COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team fell to No. 2 Minnesota, 7-4, Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink in the team's regular season home finale. Senior Natalie Spooner led the team and had a hand in all four Buckeye goals, having two goals and two assists.
Ohio State (15-13-4, 12-13-1-1) honored its five seniors prior to the game - Brittany Carlson, Spooner, Kelly Wild, Melissa Feste and Laura McIntosh.
Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Knapp totaled 31 saves in net for the Buckeyes, while Gopher goalie Noora Raty finished with 20 saves.
Ohio State struck first, scoring at 11:29 in the first. Freshman Sara Schmitt sent a shot flying to the net and sophomore Ally Tarr tapped it in for the score. Spooner was also credited with the assist. The Gophers (26-4-2, 20-4-2-1) responded at 15:33 with a goal by Sarah Erickson to send the teams into the first intermission tied at 1-1.
Minnesota's Jen Schoullis kicked off a goal-laden second period with a short-handed score at 3:31. Ohio State locked the score at two apiece when Spooner found the back of the net at 5:05. Following a Gopher checking call, the Scarborough, Ontario product notched the power play goal with assists to McIntosh and junior Minttu Tuominen.
Gopher Sarah Davis gave the visitors a two-goal advantage, scoring at 9:58 and 11:57 in the second to make it 4-2. Spooner cut the Minnesota lead to one, scoring her second power play goal of the game at 15:57 with assists to McIntosh and Knapp. The goal was the 29th of the season for Spooner. That mark tied Jeni Creary's season goal record set during the 2004-05 season.
Minnesota's Kessel notched a power play goal at 17:06 to close out the second period and give the Gophers a 5-3 lead heading into the final intermission.
The Gophers scored quickly in the third on a goal by Rachael Bona at 00:33. Tarr picked up her second goal of the game halfway through the period at 11:35 with assists to Spooner and Schmitt. A power play goal by Minnesota at 14:32 sealed the 7-4 win.
Ohio State closes out the regular season on the road, traveling to No. 1 Wisconsin, Feb. 17-18. The squads face off at 3 p.m. ET to open the series and follow with a 1:30 p.m. ET game the next day. Saturday's game will be broadcast by BTN from the Kohl Center.