OHIO STATE TOPS SYRACUSE, 6-2, TO SWEEP WEEKEND SERIES
Junior forward Natalie Spooner posts two goals and assist for Buckeyes

Natalie Spooner scored two goals and an assist for OSU

Twelve Buckeyes had a point and rookie goalie Lisa Steffes made 44 saves as the 10th-ranked Ohio State women's hockey team completed a sweep of Syracuse with a 6-2 win Saturday in a non-conference matchup at the OSU Ice Rink.

The sweep is Ohio State's third in four series this season as the team improves to 6-2-0 (2-2-0 WCHA). The Orange moves to .500 on the season at 4-4-1 (0-0-0 CHA).

Leading Ohio State offensively was junior Natalie Spooner with three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore Hokey Langan, junior Laura McIntosh and senior Shannon Reilly each had two assists while sophomore Tina Hollowell had a goal and assist. A pair of Buckeyes - sophomore Amanda Boskovich and freshman Becky Allis - also scored the first goals of their career.

On the other end of the ice, Steffes recorded her third game with 40-plus saves in her last four starts. She held the Orange scoreless in the second and third periods with 33 saves alone in those 40 minutes. The Amherstburg, Ontario, native improved to 6-2-0 while upping her save percentage to .931.

Spooner got things rolling 6:27 into the first period when she redirected in a shot by Kelly Wild, but Syracuse took advantage of two power play opportunities to take a 2-1 lead. Akane Hosoyamada scored on a one-timer at 10:33. Cara Johnson then put in the rebound of a shot by Erin Burns at 15:54.

The Buckeyes knotted the score at 2-all just before the first intermission with a power play goal of their own. Spooner connected with Langan and McIntosh, scoring top-shelf from the right post at 18:08.

It was all Ohio State from there, adding two more goals in both the second and third periods.

Senior Christina Mancuso returned the Buckeyes to the lead just 1:38 into the second stanza when she deflected in shot from the point by classmate Teal Bishop with a second assist by junior Kim Theut.

Boskovich then lit the lamp at 12:48 from the right doorstep when freshman Ally Tarr tapped the puck over to her for the 4-2 lead at the second intermission.

Ohio State added two more goals in a minute-span in the third period for the 6-2 final. Hollowell scored on a shot from the left side of the net at 12:37 with assists by Reilly and Spooner. Allis then finished the scoring at 13:27 on a wrist shot at set up by McIntosh and Langan.

Overall, Syracuse had a 46-28 advantage in shots and was 2-of-5 on the power play. The Buckeyes were 1-of-5 with the man-advantage. Jenesica Drinkwater had 22 saves for the Orange and moves to 2-1-1 this season.

Up next, Ohio State returns to conference play with a road series at No. 6/7 North Dakota, Nov. 6-7 in Grand Forks. Games begin at 2 p.m. (CT) both Saturday and Sunday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Game Notes:

- This was the first meeting between Ohio State and Syracuse, who is in their third season as a Division I program.

- The Buckeyes have swept their first two non-conference opponents, both from the College Hockey America league. OSU opened the season with two 4-1 wins at Robert Morris.

- Ohio State will also play Wayne State from the CHA, Dec. 30-31 at the OSU Ice Rink.

- Natalie Spooner has scored two goals in a game four times this season.

- Spooner extended her point streak to 12 games and her goal streak to nine games (both dating back to last season). The goal streak is a program record and her point streak is the fourth-longest in team history.

- Spooner also moved into the 10th spot in Ohio State all-time point standings with 91.

- Hokey Langan extended her point streak to 10 games (dating back to last season). In her 45 career games, Langan has been held without a point just eight times.