 21 saves. The Amherstburg, Ontario, native has limited opponents to a single goal in each game and has a .951 save percentage after stopping 77 of 81 shots faced.
For the game, Ohio State outshot St. Cloud State 41-22, including a 15-4 advantage in the third period. Each team scored a power play goal with the Buckeyes 1-of-5 and the Huskies 1-of-6.
Ohio State continues its Western Collegiate Hockey Association schedule with a series at No. 3/4 Wisconsin, Oct. 22-23. Games begin at 7 p.m. (CT) both Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
- Laura McIntosh joins Hokey Langan (vs. Bemidji State, Jan. 22, 2010), Tessa Bonhomme (vs. North Dakota Jan. 5, 2008), Emma Laaksonen and Kelli Halcisak (both vs. Wayne State, March 2, 2001) as Buckeyes who have scored five points in a game.
- The hat trick was the second by McIntosh in her career. She also scored three times vs. Minnesota State, Feb. 20, 2008.
- McIntosh and Teal Bishop were both plus-5 in Saturday's game.
- Ohio State has started the season by winning its first four games for the second time in team history (also in 2005-06).
- McIntosh also extended her point streak to 12 games, carrying it over from the end of the 2009-10 season. It is the third-longest streak in team history.
- Natalie Spooner, McIntosh and Langan have a point in each game this season. Spooner is on an eight-game point streak and has at least two points in each game this year.