COLUMBUS, Ohio - Laura McIntosh became the sixth Buckeye to reach the 100-point milestone Friday when she dished out three assists in the 10th-ranked Ohio State women's hockey team's 5-1 victory over Syracuse in the first game of a non-conference series at the OSU Ice Rink.
McIntosh, a junior forward from Waterloo, Ontario, eclipsed the century mark and has 101 points in 80 career games. She was one of four Buckeyes with multiple points Friday as Hokey Langan also had three points (1g, 2a), Natalie Spooner scored twice and Kelly Wild had a goal and assist.
The Buckeyes (5-2-0) built a quick lead scoring twice in the opening 5 minutes of the game. McIntosh had a blocked shot from the top of the slot and Langan picked up the loose puck. She tapped it into the net behind Syracuse netminder Kallie Billadeau to open the scoring at 3:20. Wild had the second assist on the goal.
Just over a minute later, Ohio State came charging toward the SU net with junior Melissa Feste putting in the rebound of a shot by sophomore Liz Rizzo. It was the first goal of the year for Feste and the first assist for Rizzo.
Ohio State led 2-0 until 6:42 into the second period when Syracuse (4-3-1) cut the lead to one goal. Julie Rising scored during a scramble in front of the Buckeye net, set up by Stefanie Marty and Megan Skelly.
Spooner took charge in the 11th minute of the period to give OSU a 4-1 lead. The junior forward backhanded the puck in five-hole while skating in front of the net at 11:12 with assists by sophomore Tina Hollowell and freshman Ally Tarr.
Only 13 seconds later, Spooner wound up for the slap shot and fired the puck in while on the power play. McIntosh and Langan had the assists.
The Buckeyes added their fifth goal 35 seconds into the third period when McIntosh sent the puck in from the top of the slot and Wild swept it into the net from the right post. Langan had the second assist.
For the fifth time in seven games this season, freshman Lisa Steffes limited opponents to one goal. The Amherstburg, Ontario, native made 21 saves and improved to 5-2-0. Billadeau (1-3-0) let in the first three goals to register the loss for the Orange. Jenesica Drinkwater played the last 28:48 in the SU goal.
Overall, Ohio State had a 34-22 advantage in shots. The Buckeyes were 2-of-4 on the power play and killed off both penalties.
Ohio State and Syracuse finish their series with a 4 p.m. game Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. Admission is free and a "Skate with the Buckeyes" session with autographs will follow.
* Laura McIntosh also moved into third place in career assists in the Buckeye records with 74.
* Natalie Spooner extended her point streak to 11 games and her goal streak to eight games (both dating back to last season). She also now has a point in 20-consecutive series beginning with the second series of the 2009-10 season.
* Hokey Langan extended her point streak to nine games.
* The assist on the third OSU goal was Ally Tarr's first college point.